1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SLSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 2,778 CC Inline SOHC 6-Cylinder Engine Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection 170 BHP at 5,750 RPM 4-Speed Automatic Gearbox 4-Wheel Disc Brakes 4-Wheel Coil-Spring Suspension with Rear Swing Axle About this Car: This desirable edition of the final version of Mercedes-Benz’s W113 chassis displays several attributes that distinguish it as a top-tier example. As one of only 830 units built in the last year of 280 SL production, this roadster offers the ultimate result of the lauded Mercedes-Benz Pagoda that carried a hydraulically compensated rear suspension and more powerful engine. This roadster boasts a limited ownership of only four caretakers, each of whom pampered the car and used it sparingly. The original owner was recorded as Michael Divoli of West Virginia. Though specific dates are unclear, the Mercedes-Benz had most likely been acquired by its second owner in the early 1980s. A summer resident of the Hamptons, the owner used it while at his winter home in Florida. As a “snowbird car” over an extended period of time, this roadster experienced limited use, mostly in the forgiving Florida climate. This Mercedes-Benz is remarkably well-preserved and still performs with youthful alacrity and precision. In 2010, this 280 SL was acquired by renowned California Mercedes-Benz specialist Scott Grundfor, who carefully tended to the mechanicals with a major tune and servicing in his restoration shop. In early 2011, soon after being acquired by the consignor, the Pagoda was treated to nearly $30,000 in restorative work. Additional cosmetic improvements undertaken later in 2011 included a high-quality repaint in its original shade of DB 304 Horizon Blue, as well as the replacement of numerous items with factory NOS parts. Following this work, the 280 SL was reported to perform capably and reliably, beautifully displaying the timeless styling of designer Paul Bracq’s elegant Pagoda-roof body. The engine bay of this attractive coupe has been carefully detailed and the interior consists of reupholstered blue seats and matching carpets, with black door panel trim that is believed to be original. This well-optioned 280 SL offers an automatic transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM radio, bumper guards, and both hard and soft tops. Outfitted with headrests and accompanied by a tool kit and owner’s manuals, this Pagoda is a well-preserved and unharmed example of this modern classic. With its recently serviced and characteristically dependable engine, only sparingly driven by the consignor, this Mercedes-Benz is a testament to the sporty appeal of the 1960s SL.

Reference Number 206510

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
VIN 113.044.12.020326 
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