Lot 54

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

SOLD $88,000


$100,000 - $120,000| Without Reserve




Car Highlights

Single Family Ownership from 1969 to 2015
Extensive Documentation, Including Original Sales Receipt and Window Sticker
Finished in Its Original Colors of Dark Olive over Black Upholstery
Matching-Numbers Engine per Mercedes-Benz Data Card
Most Powerful and Refined Version of the W113 Series

Technical Specs

2,778 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
170 BHP at 5,750 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
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Debuting in 1963, Mercedes-Benz’s W113-generation Sportlich Leicht (Sport Lightweight) series marked a step in a new direction. The W113’s more compact dimensions and chiseled, rectilinear form could not have been more different from its curvaceous precursors. The Pagoda SL, so called for its removable hardtop’s design, was a sporting grand touring machine of impeccable quality. As the model matured, the inline six’s size and power increased, culminating in the 280 SL, which was produced from late 1967 to 1971.

On May 29, 1969, this 280 SL was sold new through Don Rasmussen Company of Portland, Oregon. According to the consignor, the 280 SL was a gift to Joyce Honeyman of Bellevue, Washington, from her father, to be used as her college car. Cherished by the Honeymans as a “member of the family” from new until 2015, the 280 SL is accompanied by records, dating to 1969, which document the maintenance and gradual restoration that the 280 SL has received. Also included are past registration cards, the original sales receipt, owner’s handbooks, window sticker and tool roll.

All the key features one would want in a 280 SL are represented with this car, including air-conditioning, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, and both tops. This 280 SL, with its wonderful provenance and excellent color combination, would be well suited to relaxed top-down motoring and weekend outings.