1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised

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Lot 210
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé

£ 75,000 - 85,000
US$ 94,000 - 110,000
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé
Registration no. KSA 378F
Chassis no. 11304410004019
Engine no. to be advised
*Rare California Coupé model
*Delivered new in France
*Manual transmission, power assisted steering, air conditioning
*Complete with hardtop
*Recently serviced

Footnotes

  • This left-hand drive 280 SL is an example of the 'California Coupé', a 2+2 version (first introduced on the 250 SL) that came with a rear bench seat occupying the space hitherto reserved for the convertible top. A removable hardtop provided the weather protection.

    The last of a popular and extremely successful line begun with the 230SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was introduced in 1967 powered by a new 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine that produced 180bhp, 20 horsepower more than the preceding 250 SL's. The 280 SL's 120mph top speed was no greater but it was significantly quicker off the mark, its 0-60mph time of 10 seconds being a whole second better than its predecessor's. Christened 'Pagoda Top' after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and remain highly sought after by collectors.

    'Some cars don't change, they just get better,' enthused Road & Track after testing a 280 SL in 1968. 'The Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, latest version of a line that began as the 230 SL in 1963, is the same as ever, just better. For those who value engineering finesse and high quality construction, it's alone in the field.'

    The car offered here was originally ordered and delivered in France, and has an unusual and desirable specification, being equipped with the four-speed manual gearbox, power assisted steering, and air conditioning. The 280 SL was subsequently exported to the USA, returning to Europe in 2000. Its new owner was Mr Van Eerd, a well known collector and racing driver.

    Registered in the UK in 2015, this 280 SL benefits from a recent full service and MoT test. In addition, the carpets have been replaced and the rear seat and door cards re-trimmed. Rarest of all the Pagodas, this beautiful California Coupé comes complete with a V5C document, MoT to March 2017, and its original handbooks, wallet and sales brochure.
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1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304410004019 Engine no. to be advised
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