<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474

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1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL

Sold for US$ 71,500 inc. premium
1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL
Chassis no. 113044-12-019017
Engine no. 130983-12-012474

2,778cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
170bhp at 5,700rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Classic Grey-Beige and Bamboo color combination
*Fine restoration by acclaimed craftsmen workshops
*An iconic Mercedes-Benz Classic
*Loaded with options including factory hard-top


THE MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL

In the Spring of 1963, Mercedes-Benz debuted an all-new roadster to replace the 190SL and 300SL- The 230SL. The 230SL 'Pagoda' was a stunning Paul Bracq designed two-seat convertible that followed Mercedes' new design language, featuring crisp lines and upright headlights. The 230SL was fitted with a prominent three-pointed star in its grill as a reference to the already iconic 300SL. To save on weight, the hood, door skins, trunk lid, and tonneau cover are all composed of aluminum. The nickname 'Pagoda' was quickly adopted thanks to the slightly concave roof on the optional removable hardtop that resembled a pagoda roof. Although controversial at its introduction, these SLs are now considered a masterpiece of design.

In 1967, Mercedes introduced the third and final iteration of the 'Pagoda', the 280SL. The 280 featured the same modified W111 chassis with a rear swing axle and independent front suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Power came from a 2.8-liter version of Mercedes' robust inline-six and used Bosch fuel injection - a combination producing 160 horsepower in US-market variants, which had to be modified slightly to comply with emissions standards. To compensate, the rear-end ratios were changed in these US-market cars to offer greater low-end acceleration.

While the 280SL did not offer the performance of the 300SL, it is a very charming model with capable handling and braking thanks to its suspension and all-wheel disc brakes. These roadsters also have one of the most beautiful bodies produced in the 1960s and thanks to their robust inline-6 and luxurious Mercedes interior are wonderful cars to be driven and enjoyed.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Vested in DB726 Grey Beige, with a matching hard top, and a Bamboo MB Tex interior, this US edition 280SL was completed at the Stuttgart factory in late 1970, with the left hand-drive steering system and automatic transmission. It was fitted with many desirable options, including air conditioning, AM/FM Becker radio, bumper guards, headrests, headlamp washers, cruise control, a factory hard top, Beige soft top and white walls.

Although its early ownership is undocumented, we know it was restored in the late 2000's in the northeast of the USA. According to records, the exterior was re-finished in the correct paint by Grosso Restorations, mechanical work was completed by Performance Imports and Koren's Autobody, and the correct interior was fitted by Ryan Custom Interiors, all of Danbury, Connecticut.

As can be seen today, extreme care was taken to ensure panel fit, emphasizing the crisp lines and sophisticated profile of the majestic Pagoda-top marque. Since its restoration the car has been lovingly maintained by collector owners, used only for limited seasonal pleasure driving. Accompanying the motorcar is a plethora of documentation, including copies of the factory build sheets and restoration receipts, a series of books, some ownership history, service records and a set of period correct tools. It is complete and prepared for its next phase of ownership in every way - a testament to the symbiotic union of technical reliability and the sophistication of an iconic design, this charming 280SL is the culmination of decades of Mercedes-Benz excellence.
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<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
<b>1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL</b><br />Chassis no. 113044-12-019017<br />Engine no. 130983-12-012474
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