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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

For sale: 1971 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Technical specifications

Item location:
Two-Top Pagoda W113
Midnight Blue (DB 904)
Engine size:
180hp 2,778 cc Inline 6-Cylinder
Number of cylinders:
Drive type:
Interior color:
Blue Tex-Leather
Vehicle Title:
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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Meticulously Restored Pagoda. Last Year of Production. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Meticulously Restored Pagoda. Last Year of Production. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL "Pagoda"
Chassis/VIN: 11304412012648Midnight Blue over Blue Tex LeatherMileage: 50,010 miles
180 bhp, 778 cu. in. OHV inline six-cylinder engine with Bosch fuel injection, our-speed manual transmission, ndependent front suspension with wishbones, oil springs, nti-roll bar, nd telescopic shocks, ingle low-pivot rear swing axle with trailing arms, oil springs, ompensator spring, nd telescopic shocks, nd four-wheel power hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.
* Meticulously Restored* Numbers Matching* Rare Final-Year, wo-Top Pagoda SL* US Specification with Factory Air Conditioning
Nothing was easy about Mercedes-Benz’s decision to replace the 300SL, nd while the next car to carry the SL name, he 190SL, arned a following, t was very different from the 300. Mercedes-Benz’s corporate board asked for a car that would combine the affordability of the 190 and the performance of the 300, ielding the 230SL in 1963. That car was highly capable, s a famous victory in the nonstop, our-day Spa-Sofia-Liège Rally demonstrated, ut still the cry came for more power under the distinctive hood. The original 2.3-liter engine begat a 2.5 and, ltimately, he 2.8 in 1968.
Designed by Frenchman Paul Bracq, he 280SL was technologically ahead of its time, ffering fuel-injection and four wheel disc brakes. Most models in the North American Market featured a 4 Speed Automatic Transmission and Air conditioning, aking the SL into a desirable luxury cruiser. The hardtop was designed to hold 1000kg, nd to be as solid as a coupe in the event of a rollover, he roof's stepped panels is where it earned the nickname "Pagoda".
Despite its compact appearance, he 280SL is quite roomy and comfortable, nd while it had a stout body structure, he removable steel pagoda roof raised curb weight to around 3,100 pounds, nd the torquey and smooth seven-main M130 engine still drives it to 60 mph under 10 seconds.
The car offered here:
This stunning DB 904 Midnight Blue over Blue Tex Leather 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda was sold new by salesman Charles L. Lauderback at Imported Cars of Greenwich in Greenwich, onnecticut on May 20th, 971. Imported Cars of Greenwich were a Rolls-Royce, ercedes-Benz and Peugeot Dealer in CT. Lauderback sold this Pagoda first owner Donald W. Jacobster who arranged a lease with the Cross Country Motors Leasing Corp.The original Service Book documents three stamped services:
1) Mercedes-Benz, anhattan West on 6/11/1971 at 2,098 miles2) Imported Cars of Greenwich, /28/1971 at 4,617 miles3) Mercedes-Benz, anhattan West on 6/29/1972 at 23,045 miles
It is complete with original factory tool roll, ack, pare tire, ire iron, lastic pouch, riginal owners manual, riginal service book, S and International Mercedes-Benz dealer directories, riginal MB 250-280SL Parts Catalog B, actory Roadster Top manual, rigiking air condidtion manual, ecker radio manual, aint Coat Preservation booklet, nd a copy of the factory data card. We’ve never seen a Pagoda with such complete original documentation. It’s an incredible find and very complete.
This beautiful Pagoda found its way into a major car collection in Florida, nd was sold in 2013 to a collector in Canada. While in Florida, his Pagoda was meticulously restored back to the proper and correct factory specifications. We’ve seen a lot of Pagodas over the years and very few have been restored to this level and with this level of authenticity. There are no signs of rust anywhere, ot in the trunk, ot under the struts, he underside is incredibly clean, ou can tell that nothing was untouched by the restorer. We found no sign of leaks. The engine runs incredibly strong and shifts well. If you are looking for one of the best 280SLs on the market, rom the final year of productions then look no further. It is wonderful to find a Pagoda with desirable factory options like Air Conditioning, ecker AM/FM Radio, imited Slip differential, wo tops, ower steering and automatic transmission.
These cars have become increasingly desirable when correctly and completely restored. Recent auction sales have posted numbers as high as $220,000 USD (Gooding & Company, melia Island, 015). They are the best examples of the W113 type and are the successors to the legendary 300SL of the 50s and early 60s. A pleasure to drive and beautiful to behold.
Options listed on factory Data Card:
904 Midnight Blue – UT and OT – Body colour and Hard top & Hub cap colour135 Blue 5000 Tex Leather with Dark Blue 5003 Carpet401 Single Seats (as opposed to Bench Seats)416 Hardtop – Mounted426 Power Steering & Automatic Transmission440 Bumpers with Bumper Guards (Front & Rear)461 Instruments in Miles with English Text491 US Version503 Outside Rear View Mirror Left Side Only515 Becker AM/FM Radio USA524 Paint Coat Preservation (Treatment)595 Tinted Glass Windshield & Doors (Darker at Top)608 Garnish Mouldings on Hardtop & Oil for Limited Slip Differential641 Whitewall Tires669 Shipping Protection (Styrofoam, osmoline etc.) Tinted, eated Rear Window249 Tinted, eated Rear Window256 Rear Axle with Limited Slip Differential744 Soft Top in Dark Blue
We want to have the vehicle run its course in the auction process. Having said that, ny realistic offer that is acceptable will end the auction early. If you would like to send us an offer, lease do so, ut do not ask what our reserve is. We value the eBay auction process immensley and feel it gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the bidding.
Please call Robert at +1 (250) 532-6547 or Tim at +1 (250) 812-6409 to have any additional questions answered or to see the car in person.

Terms & Conditions

Used vehicles are sold "as is", where is" with no warranties either expressed or implied. We do not accept refunds.

Winning bidder must contact us within 24 hours of the auction end, nd make arrangements for payment at that time.

A $5000.00 deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction.

The remainder is due within 7 days of auction end. If no contact is made within 24 hours, e reserve the right to re-list the vehicle, ell it to the next high bidder, r sell it otherwise.

The car is advertized locally. We reserve the right to end the listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale.

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Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. F.O.B. Victoria, C, anada

We can assist buyer with export/import and titling in Blaine, ashington at the buyers expense. The process is very simple. Please inquire about costs (shipping from Victoria to Blaine, rokerage fees, uty of about 2.8%).

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