Lot 358 - 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Lot 358 - 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Lot 358 - 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Lot Number 358
Registration OEU721J
Chassis Number 11304412013783
Engine Number NA
Odometer reading 33,050 miles
Estimate £37,000 - £43,000

The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971. They were known as the 'pagoda roof' SL and replaced the W198 SL in 1963 which 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. Most of these early SL's were sold with both the removable hard top and a soft top in the so-called 'Coupé/Roadster' configuration. By 1955, Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer, Prof. Fritz Nallinger and his team, held no illusions regarding the 190SL's lack of performance so in 1960; he 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 called the 230SL.  It 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 250SL was basically a one-year model, introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. The more desirable and more powerful 2.8 litre 280SL was introduced in 1967 and continued in production largely unchanged through to 1971.

This lefthand drive1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL was originally supplied to the USA, the car was then imported to Ireland a number of years ago, where it received a complete body restoration, painting the car in the attractive burgundy it is presented today. The 280SL came to the UK in 2013 and after registration the interior was restored using the correct basket weave Naper leather in tan. This Mercedes 280SL is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires at the end of August 2014 and a photographic record of the body restoration that took place in Ireland. This is a good example of what has become one of the most sought after Mercedes from the 1960's/70's.

 

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