GORGEOUS COLOR COMBO, STUNNING PAINT, CLEAN INTERIOR, GERMAN MASTERPIECE!
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Features and Specifications
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
The Mercedes W113 is considered by many as the last of the truly regal Mercedes convertibles, and the 280 SL is the final evolution with the most powerful motor. So to have the opportunity at one means a rare chance at joining the upper echelon of classic cars.
Mercedes takes great pride in their SL line. In fact, the W113 "Pagoda" cars were largely hand-built in Germany. This gave each one a level of fit and finish that made them collector's cars from day one. There're also exceptionally durable and meticulous to restore. That's why it's so nice to find one that has been given the proper investment in care and restoration. This includes an application of a Silver Gray metallic paint that has such a fantastic shine that it has you dreaming about sunny-day cruises. You will find plenty of other cases on this car were no expense was spared keeping the brightwork radiant and the body panels masterfully aligned. So yes, this is an opportunity to purchase a classic that has been cared for the same way you would have if you owned it since new.
The Pagoda-style hardtop roof gives this SL its namesake, and it also gives it a dignified coupe-like appearance. Still, you can remove the hardtop for any time you feel like having the wind whip through the cabin. In fact, it's hard not to want to share the restored bright red interior with the world. And with the air conditioning blowing ice-cold, what's stopping you? Mercedes over-engineered their cars to be exceptionally durable, and that tradition continues with a substantial investment in the interior. The doors close with a solid and confident precision; the new leather seats strike the perfect balance between durable and all-day comfortable; the new and correct VDO gauges have military-grade precision; and the steering wheel and gearbox have an intricate design but a hardy feeling in your hands. This is classic car motoring that inspires confidence from the driver's seat.
The key to the idea that Mercedes-Benz cars are bulletproof comes from the reputation built during the 280 SL's era. Mercedes made only a few variations of motors in '69, which means they were able to take the time to get the engineering exactly right. Today that gives cars like this 280 SL a large and reliable parts network that even still includes Mercedes-Benz. A robust and well maintained powerplant also means the fuel-injected 2.8-liter inline-six under the hood is exceptionally smooth and is durable enough that you can drive it like a true performance machine. Yes, you can shift the gated four-speed automatic on your own if you desire, and the motor can take the high rev range with ease. But really this is a grand touring Mercedes. This car is about utilizing the ample trunk space to pack weekend bags and enjoy the backroads to your destination. With power steering, a well-balanced suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes, this is truly classic car motoring at its finest.
A properly cared for Pagoda is a wonderful thing. This is a hand-built classic that is an instant symbol of distinction. That's why it will be going to its new caretaker soon. Will it be you?