Lot 389 - 1984 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
|Odometer reading||118,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,280|
The Mercedes-Benz SL (Sport Leicht) has been in production since 1954 with perhaps the most influential model being the W113 Pagoda of 1963. This second generation evolved from the 230SL to 250SL, finally becoming the 280SL. The W113 was replaced by the W107 in 1971 and as the engines became larger, the bodywork and weight of the cars also increased - as often happens in mid-life! The SL improved through the years with technical innovation but still managed to keep its fundamental character and identity of an up-market quality sports car. Its reputation went from strength to strength and it was rare to see an episode of Dallas or Dynasty in the 1980's without an SL making a star appearance. The genius soft-top mechanism which folds down out of sight under a panel ahead of the boot lid gave the car a beautifully sleek, uncluttered appearance.
The 280 SL offered today is presented with recently refreshed, coachwork that is complimented by the alloy wheels and tan interior. The engine compartment is reassuringly clean and tidy and a factory option hard top accompanies the SL. The current owner has been in possession of this Mercedes-Benz since October 1998; in this time the car has been maintained locally. Receipt's for more recent works total in the region of £3,000 and reside within the history file, and they include; a strip and clean of the fuel injection and a brake overhaul that incorporated new discs, pads and flexible hoses. A new windscreen has also been fitted recently. Complete with its Mercedes-Benz book pack, we are advised by the vendor that this 280 SL will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT certificate. With the summer upon us, this surely represents an economical entry into Mercedes-Benz open top ownership.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.