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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.