London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
3 December 2002
1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280 SL ROADSTER WITH HARD TOP
Registration No. Not UK Registered
Chassis No. 113044127
Pewter/metallic grey with beige tex interior
Engine: Six cylinder, single overhead camshaft, 2778cc, 170bhp at 5700 rpm; Gearbox: automatic transmission; Brakes: four-wheel disc; Suspension: independent all round with coil springs, single joint swing angle at rear. Left hand drive.
The Mercedes 280SL is a truly exceptional example of Benz quality and styling which makes it one of the most sought after classics of today. Considered by many to be the most practical sports car of its generation, it offers the excitement of a sports cabriolet which more than holds its own in today's driving conditions. After the success of the 230SL and the 250SL models, Mercedes went on to produce the definitive 280SL which retained the elegant body shape with the addition of the more powerful 2778cc injection engine.
With its speedometer in kilometers per hour, and left hand drive configuration this 280 SL must have originally been supplied to a European market customer. History from that period is not known, until the late 1980s when it was sold to the present owner.
Today, the car is tidily presented, but not concours. At some stage in its life the car has received some refurbishment, as it has been repainted, but the interior upholstery is the original, the carpets have been renewed. Cosmetically, it therefore presents quite well, and the engine bay is tidy.
In the current ownership, the car has been displayed and as such not used, it will therefore require recommissioning to return it to the road, from Christie's inspection of the Mercedes it was noted that this will require attention to the gearbox which is currently fixed in 'drive'.
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