Arizona | Lot 130
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'
$67,200 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
16 January 2020
- The ultimate version of the W113 SL model
- Featuring air-conditioning and automatic transmission
- Showing just over 70,000 miles, believed original
- Finished in period-correct Fire Red over tan
The 1967 Geneva Motor Show heralded the 230 SL’s successor, the 2,496-cubic-centimeter 250 SL. Production had begun in December 1966, and while the new model retained the strong points of its predecessor, it made new strides in drivability with the larger engine and rear disc brakes. A larger fuel tank gave greater cruising range.
The final iteration of the W113 arrived in December 1967. The 280 SL had an engine enlarged to 2,778 cubic centimeters. Over the years the model had evolved from a sports car to a grand tourer, frequently equipped with the optional automatic transmission and air-conditioning, especially in the U.S. market. Because the larger bore of the engine resulted in pair-cast cylinders without an intermediate water jacket, an oil cooler was added, mounted vertically beside the radiator. Each engine was bench-tested for two hours, ensuring that the full 180 horsepower was available.
This 280 SL, finished in Mercedes’ classic color of Fire Red, proudly shows just over 70,000 miles. The exterior presents well, having been the beneficiary of a refurbishment. This is accentuated by the professional, recently restored interior. Further, the car’s automatic transmission recently underwent an overhaul, ensuring a smooth-driving SL in the years to come. The car also benefits from a newly rebuilt fuel system, including a new gas tank.
Featuring factory-installed air-conditioning and a reliable automatic transmission, this 280 SL is ready to be enjoyed under all circumstances, whether that be show events or comfortable long-distance journeys.