Lot 186: Mercedes-Benz 280SL
Replacing the legendary 300 SL and its junior 190SL sibling, the Mercedes-Benz W 113 was a two-seat roadster introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, and remained in production for eight years from 1963 to 1971 with progressively larger engines.
The designers were Paul Bracq and B�la Bar�nyi, who devised its distinctive and swiftly patented slightly concave-roofed hardtop, inspiring its nickname the Pagoda.top.
All models were equipped with an inline-six cylinder engine, and profiting from their experience with the great 300SL, multi-port fuel injection. To reduce weight, in early versions the bonnet, trunk lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminium, and the comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, novel radial tyres and powerful brakes, afforded the W 113 superb handling for its time.
The styling of the front with its characteristic upright Bosch fishbowl headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel paid homage to the already iconic 300 SL. Over the years, the W 113 evolved from a sports car into a comfortable grand tourer in which form it remains to this day.
This is a final example of the final version, the 280SL, with 2.8 litre engine, in metallic Grey and is offered in good general condition with the benefit of a new soft top. It comes with various bills and receipts for maintenance work carried out over the last few years; the car is said to be original in every significant, respect and is a great example of this fast- appreciating German classic.
Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend|
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£29184|
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|Number of doors||2|