2021 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible

$200,000 - $230,000


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Engine 2.8 litre in-line six-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed automatic
Engine No. 130 983 22 012078
Chassis No. 113 044 22 018456
Body Work Convertible
Colour Papyrus White
Interior Midnight Blue
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Disc/disc

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As a piece of automotive chic, the Pagoda-roof Mercedes-Benz SL of the 1960s has few peers. The clean, crisp shape by Paul Bracq remains as stylish today as it did when new and the dished hard-top at once gives the SL an individual air and impressive versatility - with the roof in place it transforms into an elegant coupe. Launched in 1963 and simultaneously replacing both the 300SL and 190SL models, the W113 SL range was initially available with a 2.3-litre six-cylinder engine featuring a light alloy block, single-overhead camshaft, and Bosch fuel injection with six-plunger injection pump. In 1967, the more powerful 2.5-litre engine from the S-class saloons was adopted along with disc brakes on all four wheels. After just twelve months, the 250SL was superseded by the 280SL, utilising the M130 2.8-litre six with an additional ten horsepower and a useful increase in torque, with changes to the springs and dampers and new radial tyres. Rated at 170 horsepower, with a maximum torque of 177 lb/ft, power was delivered to the rear wheels via four-speed manual gearbox, with an advanced four-speed automatic optional. The extensive list of optional extras included power steering, leather upholstery, various axle ratios and a limited-slip diff. The combination of wide track, relatively short wheelbase and properly sorted suspension made for well-balanced handling and the SL proved an accomplished performer, enjoying a successful career as a rally car. While values of other classics rise and fall according to the latest trends, demand amongst enthusiasts for the Pagoda-roof SL range has remained strong for many years. As an investment that can be enjoyed on a daily basis, the 280SL Mercedes-Benz makes a lot of sense. The 280SL remained in production from 1968 until 1971 and of the 23,885 made, only a small number were delivered in right-hand drive guise.


    •    1970 Mercedes Benz 280SL
    •    Rare Papyrus White with Midnight Blue leather combination
    •    Fully restored
    •    Large history folder

Known to everyone colloquially as the ‘Pagoda’, the W113 SL is among the most popular of all collectible Mercedes models. There’s something about its sweet ‘60s style that hits the spot with most people, so its values have remained strong since they escalated notably about eight years ago. Our example here is an ex-UK car that appears to have had a factory replacement engine around 1974, imported to Australia in 2012 and has since undergone a thorough restoration in the hands of the SL Register Captain, of the Mercedes Benz Club of Victoria. It is finished in Papyrus White with Midnight Blue leather trim, a rare factory combination. Its paint has recently been refreshed, as has the bodywork chrome, while inside the leather is showing a little patina though still in great shape, while the carpets look new. Equipped with power steering, automatic transmission and power antenna, this ’70 280SL is also fitted with the desirable Becker radio and, most importantly, the ‘Pagoda’ hardtop. Just prior to delivery to Shannons, the engine bay was given a detail too. Having been looked after by Mercedes Benz specialists, everything is presented as per factory and it comes with a large history folder containing its Import Papers, earlier photographs, original books, and lots of receipts. There’s also a spare set of keys. This is a nice example that’s simply ready to use and enjoy. Previously on Victorian club registration, this 1970 Mercedes Benz 280SL is being offered for sale here unregistered.

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