Amelia Island

The Ritz Carlton
22 May 2021
Lot 113

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL


$128,800 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida



Chassis No.
US Title
  • One of just 831 examples produced for the 1971 model year
  • Attractive triple-black color combination
  • 2.8-liter inline-six engine paired with automatic transmission
  • Benefits from a nut-and-bolt restoration
Please note the title for this particular lot is in transit and, in light of current world events and limited government office hours and closings, may be considerably delayed in reaching the successful buyer. It is expected that the delay could be up to six to eight weeks or more. Please speak with an RM representative for further details.

The 280 SL roadsters are without a doubt at the very sweet spot of the classic Mercedes-Benz model range: They remain attainable, despite rapidly increasing values over recent years, and are extremely stylish, reliable, and competent enough to be used for pleasure on a frequent basis. The elegant and understated styling of these roadsters, penned by designer and artist Paul Bracq, made the model a desirable accessory for young Hollywood celebrities in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This freshly restored, triple-black 1971 example offered here is one of just 831 produced for the model year. The car’s stunning presentation is thanks to nut-and-bolt restoration which included a complete bare-metal respray and new interior. The interior trim and exterior brightwork have similarly been refinished and replated as needed, further enhancing the gleaming aesthetic of this attractive Mercedes-Benz. Furthermore, this 280 SL retains the correct-type Becker radio, and the dashboard is fitted with a period-style air conditioning unit.

The consignor states that the car’s 2.8-liter engine received a full suite of fresh hoses, seals, and lines to replace the aging originals. Now perched upon a new set of Hankook narrow whitewall tires befitting a factory aesthetic, this attractive 280 SL is accompanied by a matching spare, tool roll, and several photos documenting the car’s restoration.

This exceptional and recently restored 280 SL can be enjoyed at Mercedes-Benz concours events, where it is sure to be appreciated, or all-weather road trips travelling in supreme comfort.