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W. W. Deramus III, Kansas City, Missouri (acquired new in 1968)Current Owner (acquired from family of the above)
Introduced in 1967, the 280 SL was produced for four years with 23,885 units built, over half of which were exported to the US. The new 2.8-liter fuel injected overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine produced the power the market had been craving; and, with a top speed of 118 mph, the 280 SL married the comfort and reliability of Mercedes-Benz with the performance of a sports car.
This distinctive 280 SL was sold new to W. W. Deramus III and his wife, Partica, by Hension Motor Company of Kansas City, MO, on October 4th, 1968. Owned until 2014 by the Deramus family from new, the car is accompanied by a copy of its original invoice and data card from the factory, something seldom seen with Pagodas. It was delivered in 1968 in Dark Green (DB268), with Dark Green (244) leather upholstery and interior trim, and a matching cloth top and hardtop – just as we see it today. The car also features a correct Becker radio and has a new set of whitewall tires that complement its stately persona. The interior wood has been refinished and is undeniably lovely. Extensively restored within the past few years by the original owners, the car has been beautifully maintained with the panel fit, chrome, upholstery, and paint all in fine condition.
Few 280 SLs can boast single family ownership for roughly 45 years and present with such integrity. Its tasteful presentation only betters the popular appeal of the Pagoda. Remarkable history as well as the quality of restoration make this 280 SL a standout and present a unique opportunity for the next owner. Few collectibles offer the ease of use that has come to define the 280 SL, making it a true modern classic.