In March 1963 the new generation of SL sports cars was launched with the debut of the 230 SL at the Geneva Show. This revolutionary new model replaced the now ageing 190 and 300 SL models, and cutting-edge Mercedes engineering together with elegance and practicality, made the ‘pagoda top’ SL one of the most distinctive and attractive cars of its era. In closed form it offered handsome proportions and coupé-like comfort, while the easy removal of the hard-top turned it into an open top sports car for the summer months.
During the 1960s Mercedes-Benz refined and updated the SL by also fitting the 250 engine, and finally the 280. As today, Mercedes-Benz cars were never cheap, but superb build quality and sophisticated styling made the 280 SL a very popular choice with the rich and famous, as well as the merely well-heeled.
Manufactured on the 8th February 1968 in RHD specification for the UK market, the vendor took his already very straight and unmolested car, and treated this beautiful SL to a light and sympathetic restoration. The engine was removed and detailed, and whilst out the body was repainted in light metallic blue, as was the hardtop.
The convertible hood was replaced with a new item in Navy mohair, the interior of the hardtop trimmed to match, and new carpets fitted. The tan leather was deemed to be in very good condition, so was reconnolised. All chrome trim was replated, and new tyres fitted all round. In total several thousand pounds were spent in parts and labour to bring this car up to the standard required by our vendor.
Showing just 97,000 miles recorded with three previous owners, and offered with a UK registration document, and current MoT certificate, this is a wonderful example of an iconic touring sports car of the 1960s.