1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

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Papyrus White | Roadster | 4 Speed Automatic | 2.8 litre | 95,475 kms | SOLD

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The handsomely styled Mercedes-Benz W113 Pagoda SL is one of the most collectable and eminently usable classics ever to grace our showroom floor.

Penned by Paul Bracq, the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was the final, best performing and most refined iteration of the Pagoda Roof SL series cars.

Offering a combination of Benz race-bred pedigree and timeless architecture the 230, 250 and 280 SL’s are destined to remain a popular and coveted car for generations to come.
 
The 280 SL is the third iteration of the 113 series benefitting primarily from a larger engine but also offered four-wheel disc brakes and a beautifully restyled interior with contemporary chrome switches, dials and door release catches, power steering, reclining seats and a large boot as standard. The 280 SL also featured a much more civilised and quieter ride, shorter gearing ratios, improved rust proofing and more torque than its predecessors.

The car offered is an exceptionally well maintained Australian delivered 280 SL finished in the delightful colour combination of Papyrus White over Black MB Tex trim and optioned with the more desirable 4 speed automatic transmission and factory air-conditioning.

Subject to a comprehensive and professional restoration finalised in 2016 this example offers charming classic motoring with a brand new character.

Using a combination of painstakingly sourced, genuine Mercedes-Benz parts along with expertly refurbished period pieces this 280SL still features it’s hard to find original fittings like the hand-made timber inserts atop the dash, the totally restored Becker Mexico radio and Bakelite Mercedes-Benz steering wheel, even the correct MB stamped fuel filler cap, the first-aid kit and original tools are all still present.

A testament to how well this car has been cared for, the overall condition is nothing short of outstanding. From the flawless and dynamic paintwork that highlights all of the subtle and distinctly pagoda body lines to the well-appointed interior with switches and dials that never lose their novelty and plush pile carpets so neatly fitted.

Accompanying the car are all of the original owner’s manuals detailing it’s meticulous maintenance the car has received since new, both the hard top and soft-top, original brochures from 1968, the original keys, the pre-delivery check list, radio operation manual and roof removal tools so often lost with time.

Forever collectable and so perfectly usable for weekend getaways with the roof up or down, this beautifully presented 280SL Pagoda is one for the savvy collector.

A rare opportunity to own one of the best 280SL’s in Australia and just in time for summer, this example is perfectly prepped to escape mundane with today.
 

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