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.
This beautiful Mercedes-Benz was delivered in 1968, finished in ‘Signal Rot’ with a black leather interior. Clearly bought when new by the more sporting driver, the car was fitted with the rare manual gearbox. Delivering almost 200 bhp, a well driven 280SL could keep up with most cars on the road. To keep the weather out, our car has a beautiful mohair soft top in addition to the original hard top.
Offered with Dutch title and technical control, this well maintained example will provide many summers of fun for its lucky next owner.