FINISHED IN FACTORY-SPECIFIED RED OVER BLACK
1 OF JUST 830 FINAL-YEAR 1971 MODELS PRODUCED
METICULOUS RESTORATION BY THE LAST DETAIL IN 2018
MATCHING NUMBERS WITH FACTORY DATA CARD
180 HP 2.8L 6-CYLINDER ENGINE/4-SPEED AUTOMATIC
PAGODA REMOVABLE HARDTOP & FACTORY A/C
FACTORY BOOKS/MANUALS & ORIGINAL TOOLS
FULLY DETAILED & READY TO ENJOY!
Launched at Geneva in 1963, the W 113 series Mercedes-Benz 230SL replaced both the 300SL and 190SL and ushered in a new single-platform sports car policy for its maker. Fast-rising designer Paul Bracq penned the new SLs bodylines, including its sturdy Pagoda style removable hardtop, and Bela Barnyi engineered the vehicles industry-leading, built-in safety features. Development was overseen by legendary Mercedes-Benz personnel including Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. Models progressed from the 230 SL through the 2.5-liter 250SL, which heralded 4-wheel disc brakes, to the ultimate 2.8-liter 280SL produced from November 1967 to February 1971. While improvements applied to the 280SL were mainly detail-oriented, they were numerous, and combined to make a great road car even better. The enhanced horsepower output, low-end torque, and all-around driving flexibility of the 280SL captivated road testers in period and it continues to enchant collectors and marque enthusiasts today. Just 830 examples of the 280SL were produced for the last model year of 1971, including this very handsome example we are thrilled to offer for purchase.
This 1 of 830 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL is a captivating, collector-grade example finished in factory-specified Red paint over Black leather with a Red Pagoda removable hardtop. It is exceptionally well detailed and benefits from a restoration performed by The Last Detail completed in 2018. Accompanied by a copy of the Mercedes-Benz factory Data Card, this well equipped, US Spec example retains its all original drivetrain. Factory items include front and rear bumper guards, English instruments, a left-hand outside mirror, power brakes and steering, a floor-shifted 4-speed automatic transmission, Becker Europa AM-FM radio, and heat-insulating glass. Rare factory air conditioning delivers all-season comfort. Looking great with excellent detailing, this final-year 280SL includes an original tool kit, roadside jack, full-size spare wheel/tire. Finally this example is accompanied by its original brochures and manuals.
Rightly considered the best of the breed to many collectors, the final-year 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL is one of the most enjoyable of all classic European sports/touring cars to drive. Blessed with plenty of power, good handling, and timeless looks, this handsomely restored, collector-grade example is exceptionally well-optioned and equipped and ready to collect, enjoy, and show off. Contact us to see it for yourself, arrange a test drive, and prepare to add it to your garage today.