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Lot 097: Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

Bullet-proof reliability, bahn-storming performance and timeless good looks  if any car can be called an instant classic, then this is surely it. Produced from 1971 to 1989, the Mercedes-Benz W107 SL series was a massive hit when new and continues to be highly sought after to this day. Made in the days when Mercedes still deserved its reputation for outstanding build quality, the cars came in a wide range of engine sizes from 2.8-litre sixes to 5-litre V8s. It may have been the baby of the SL range, but the 280 was still a supremely capable motorcar with an excellent blend of performance and economy from its smooth straight-six engine. Top speed was 125mph with the 0-60 dash being covered in a respectable 9.6 seconds. Most were specified with an automatic gearbox; however this one managed to escape with the rare manual option. Purchased by the vendor when it was just five years old in 1985, its one previous owner had covered 56,888 miles. A large file of invoices show that it has been thoroughly well looked after, which is evident by the clean engine bay and general condition of the car. From around 100,000 miles its maintenance has been regularly attended to by local Mercedes Specialist Gerry Doverman. A comprehensive list of his service and maintenance schedule accompanies the car, the vendor undertaking any work that was deemed advisable. 28 old MOTs shows the accumulation of mileage which now reads 149,000 miles. In 2010 the vendor fitted a replacement Camel coloured mohair hood, the car having always been kept undercover when not in use. MOTd until August 2014, it comes with its original hard top and stand and is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number097
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5600
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1980
Condition rating2
Registration numberKPM 282W
Mileage-
Chassis number10704220008734
Engine number11098620004069
Engine capacity (cc)2746
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2