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Debuting in 1963, the W113 Series had some very large shoes to fill as the two-seater sports car expected to carry Mercedes-Benz to new heights following 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. One of the most successful cars in the company’s history, nearly 50,000 would come to be built over its eight-year production run.
With less than 65,000 miles showing at the time of cataloguing, this 280 SL is handsomely finished in Burgundy (DB 542) and is confirmed by its data card to be a two-tone example from the factory featuring a black hardtop and wheel covers. Treated to a high-quality repaint in early 2014, this 280 SL presents beautifully, retaining the all-important spot welds and fender notches that bear witness to the care it has received through the decades. Further restorative work includes 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.
Supplied with its original tool kit, window sticker, and a complete set of manuals, including radio and antenna booklets, this is a 280 SL that any enthusiast would be proud to display on the show field and enjoy on the road.