1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster
|Performance:||180 bhp, 2,778 cc overhead-camshaft inline six-cylinder|
|Suspension:||Independent front suspension with coil springs and unequal A-arms, independent rear suspension with low-pivot swing axles, trailing arms, and coil springs|
|Color exterior:||Mercedes Silver|
|Features:||Original Becker radio|
|Wheels:||Steel Wheels (with Mercedes-Benz hubcaps)|
|Tires:||Michelin Harmony P205/75R14/95S|
|Brakes:||Four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes|
(SOLD) This beautiful 280 SL is as nice with the top down, as it is with the convertible top up or with the hard top on. It is very stylish, extremely comfortable, and will make a great vehicle for touring road trips, as the 4 speed transmission will give you optimum handling performance on twisty, windy roads...but if you simply want a stylish classic to “just drive around town”, then this 280 SL is a great choice - perfect for trips to your favorite golf course or an evening of fine dining followed by a night on the town. With its striking appearance, luxurious leather interior and excellent maintenance history, it is apparent that the car has been very well cared for over the years, showing only 52,000 miles. During a recent restoration, the roadster was refinished in a beautiful and correct shade of Mercedes Silver and contrasting Red upholstery. Great care was taken to retain the original factory “darts” and spot welds that collectors of authenticity look for on these cars. The upholstery was upgraded from the original MB-Tex material to full, genuine leather, using correct original factory patterns, while the top fabric remains original. Importantly, the car is still equipped with not only the soft top but also its original pagoda hardtop. An original Becker radio has been rebuilt and installed, and it is fully functional. The car is accompanied by its original manuals and related books, still in the original pouch, as well as its original tools and jack. Drive this roadster with confidence, as this striking example remains very much in style and always stands in good taste.
Every decade has its style icons. The 1960s brought us go-go boots, bouffant hairdos, and kipper ties, but none have aged nearly as well as the Mercedes-Benz W113 Series Roadsters. The W113 was the original “car as accessory.” It was expensive and impractical enough to demonstrate one’s wealth, but it was also small and zippy enough for easy motoring through city traffic. It was sporty enough to be fast and fun to drive, and it was also comfortable enough to be luxurious. The W113 was always appropriate for any occasion, and anyone looked good in it. The original W113 design was the 230 SL. It was introduced in 1963 with the crisp, angular Paul Bracq styling and the “pagoda” removable hardtop, which would become the model’s signature. The original 150-horsepower six-cylinder grew in size over the decade, with the ultimate model being the 280 SL with the 180-horsepower, 2.8-liter engine, which was introduced in 1968 and built through to 1971. The 280 SL was the most popular W113, as it accounted for 23,885 cars.