Lot 399 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
|Odometer reading||74,743 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through 1971. They were known as the 'pagoda roof' SL. This replaced the W198 SL in 1963 and was then, in turn, replaced by the R107 SL in 1971. All models boast an inline six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. All are rear-wheel drive, but are also equipped with independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly improved road handling. Most of these early SLs were sold with both the removable hard top and a soft top in the so-called 'Coupe/Roadster' configuration. By 1955, Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer, Prof. Fritz Nallinger, and his team held no illusions regarding the 190SL's lack of performance, while the high price tag of the legendary 300SL supercar kept it elusive for all but the most affluent buyers. In 1960, Nallinger eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220SL design, based on technology from the W112. This led to the W113 platform, with an improved fuel-injected 2.3 litre M127 inline-six engine and the distinctive 'pagoda' hardtop roof, which was called the 230SL. The 230SL made a remarkable debut at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, where Nallinger introduced it as follows: ""It was our aim to create a very safe and fast sports car with high performance, which despite its sports characteristics, provides a very high degree of travelling comfort.""
The 250 SL was basically a one-year model, introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show, although in North America many were sold in, and titled as, 1968 model year cars. This model is the rarest of the W113 cars. The 2.8 litre 280 SL was introduced in 1967 and continued in production largely unchanged through to 1971. Most 280SL cars built for the U.S. market were equipped with automatic transmission and it is a Pagoda topped automatic example that is presented here today. Described as in good order throughout, this metallic silver example with a contrasting red leather interior has been used little in recent years. Its maintenance schedule has been kept up however with regular servicing and MoT test certificates issued; the latest of which runs for a full 12 months. The inclement weather is kept at bay with a relatively new mohair hood and hard top. The condition internally is described as good with inertia reel seatbelts fitted and a Kenwood cd/radio to add to the sonorous exhaust note. A battery cutout has also been fitted, accessible within the engine bay. An extremely well priced and collectable Mercedes-Benz classic.
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