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Seller Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Car Location: Motostalgia Austin, TX
Seller Type: Private Collector
1 to 6 Grade Condition: 2
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible
Designer: Fritz Nallinger


08/2015 e-Auction Estimate: $65,000 - $90,000     


Chassis Number: 11304412012203
Decoded: 113=280 SL;  044=Roadster; 12=Automatic Transmission; 012203=Serial
Engine: 2778 cc SOHC inline 6-cylinder
Bosch Fuel Injection / 170 bhp
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Four Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Mileage: 54,325 (Believed to be Actual)


  • Road Ready Well Maintained Aesthetic Restoration
  • Beautifully Represents the End of an Era
  • Outstanding Styling Looks Modern Even Today


The Model –After having seen the popularity of the smaller 190SL roadster selling in the American market, Mercedes realized that an affordable sports roadster was a market winner. Working together the engineering and design teams came up a winning design with the “113” family of cars. These little two seaters often referred to as the Pagoda roadsters, were a hit. First released was the 230SL, introduced in 1963 it was replaced in 1966 by the 250SL. Finally, the one everyone wants, the 280SL was in production from late 1967 until February 1971. Great looks, and properly powered, these were luxurious sports cars. Each engine was run in for two-hours before being placed in the car, while the fit and finish was beyond reproach, engineered like no other car. The 280 SL represented the end of an era and while the SL name lives on, these are the cars that stir tales of great road trips.

The Car –The 280SL was the final incarnation of the Pagoda styling and examples such as this one are highly sought after. Given a full cosmetic restoration a few years ago, mechanical components were refreshened and brought back to their original factory specifications. The restoration show very well with superb interior a well maintained professional older paint. Minisculus paint blemishes from expected pampered driver with the most noticeable in the front edge of the hood.   Finished in Signal Red, the Biscuit leather interior and tan soft-top looks fresh and inviting. Wearing factory steel wheels adorned with original color-keyed full wheelcovers set this car off while the body is described as being just as it was designed, smooth, even and tight. Centered in front of the driver is the gauge package which is reported to be fully functional, and flanked by the tachometer and speedometer. Mechanically very sound with the undercarriage showing to be unrestored low miles with expected patina and very honest. One of the few upgrades is a modern stereo system sourced from a later model Mercedes and mounted in the dashboard. Considered one of the most sought after models in the SL family this could be you chance to own a piece of Mercedes history.

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