Lot 216 - 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||62,000 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,312|
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.
Offered with beautiful and almost unmarked red coachwork complemented by a near flawless biscuit trim, this great 280SL Roadster has covered just 60,000 miles from new and has benefitted from a wealth of recent work which we are told includes a gearbox re-build and re-adjustment of the timing to suit giving us an example that is ready for the summer and hours of motoring enjoyment. Accompanied by a valid MoT test certificate, a history file including recent services and a wealth of old MoT test certificates verifying the mileage and original owners manual, this plucky 280 is a pleasure to drive with its lighter nose and should, in our opinion, see significant investment potential for years to come with other similar models on offer at double the price.
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.