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Lot 048: Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

The Steyr assembled G-Wagon has been marketed for longer than any other Mercedes-Benz product, however in second place comes the evergreen W107 series SL. Launched in 1971 and following on from the beautiful Pagoda top SL, it was to remain in production for a full 18 years before the more angular and wedge shape 129 series came along. Initially launched with a 3.5 litre V8, it wasn't long before more engine options were added. The 280SL arrived in 1974, using a 182bhp 2.8-litre fuel injected straight-six engine which lasted until 1985 when it was increased in capacity to 3-litres in the 300SL. This 1983 example was delivered via Bradshaw and Webb in Mayfair. Although manual transmission was standard on the 280, very few were delivered so equipped, and this must have been a most unusual order for a central London dealership. Initially the 280 came with a simple 4-speed unit, however by the time this example had been delivered a 5-speed box was standard equipment. The records show that this example had covered 54,800 miles by 1986, increasing to just under 72,000 by 1990. Now, with just a further 21,000 miles under its belt some 22 years on, it can be seen that a change of owner dramatically reduced its usage! MOTd until April 2013, the vendor informs us that the felt cover from the bonnet has recently parted company, however is supplied with the vehicle for the new owner to re-fix and that it drives very well and has proved extremely reliable. It is only for sale due to lack of use, a factor backed up by the glacial accumulation of mileage over the last 22 years. Painted in a very contemporary shade of light green and with an attractive green cloth interior in good order, this rare manual 280SL, with just 93,000 miles to its credit, is ready for summer fun.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number048
Estimate£6000-£7000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1983
Condition rating
Registration numberA126 RTT
Mileage-
Chassis number1070422A000433
Engine number11099020002010
Engine capacity (cc)2746
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors