Lot 152 - 1968 Mercedes –Benz 280 SL “ California”

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Auction “43rd Oldtimer Grand Prix” August 2015
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Lot Number 152
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number 11304410004019

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The last of a popular and extremely successful line begun with the 230 SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was introduced in 1967 powered by a new 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine that produced 180bhp, 20 horsepower more than the preceding 250 SL’s. The 280 SL’s 120mph top speed was no greater but it was significantly quicker off the mark, its 0-60mph time of 10 seconds being a whole second better than its predecessor’s. Christened ‘Pagoda Top’ after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and remain highly sought after by collectors.

This rare manual transmission 280 SL is an example of the ‘California Coupé’, a 2+2 version (first introduced on the 250 SL) that came with a rear bench seat occupying the space hitherto reserved for the convertible top. A removable hardtop provided the weather protection which this example still retains. The car is presented in metallic gold with black leather interior. Interestingly, this particular Mercedes has the desirable factory fitted air conditioning and power steering which are both rare and was certainly considered a luxury back in the 1960s. This car also comes with its original tool kit, jack, and a copy of its data card.  This is a rare model with some refined additions fitted from new, a great example which is highly sought after.

Dieses seltene 280SL Handschaltgetriebe ist ein Vorbild des “California Coupé”, eine 2+2 Version (zuerst eingeführt auf dem 250SL) mit Rückbank. Ein abnehmbares Coupé-Dach zum Wetterschutz ist auch vorhanden. Das Auto präsentiert sich in einem Metallic-Gold mit schwarzem Lederinterieur. Interessanterweise hat dieser besondere Mercedes eine begehrte fabrikangepasste Klimaanlage und Servolenkung, welche beide sehr selten sind damals zu Zeiten der 1960er Jahre als Luxus angesehen wurden. Das Auto wird mit seinem original Werkzeugkasten, Wagenheber und einer Kopie seines Datenblatts übergeben. Dies ist ein seltenes Modell mit einigen raffinierten Extras, und ein sehr begehrtes Stück


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