Lot 193 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||63,047 miles|
|Estimate||£95,000 - £110,000|
- Genuine UK supplied right hand drive example
- Impressive history folder
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 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, in 1960, he eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220SL 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 230SL. 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 250SL was basically a one-year model, introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. The more desirable and more powerful 2.8 litre 280SL was introduced in 1967 and continued in production largely unchanged through to 1971.
Originally registered on 1st August 1969 this 280SL is finished in the great colour combination of silver with blue leather interior. An original UK supplied right hand drive example, we are advised this Mercedes-Benz drives as good as she looks. Benefitting from a £30,000 expenditure with Enginuity this 280SL has had significant investment in recent years, hence the reason why she presents so well. Sitting proudly on 14inch Bundt alloy wheels, there is a set of steel wheels and colour coded hubcaps included with the sale. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a host of previous MoT test certificates and a good history folder, confirming the dashboard has recently been refurbished and new brake calipers were fitted to the front. These particularly elegant cars look great with the hardtop on and even better in its convertible format. This is an extremely collectible right hand drive, larger engined Mercedes-Benz classic.
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