Following the successful, earlier SL models Mercedes launched a whole new range of sports/SL models in the 1960's, 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 distinctive (Pagoda Roof) Hardtop.
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" sportscars were highly regarded when new and are have remained sought-after classics. Production of the 280SL ended in 1971.