Lot 732: Mercedes-Benz 280SL
Following the successful, earlier 300SL and 190SL models Mercedes launched a whole new range of sports/SL models in the 1960s, starting with the 230SL in 1963. The last version to join the range entered production in 1967, the 280SL. Like the previous models the 280SL had a beautifully proportioned sports body which had two comfortable seats (a third, sideways facing seat was a popular SL option) and could be fitted with a hardtop with a distinctive shape which led to the model being nicknamed 'pagoda roof'.
The 280SL used a 2778cc, six cylinder engine which had a seven bearing crankshaft. The engine featured fuel injection and most had automatic transmission. These attractive "SL" sports cars were highly regarded when new and are have remained sought-after classics ever since. Production of the 280SL ended in 1971.
This wonderful left hand drive example of the 'pagoda roof' SL, fitted with the desirable manual transmission and optional hard top, was manufactured in 1969 and first registered in the UK on 1st November 1973. It has been cared for by the same family since 1979, passing into the current owners hands in 2004. The stylish lines are complemented beautifully by the maroon paintwork and the black interior.
Supplied with a Swansea V5, MoT certificate valid until June 27th 2011, old MoT certificates and receipts showing considerable expenditure over the years.
Coys, True Greats, Royal Horticultural Halls, London
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£27640|
|Registration number||WLT 141M|
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|Number of doors||2|