Lot 263 - 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL California Coupé
|Odometer reading||15,607 km|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,080|
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. All are rear-wheel drive, but are also equipped with independent rear suspension; a feature that greatly improved road handling. 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 2.8 litre 280SL was introduced in 1967 further improving performance and continued in production largely unchanged through to 1971.
Originally registered in Germany in 1968, this lefthand drive California coupé is fitted with four speed manual transmission and power steering. Recently imported, the car is UK tax paid and will need to be registered by the purchaser who will show as the first UK owner on the V5 registration document. We are advised by the vendor that the SL drives very well and is supplied with a factory hardtop. Pagoda top Mercedes-Benz have increased in value significantly in recent times, this one appears to be competitively priced given the estimate.
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