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.
The all-original and matching numbers example on offer with us here today was built in 69” and shipped to its first owner in San Diego. The car was then registered in Holland for the first time in 1996 by a private owner who held a no-expense-spared attitude in keeping the car in perfect condition. This can be seen by the extensive history file which includes a great detail of documentation and invoices. It is noted that lot of the technical maintenance and services have been done by Sterren Service Centrum BV who are highly recommended by Mercedes-Benz in Holland.
Finished in a wonderful shade of Tunis Beige with brown leather interior, the vendor describes the cars bodywork to be in great original shape without any rust, and the leather to still be original!
Provided in the history file is the original stamped service book. A windbreaker has been installed to optimise usability and driving pleasure, ensuring this is a practical as well as stylish classic.