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Lot 186: Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

Replacing the legendary 300 SL and its junior 190SL sibling, the Mercedes-Benz W 113 was a two-seat roadster introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, and remained in production for eight years from 1963 to 1971 with progressively larger engines.

The designers were Paul Bracq and B�la Bar�nyi, who devised its distinctive  and swiftly patented  slightly concave-roofed hardtop, inspiring its nickname the Pagoda.top.

All models were equipped with an inline-six cylinder engine, and profiting from their experience with the great 300SL, multi-port fuel injection. To reduce weight, in early versions the bonnet, trunk lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminium, and the comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, novel radial tyres and powerful brakes, afforded the W 113 superb handling for its time.

The styling of the front  with its characteristic upright Bosch fishbowl headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel  paid homage to the already iconic 300 SL. Over the years, the W 113 evolved from a sports car into a comfortable grand tourer  in which form it remains to this day.

This is a final example of the final version, the 280SL, with 2.8 litre engine, in metallic Grey and is offered in good general condition with the benefit of a new soft top. It comes with various bills and receipts for maintenance work carried out over the last few years; the car is said to be original in every significant, respect and is a great example of this fast- appreciating German classic.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number186
Estimate£25000-£30000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£29184
Year1968
Condition rating3
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number11304422005784
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2