1968 Mercedes-Benz Type 280 SL (W113)SOLD
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Mercedes-Benz Type 280 SL (W113)

Reference Number 127381

as of 5/23/2011

Overview
Car 1968 Mercedes-Benz Type 280 SL (W113)
VIN 113 0441 0005845 
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Known History

Daimler-Benz returned to the forefront of the motorcar world with the 300SL, 300SLR and the F1 W196 of 1954 - 1955. These renowned cars elevated the reputation of the more modest models, ensuring their commercial success. In the sports car sector, the high-performance 300SL coupé guaranteed the success of the elegant convertible 190SL, less expensive and geared towards week-end rather than competitive driving. By 1963, after nine years of production, this splendid cabriolet was starting to show its age. Its replacement was ready to take over, the good-looking 230SL, with modern styling and an elegant silhouette by French designer Paul Bracq. The inline six-cylinder overhead cam engine with multiport fuel injection produced 150bhp and the car's top speed was just shy of 200 km/h.

In 1966, to cater for the US market, the engine size increased to 2.5-litres, with a welcome increase in torque to match the extra weight of its more luxurious specification. The hugely popular styling remained unchanged, but the car was fitted with disc brakes. It was only produced for one year and replaced at the end of December 1967 by the 175bhp 2.8-litre 280SL. The engine, with lower emissions for the first time to comply with US regulations, gained a little in power and the increased torque took a second off its 0 - 100km/h time. In spite of its weight, 200km/h was always well within its reach.

 

This 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL, built to European specification with power-assisted steering and manual gearbox, was owned by the Armenian composer Georges Garvarentz (1932 - 1993) between 1974 and 1993. Brother-in-law of Charles Aznavour, they composed together numerous hits (including Retiens la nuit, Daniela, la plus belle pour aller danseur). He also composed film scores (including Un taxi pour Tobrouk, Paris au mois d'août, Soleil noir, Le tatoué, Les Hommes de Las Vegas). Finished in metallic gold with black interior, black hood and two-tone hard-top the colour of the body, brown coach line, with a side-facing seat in the back, making this a three-seater. This car has had many celebrity passengers from the entertainment world such as Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday, Gina Lollobrigida, Louis de Funès. The current owner, Georges Garvarentz's nephew, inherited the car in 1994 and has maintained it fastidiously at the Jussieu Mercedes garage in Paris. The soft-top was refurbished five or six years ago. This 280SL is in wonderfully original condition, well-equipped and fitted with two additional spot-lights. It displays a nice patina, proof of its careful use. Ready to take to the road, it comes with French registration (carte grise) and MOT (contrôle technique). "This car?it's terrific!"