1971 Mercedes-Benz
280 SL

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 8, 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 Multi-Port Fuel Injection 160 HP at 5,500 RPM 4-Speed Automatic Transmission 4-Wheel Power-Assisted Disc Brakes Independent Front Suspension with Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar Independent Rear Suspension with Swing Axle, Radius Arms, Compensating Spring, and Coil Springs About this Car: Introduced in 1968, the 280 SL was the last – and most refined – of the six-cylinder, two-seat roadster/coupes launched in 1963 to succeed the fabulous 300 SL and its smaller sibling, the 190 SL. It was constructed on a 94.5” wheelbase unibody chassis with all- independent suspension, and with its M130 2.8-liter overhead camshaft straight six now featuring a much more robust seven-main bearing crankshaft, the 280 SL produced 160 hp in US form and had enough torque to give the car a top speed of about 120 mph. The 280 SL soon gained a reputation as a comfortable high-speed tourer. Most were fitted with automatic transmissions, although a ZF manual box was optional, if rarely seen. About 23,885 280 SLs were constructed over its four-year production span, with more than half delivered to the US market. 830 examples were sold in America in 1971. Stylish and tasteful, this elegant US-specifi- cation 280 SL has recently undergone a complete nut-and-bolt restoration performed to the highest standards by an East Coast Mercedes-Benz specialist. The consignor states that this outstanding example was acquired from its long-term owner in Oakland, California, in October 2011. Presented in its original color scheme of Dark Olive (DB291H) with Parchment MB Tex interior, Dark Green canvas top, and color- coordinated German square-weave carpets, this fine example is equipped with automatic transmission (Option 420), power steering (Option 422), a Becker Europa stereo radio (Option 518), Goodyear radial tires, color- matched hubcaps, bumper guards (Option 441), and a correct Mercedes-Benz brand battery. A careful examination reveals the attention paid to such details as the headrest air vents, correct cadmium replating of underhood fittings, and sound deadening on the firewall. A new custom top in the correct color was fabricated since the original material is no longer available on the aftermarket. This beautiful 280 SL convertible retains its original owner’s pouch with original manuals, service book, top and seat belt instructions, a copy of the Mercedes-Benz factory data card, original spare tire, and a tool kit. The odometer displayed 67,402 miles at the time of cataloguing. Following its restoration, the car was entered in the June 2012 Mercedes-Benz Jamboree, where it earned First Place overall. The W113 series of Mercedes-Benz Sport-Leichts is supported by an active and enthusiastic international owner base, and factory spares are still available through Mercedes-Benz Classic. Highly collectible and offering timeless styling – credited to Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi – this 280 SL will present its owner with many years of appreciation and enjoyment.

Reference Number 212970

as of 3/14/2013

Car 1971 Mercedes-Benz
280 SL
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