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1969 Mercedes 280SL, One Owner, CA Car, 75k Miles, Survivor, Rust Free, Gorgeous!

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This is an increasingly rare find.  It is a one owner, rust-free California car, mostly original, with all documentation since new having accumulated a total of 75,000 miles.  The original owner is now 82 years old and it is time for it to have a new caretaker for future generations.

We love cars like this.  The file is at least two inches thick with all receipts since 1969.  And they are all in chronological order!  All the books and manuals are there, the original spare wheel, tools, etc.

The rare Dark Green (Color 268) livery is handsome and has the green hardtop as well as the original green canvas top.  The exterior is complemented beautifully by the original Cognac (140) tan MB Textured interior, including the nearly perfect original brown carpeting.  The original Becker Europa AM/FM stereo is still mounted in the dash.  This is a true survivor.

The car is absolutely as rust free as you will ever find.  It is in remarkable condition.  The trunk is in perfect original condition as well as the mat in the trunk.  This example has the power steering, automatic transmission, bumper overriders, tinted glass and chrome roof bars.

The chrome is very good to excellent and is all original. This car has obviously been garaged its entire life.  The paint was redone years ago and looks very nice.  It could almost pass as original paint, it has a few scratches, no dents or real issues.  Look at the inspection video for more details.   It is truly exceptional.

This Pagoda was bought new from Edward K. Cumming & Co. on August 25th 1969 for $8,129.  Charles Davis traded in his 1968 250SL for this car.

The car will be sold with the complete file, books, tools, car cover and, if desired, the carrier for the hardtop.

This is an increasingly rare opportunity to find a one owner 75,000 mile survivor from California.  For more details call Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or email us at harry@classicpromenade.com.

 

1969 Mercedes 280SL, One Owner, CA Car, 75k Miles, Survivor, Rust Free, Gorgeous!

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1969 Mercedes 280SL, One Owner, CA Car, 75k Miles, Survivor, Rust Free, Gorgeous!
1969 Mercedes 280SL, One Owner, CA Car, 75k Miles, Survivor, Rust Free, Gorgeous!
PRIVATE SALE STATUS
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VIEWS 49

Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Interesting Fact: The 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and continued in production through 23 February 1971, when the W 113 was replaced by the entirely new and substantially heavier R107 350 SL. Over the years, the W 113 evolved from a sports car into a comfortable grand tourer, and US models were by…
Interesting Fact: The 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and continued in production through 23 February 1971, when the W 113 was replaced by the entirely new and substantially heavier R107 350 SL. Over the years, the W 113 evolved from a sports car into a comfortable grand tourer, and US models were by then usually equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission and air conditioning. Manual transmission models came with the standard 4-speed or the optional ZF 5-speed, which was ordered only 882 times and thus is a highly sought-after original option today. In Europe, manual transmissions without air conditioning were still the predominant choice. Of the 23,885 280 SLs produced, more than half were sold in the US.   The main change was an upgrade to the 2,778 cc (2.8 L) M130 engine with 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) maximum power and 180 lb⋅ft (244 N⋅m) maximum torque, which finally gave the W 113 adequate power. The performance improvement was achieved by increasing bore by 4.5 mm (0.2 in), which stretched the limits of the M180 block, and required pairwise cylinder casts without cooling water passages. This mandated an oil-cooler, which was fitted vertically next to the radiator. Each engine was now bench-tested for two hours prior to being fitted, so their power specification was guaranteed at last.   The M130 marked the final evolution of Mercedes-Benz' venerable SOHC M180 inline-six, before it was superseded by the entirely new DOHC M110 inline-six introduced with R107 1974 European 280 SL models. For some time, it was also used in the W 109 300 S-Class, where it retired the expensive 3 liter M189 alloy inline-six. The Mercedes 280SL is still a stunning classic with a rich history!  

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