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.
Imported from the dry States of America, this 280SL has been subject to a meticulous body off restoration with costs totalling €125,000 EUR. It was noted by the owner that prior to the restoration, the car showed no signs of any previous accidents or rust and that the bodywork was in an excellent unrestored state. No panels had to be replaced or repaired.
With numerous and detailed photographs depicting the restoration in great detail, we are informed that the car is now found in excellent condition throughout. Finished in one of the most desirable colour combinations of silver grey metallic with contrasting black leather interior, this is truly a remarkable example of the extremely stylish and ever appreciating classics.