Lot 176 - 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||527 miles|
|Estimate||£98,000 - £107,000|
- Nut and bolt restored
- Matching numbers
- Superb condition throughout
In 1963, Mercedes-Benz announced an all new roadster to replace the 190 SL, the 230 SL and the 300 SL. The 230 SL 'Pagoda' was a stunning Paul Bracq designed two seater convertible that followed Mercedes-Benz's new design language featuring crisp lines and upright headlights. To save on weight, the hood, door skins and boot lid were all composed of aluminium. The nickname 'Pagoda' was quickly adopted, thanks to the slightly concave roof on the removable hardtop, which resembled a Pagoda roof. In 1967, Mercedes-Benz introduced the third and final versionof the 'Pagoda', the 280 SL, it became apparent that some cars do not change, just get better!
The 280 SL featured the same modified W111 chassis with a rear swing axle, independent front suspension and four wheel disc brakes. Power came from a 2.8 litre version of the Mercedes-Benz robust inline six engine and used Bosch fuel injection. A charming model, with capable handling and brakes, thanks to its suspension and allwheel disc brakes, these roadsters also had one of the most beautiful bodies produced in the 1960s.
This fabulous example presented in the original factory colour of Claret with Cognac leather interior was the subject of a full nut and bolt restoration about six years ago in Germany. This stunning car is a matching numbers example as per its data tag, including axles, engine and chassis. It has the desirable automatic transmission and black hood as well as a factory hard top. This is probably one of the finest examples of these iconic and glamorous German sports cars of the 1960s, it surely must be a wonderful addition to any collection or to just simply enjoy on the roads of Britain or Europe.
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