Lot 260 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
|Estimate||£43,000 - £48,000|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadster, designed by Paul Bracq, was produced from 1963 through to 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. 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.
This lefthand drive 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL automatic was originally supplied to the USA; the car was then imported and registered in the UK with registration number APP 432J in 1999. This was then exported to Ireland in 2006 where the car it was subject to a cosmetic restoration before returning to the UK earlier this year. This excellent 280SL Pagoda is finished in light blue with matching hardtop, dark blue mohair roof and dark blue leather interior. It is supplied with the Irish registration documents, a UK MoT test certificate which expires in October 2015, the service books and a file containing invoices and some photographs taken of the restoration. The vendor hopes to have the car re-registered on the original UK registration and a V5C document available at the time of the sale. This 1971 example is one of the last of the W113 series and one of the most sought after examples from the 1960's/70's.