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Auction: The Scottsdale Auction
was auctioned on: 17 January 2019
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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Chassis no. 113044.12.009753 Engine no. 130983.12.006164

Estimate: US$75,000 - US$100,000
Price realised:  US$69,440
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2,778cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection 160bhp at 5,700rpm 4-Speed Automatic Transmission 4-Wheel Independent Suspension 4-Wheel Disc Brakes *Lovely example of the well-built and fully evolved Pagoda *Timeless Paul Bracq styling with adequate six-cylinder power *Beautifully restored in an elegant color scheme *Offered with books, manuals and tools THE MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL In the spring of 1963, Mercedes-Benz debuted an all-new roadster to replace the 190SL and 300SL—the 230SL. The "Pagoda" was a stunning Paul Bracq designed two-seat convertible that followed Mercedes' new design language, featuring crisp lines and upright headlights. The nickname "Pagoda" was quickly adopted thanks to the slightly concave roof on the optional removable hardtop that resembled a pagoda roof. Although controversial at its introduction, these SLs are now considered a masterpiece of design. In 1967, Mercedes-Benz introduced the third and final iteration of the "Pagoda," the 280SL, and it then became apparent that some cars do not change, they just get better. After testing a 280SL in 1968, Road & Track, concluded that "the Mercedes-Benz 280SL, the latest version of a line that began as the 230SL in 1963, is the same as ever, just better." "For those who value engineering, finesse and high-quality construction, it's alone in the field," enthused the highly respected American motoring magazine. Furthermore, its manufacturer considered the 280SL, "a Grand Tourer in the traditional sense [and] a unique combination of sports car performance and saloon car comfort (a Mercedes-Benz saloon naturally)." While the 280SL did not offer the performance of the 300SL, it is a very charming model with capable handling and braking thanks to its suspension and all-wheel disc brakes. Credited to their robust inline-six and their luxurious interior, they are wonderful cars to be driven and enjoyed. THE MOTORCAR OFFERED The stunning car on offer was completed at the Mercedes-Benz works during the spring of 1969 and is finished in the classic Fire Engine Red (DB534) exterior color, over a Black MB-Tex interior, neatly matched with grey German square-weave carpeting. The car is equipped with Frigiking air conditioning, which makes it a great candidate for rallies and tours in hot climates, along with the classic Becker Europa radio adorning the dashboard. Specialist shops have maintained and restored the Pagoda as needed over the years, and the cars history file includes records from this work, books and tools. Upon a recent road test, this 280SL performed as well as it presents, and gives one a feeling of quality craftsmanship.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Scottsdale Auction
Date of the auction: 17 Jan 2019
Address: Bonhams London
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