Euro-Spec 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 4-speed Pagoda
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This 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible is a European-spec example that was reportedly sold new in Germany and later imported to the US, prior to its acquisition by the seller in Kansas in 2016. Finished in Silver Metallic with a black soft top over a black MB-Tex interior, the car is said to have received a repaint just over 6 years ago. Power is supplied by a 2.8-liter inline-six mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. Sporting a newly installed soft convertible top, this W113 is now offered with a color-matched hardtop, records from the sellers ownership tenure and a clear Kansas title in the seller's name.
Finished in Silver Metallic, a repaint is said to have been done on the car just over 6 years ago. A new convertible top was also installed in 2016 and has only been upright twice since installation per the seller. A color-matched hardtop is also included with the car. Exterior features include Euro-spec headlights, chrome bumpers, and a single side mirror.
Factory Bundt style 14” forged aluminum wheels are wrapped in Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires. Braking is handled by power-assisted discs.
The interior features redone MB-Tex upholstery (116), complemented by black carpeting and a black dash pad. The factory AM/FM Becker radio is said to have been refurbished and operative and an analog clock is situated right of center on the center stack.
Behind the Nardi wood-trimmed steering wheel sits VDO instrumentation, comprised of a 140-mph speedometer, a 7K-rpm tachometer, and gauges for fuel level, oil pressure and coolant temperature. Following its importation to the US, the Euro-spec odometer was converted to miles from kilometers. Mileage currently shows 11,300, though approximately 40K miles have been added since the odometer conversion.
The 2.8-liter M130 inline-six is reportedly original to the car and features mechanical fuel injection. Factory ratings measured the W113 at 168 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque when new. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission. The seller does note a removal of the transmission cover and inspection of the gears. A recent servicing also included the addition of ATF fluid to the power steering system.
Additional photos showing the underside are provided in the gallery below.
AUTOHUNTER ADMIN UPDATE 9/21/20 10:21AM PST: Photos of when the car was being repainted have been added to photo gallery, New photos can be found at the end of the gallery.