1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL 4-Speed Manual
Launched at Geneva in 1963, the W 113 series Mercedes-Benz 230SL replaced both the 300SL and 190SL and ushered in a new single-platform sports car policy for its maker. Fast-rising designer Paul Bracq penned the new SLs bodylines, including its sturdy Pagoda style removable hardtop, and Bela Barnyi engineered the vehicles industry-leading, built-in safety features. Development was overseen by legendary Mercedes-Benz personnel including Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. Models progressed from the 230 SL through the 2.5-liter 250SL, which heralded 4-wheel disc brakes, to the ultimate 2.8-liter 280SL produced from November 1967 to February 1971. While improvements applied to the 280SL were mainly detail-oriented, they were numerous, and combined to make a great road car even better. The enhanced horsepower output, low-end torque, and all-around driving flexibility of the 280SL captivated road testers in period and it continues to enchant collectors and marque enthusiasts today. Just 830 examples of the 280SL were produced for the last model year of 1971, including this very handsome example we are thrilled to offer for purchase.
A beautifully presented desirable late low volume last year of production example, painted in a stunning dark blue with all of the wish list features including an optional beautiful beige leather interior with a dark blue canvas soft top and body matching dark blue hardtop
Powered by the upgraded 2.8 Litre fuel-injected 180-hp overhead-cam inline-six backed by a one of only 355 4-Speed Manual transmissions made and stopped by four-wheel disc brakes.
Further equipped with cold under dash air conditioning and an optional Becker Mexico AM/FM-Cassette radio that is in good working order, Ivory steering wheel and shift knob.
Safety features include an energy-absorbing steering column and three-point seatbelts.
Recent service performed includes a full tune-up, new gas tank, new stainless steel exhaust, new Bilstein shock absorbers on all for corners, new tires, and newly chromed bumpers. Detailed undercarriage presents very well with correct trunk floor and floor pans.
This car is extremely clean and appears to have lived a gentle life, it is ready to be enjoyed.
Vehicle Length: 169 in
Wheelbase – Inches: 94.5 in
Curb Weight: 2998 lbs