LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SL
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, the 230SL - or W113 as the model range was internally labeled at Mercedes-Benz – was really a completely new car through and through. A truly modern car for its time and constructed to the high level of craftsmanship expected from a Mercedes-Benz product, the model quickly became a very popular sporty two-seater among the elite. Mercedes-Benz would call the W113 "a Grand Tourer in the traditional sense" and "a unique combination of sports car performance and saloon car comfort." Many of the design and technical features were industry firsts, including the hardtop designed to withstand the cars weight for safety reasons, and with a distinct design from where the W113 series got the nickname 'Pagoda'.
After the 230SL, next came the 250SL, which had about 200-cc more capacity than its predecessor; after that, both were replaced by the ultimate evolution, the 280SL, which was introduced in 1967. The enlarged 2.8- liter six-cylinder SOHC now produced 170 horsepower, and the car was outfitted with disc brakes at all four corners.
This 280sl offered here for sale is factory finished in a spectacular color combination, the classically rich Light Ivory over Dark Green interior. Delivered new to its original owner a Doctor in Philadelphia by the Mercedes-Benz Dealer Lancaster County Motors in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Equipped with an automatic transmission, Am/Fm radio, tinted glass, power steering, leather upholstery and comes with the removable “Pagoda” hardtop. After staying with its original owner for 14 years, it would trade hands two more times before being purchased by an enthusiast that wanted to restore it back to how it left the showroom. With the help of a Mercedes-Benz specialist, the driveline was removed and completely gone through, including detailed components with correct factory finishes. The interior was completely re-trimmed in its correct Dark Green leather including new carpet, seat covers, soft top and radio rebuilt with added Bluetooth. The exterior was repainted in the correct Light Ivory paint and has recently been ceramic coated to protect its luster for years to come. Additionally, the factory hardtop was repainted and trimmed with a brand-new headliner. The wheels and hubcaps have been refinished and wrapped in new correct white wall Michelin tires.
This 280 SL comes with an impressive documentation file, which includes maintenance and service history, build sheet, ownership history, owner’s card, owner’s manuals and more restoration documentation.
The classic ‘Pagoda’ models are becoming increasingly collectible, featuring exceptional build quality and low maintenance, easy access to spare parts and all around just a great collectors car.