Lot 392A: Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible with Hardtop
Mercedes-Benz's popular 230/250/280SL family was replaced in 1971 by an all new design, which nevertheless was styled in a manner that left no doubt about its immediate ancestry. Longer and wider than that of the 'old' 280SL, the new W107 chassis featured front and rear crumple zones to meet the latest crash protection standards and was, inevitably, heavier than its predecessor's. The first of this new line was the V8-engined 350SL. Like its forebears, the newcomer was more sports-tourer than outright sports car and came equipped with all-independent suspension, similar to that of the 'New Generation' 200/250 models, featuring semi-trailing arms at the rear. Four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated at the front) helped restrain the 130mph performance. As one would expect from a top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz, air conditioning, automatic transmission and power-assisted steering and brakes came as standard. A larger-engined model - the 450SL - soon followed but it would be another three years before the 280SL/SLC returned to the range. Mechanically almost identical to its larger siblings, though somewhat lighter in weight, the new version had the same 2.8-litre, twin-overhead-camshaft engine as the other '280' models, producing 185bhp in the SL/SLC, an output that was good enough for a top speed of 127mph. Transmission options consisted of a four-or five-speed manual as well as the standard automatic. The main attraction of the 280SL though, was that it offered superior fuel economy while retaining all the style and luxury of the larger and more expensive models. Finished in silver with black leather interior, this left-hand drive 280SL is equipped with the rare and desirable four-speed manual gearbox. The car was delivered new to Italy where it has remained ever since, recently forming part of an exclusive Italian private collection. Offered with Italian registration papers, it comes complete with a factory hardtop and is described by the vendor as in good condition throughout, having been spared the salty winter roads of Northern Europe.
The Beaulieu Sale|
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£16100|
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