1983 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
|Odometer reading||45,644 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £26,000|
- Desirable rear bench seat
- Professionally inspected in 2019
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 230 SL to 250 SL, finally becoming the 280 SL. 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 so 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, high 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 impressive 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. Of all the engine offerings the 280 remains sought after with the smaller 2.8 litre engine offering plenty of power but with the advantage of less weight and thus improved handling.
Offered in splendid red coachwork with near new chequered cloth trim, this stunning example of the R107 includes the desirable rear bench seat. This cherished example shows 14 main dealer stamps in the original service booklet; it has since had a documented history detailed by the current owner in the history file including a comprehensive service in November 2019 preceded by an independent valuation of £30,000 by UK Sportscars and a further inspection to confirm the bulkhead is in excellent condition. Originally supplied by Waterhouse Mercedes-Benz Ltd of Chelmsford to a Mr Wood in March 1983, this well specified and low mileage example is amongst the best we have seen. Offered with an MoT test certificate valid until October 2021, with no advisories, viewing is highly recommended to appreciate this fine Mercedes roadster.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.