1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Hardtop120.000-150.000 EUR - Estimate

1968  Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Hardtop

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Italian title
Chassis no. 113 044 10 004262
Engine no. 130 983 10 000825

- Matching numbers, matching colours
- Concours restoration
- European car from new, manual gearbox

Reference Number 618223

as of 7/6/2020

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Lot 631

Artcurial - Monaco  Contact  Location
Hôtel Hermitage Square Beaumarchais  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Monte-Carlo
98000 Monte-Carlo  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
Monaco  Mobile    Country  Monaco Monaco
Overview
Car 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Hardtop
VIN 113 044 10 004262 
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Known History

As its Datenkarte attests, this 280 SL left the factory on 30 July 1968. This valuable document confirms that the body was finished in “Off-white”, with a dark blue leather interior, a combination which was kept when the car was fully restored. The current owner is an enthusiastic and exacting collector and a Mercedes-Benz dealer himself in northern Italy. He was attracted by the car's manual gearbox and European origin, since this 280 SL still has its original number plates from Alessandria. He carried out an extensive restoration of the entire car, with the work done in his own dealership by a mechanic who had worked on these cars when they were new. A series of photos shows how much attention to detail was paid during the restoration. The body, which was sound to begin with, was completely stripped down and sandblasted before being repainted. The original engine was fully reconditioned, as was the running gear. The upholstery meanwhile was entrusted to the excellent firm Ferraresi, in Ferrara. Just as it should, the hood matches the upholstery. The electrical system was also completely renewed at this time. Since its completion in 2018, this high-quality restoration has lost none of its lustre, as the car has been driven very little. As a result, the four Michelin MXV tyres are in nearly-new condition. With its hardtop and a period Becker Europa radio, this “Pagoda“ is in exceptional condition after a remarkable restoration for a model of this kind.

 

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