Lot 257 - 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||62,844 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £54,000|
|Result||Sold - £48,160|
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 hardtop and a softtop in the so-called 'coupé/roadster' configuration. By 1955, Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer, Prof. Fritz Nallinger and his team, held no illusions regarding the 190 SL's lack of performance, in 1960, he eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220 SL 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 230 SL. 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 250 SL was basically a one-year model, introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. The more desirable and more powerful 2.8 litre 280 SL was introduced in 1967 and continued in production largely unchanged through to 1971.
This 1968 Mercedes-Benz was manufactured in 1968 and was imported into the UK in 2016. The fastidious vendor has made a point of ensuring she is a very tidy yet perfectly useable example. The black coachwork is in good order as is the contrasting leather trim. We are advised she drives very well, these larger engined Pagoda's tend to be far more enjoyable on a journey than the smaller engine counterparts, particularly when mated to a manual gearbox as this example is. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with the all important hardtop roof, this Mercedes-Benz 280 SL looks to be exceptional value given the guide price.
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