Mercedes-Benz introduced the W113 series in 1963 as a complete revision to their sports car extremes offered in the early 1960s; the 300SL and the touring 190SL. Now this well-proportioned two-seater had appealing, yet decidedly new, rectangular lines and its headlights and turn signals were integrated into vertical assemblies. A new wider grille was set between the lights, sporting a large star medallion, and an automatic transmission became an option, such as seen with this very appealing example.
The original cars first were produced with the 2.3-liter engine then progressing to the 2.5 and then offering the most powerful of all, the 2.8-liter, as displayed here. The inline six-cylinder develops 170 horsepower, plus the mechanically sound platform also has four-wheel disc brakes.
The 280SL was offered in America through 1971; it was recognized as a well-refined Grand Touring car that was a world-class roadster which epitomized style, comfort and speed. This last year “Pagoda,” as it’s often referred to, is an excellent example of the 280SL heritage and is reported as little used since new. The fit and finish of the off-white body is stated as “absolutely stunning,” and displays paint that is presented as “perfect.”
The 280SL is generally thought of with its top in the lowered position, but this one looks equally at ease with its factory hardtop in place. A walk around inspection shows that the trim components are nicely polished and all factory markings are said to be in place. Even the color-keyed hubcaps are in perfect order. The interior is finished in the manner as only a proper Grand Tourer can be, with instrumentation in easy sight and fine, comfortable seating in leather. Additional equipment includes air conditioning, AM/FM radio, clock, whitewall tires; power brakes and steering.
This Mercedes-Benz 280SL literally presents as a new car and is ready for spirited driving showing just over 17,000 actual miles on the odometer. This model has a place in the heart of driving enthusiasts everywhere; experience it for yourself. For the connoisseur of fine German engineering, this may be an opportunity that is hard to overlook.