Lux Classics

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

£185,000 | Location: United Kingdom


The 230SL (W113) was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 as a replacement for its predecessors, the 190SL and 300SL. The 230SL was updated in November 1966 to the 250SL and in November 1967 to the last production series as a 280SL.

With its inwardly facing roof curvature and many analogies with Far Eastern Temples, these models soon became better known as the ‘Pagoda’. They were however relatively easy to get in and out of due the tall nature of the roof. Also recognised by its clean, straight lines and large Mercedes-Benz star in the grille, this SL was available as a convertible with a hard top and soft folding roof. It had virtually nothing in common with its predecessors, with its chassis based on that of the 220SE (W111) saloon modified to offer a sportier feel.

The bonnet was styled with a slight bulge to accommodate the straight six cylinder engine, again developed from that in the saloon. Developing for the 230SL / 250SL 170 HP (SAE) at 5,600 rpm & 280SL 195 HP at 6,500 rpm with mechanical multi-port fuel injection produced a very smooth power delivery. Paired with the standard four-speed manual transmission, the W113 SL’s also offered an optional extra four-speed automatic transmission too & later with the ZF five-speed manual transmission.

With recirculating ball steering, a dual-circuit brake system, gas-filled shock absorbers and radial ply tyres, it offered a sporty feeling with exceptional handling due to its taut chassis, but also a very compliant ride too. The Pagoda was the first ever sports car to come with a ‘safety body’. It had a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones with impact-absorbing front and rear sections built into the vehicle structure.

The Pagoda proved to be a sound foundation for all subsequent SLs: An exceptional blend of good performance with the highest levels of comfort, with some 48,912 built between 1963 - 1971.


Presented now in period Anthracite Grey Metallic DB172 paintwork with matching hard top, complemented by Beige / Tan Leather interior, with period-correct Beige carpets and Black mohair soft top.

With original Ecuador delivery to USA specification in factory Dark Green and Cognac. It’s now uprated to European specification and finished in period correct in DB172 Anthracite.

A full component-off restoration by a European Mercedes-Benz marque specialist has just been completed. This vehicle comes highly recommended, and is reported to have been a pleasure to own by the present owner. The solid bodywork and sound mechanics provide for a reliable classic to European specification. It will come tried and tested, with a full service and warranty.

Original matching numbers (except colours) left hand drive with hard and soft top. Factory and standard options include:

+ Four-Speed Automatic Transmission
+ Power steering
+ Becker Mexico Stereo and Electric Aerial

Presented in immaculate condition and fully inspected by Lux Classics. It will come having completed all post restoration run down miles with any final adjustments made.

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