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Following in the hallowed tracks of its 300 SL roadster forebear, the next version of the Mercedes-Benz Sportlich Leicht (Sport Lightweight) roadster debuted in 1963 as the 230 SL. With its trim dimensions and chiseled form, the newer SL was quite a departure from the curvaceous 300 SL, yet it still looked every bit the sporting grand touring machine one would expect from Mercedes.
As time went on, the inline six got larger and more powerful, culminating in the 280 SL with 170 hp from its 2.8-liter inline six. Road tests of the day praised the 280 SL for its respectable performance, confident handling, and supple ride.
This 280 SL has recently undergone a concours-level restoration with just one change from original specification: The exterior color, formerly Dark Red (DB 542), was switched to Signal Red (DB 568). The interior, redone in its original Cognac color, makes for a nice contrast to the exterior’s bright red hue. Furthermore, this “Pagoda” includes the removable hardtop, factory air-conditioning, original Becker radio, and a complete tool kit.
With its combination of superb condition and pleasant driving dynamics, this 280 SL merits serious consideration from any W113 enthusiast looking to enjoy a beautiful, well-engineered classic.