If you’re in the market for a classic German Cabriolet this is the one to have: The final model produced and most refined of the W113 chassis. Red with black interior, 4-speed manual transmission, smooth and powerful 2.8 fuel injected six. A copy of the Data card is shown; the car is optioned with a limited slip rear differential and heated rear window for the hard top.
This 280SL is equipped with both tops and has 82,000 miles on the odometer.
Mechanically this SL is in very good original condition: the engine starts easily with no smoke and it has good power throughout the RPM range. The transmission shifts smoothly through the gears and the clutch does not slip. Brakes have just been rebuilt using OEM components.
The body looks good in the original color: Red code 576G. The body was repainted once over 30 years ago and shows well. Paint blemishes have been shown in the detailed photos although there is also some checking and signs of age that is difficult to photograph.
If you know these models then you know how rusty many of them are. This example has been a summer-only vehicle since new and has been spared from the salt and snow of New York. Inside the fenders, headlight buckets, foot-wells etc are in very good condition with no signs of previous repairs. A repaint and restoration of the body would be straightforward on this car with no need for costly rust repairs.
The interior is honest and unrestored; showing well for nearly 45 years of careful use. All gauges function properly and the dash is not cracked. Heater controls have just been replaced and rebuilt. The original Becker radio is in place which is the center piece of any Mercedes dash. Seats are also original and in good condition despite showing some age.
The Value of these cars has been shooting up over the past few years and is showing no signs of slowing. This is your opportunity to own an unrestored 280SL that can be driven and enjoyed as is or taken to the next level by our trained staff at Automotion Classics.