Lot 102

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

SOLD $95,200


$90,000 - $120,000| Without Reserve




Car Highlights

Presented in Its Original Two-Tone Color Combination
Beautifully Preserved, Low-Mileage Example
Retains Original Engine per Factory Documents
Accompanied by Tools, Manual Set, Original Window Sticker, and Build Card
An Outstanding 280 SL to Display and Enjoy

Technical Specs

2,778 SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
180 BHP at 5,700 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Swing-Axle Suspension with Radius Arms and Coil Springs
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Debuting in 1963, the W113 Series faced the weight of expectations as the two-seater sports car intended to carry Mercedes-Benz to new heights after the 300 SL. A clean-sheet design in both philosophy and construction, the W113 was built as a unibody and could be produced in exponentially higher numbers than previous models. Nearly 50,000 would be built over the W113’s eight-year production run.

This final-model-year example is handsomely finished in its original combination of Dark Red (DB 542), featuring a black hardtop and wheel covers. Treated to a high-quality repaint in early 2014, this 280 SL presents beautifully, retaining the spot welds and fender notches that bear witness to the care it has received through the decades. Further restorative work included the fitting of a new, black German canvas top and an expert refinish of the interior wood. The balance of the interior surfaces appear to be the materials installed by the factory, including the MB Tex upholstery, door panels, and carpet.

Showing just over 66,000 miles at the time of cataloguing, the 280 SL received a substantial mechanical servicing in early 2019. It is supplied with its original tool kit, window sticker, build card, and a manual set including radio and antenna booklets. This is a Mercedes-Benz that any enthusiast would be proud to display on the show field and enjoy on the road.