Zero-rust 1970 280 SL homed in California since 1975; 4-speed automatic with both tops. Professional valuation completed 3/3/17 at $71,900: "As noted on the Vehicle Option pages, and as depicted on the many enclosed digital photographs, this 1970 280SL has been professionally restored back to a near-perfect, as-factory condition. In addition to the noted condition, this 1970 has a very desirable option package that includes matching hardtop and 4-speed automatic transmission". Purchased new in 1970, this car first arrived in Cupertino, CA in 1975 with around 46k miles. Our current owner bought this car in 2001 with 96k miles.
All matching numbers, hardtop and excellent soft top, instruments and cables refurbished (including original clock); new heater dash controls, shock absorbers, body & motor mounts, king pins; brakes recently replaced; very good paint (original factory color), meticulous service records, engine compression good and balanced with no added oil required between regular service; excellent dash wood trim, original tool set, manuals and purchase documents, extra wheel covers (yet to be painted).
Mercedes-Benz introduced the 280 SL less than a year after the 250 SL arrived on the scene, and closed out the “Pagoda” SL line in 1971 after nearly 24,000 were built since 1963. Its distinctive, patented, slightly concave hardtop, inspired the "Pagoda" nickname. The 280 SL was very similar, to its predecessor, but the 280 SL is the most refined of the series. By the time the 280 SL gave way to the next generation SL (380/450/560), it had firmly established itself as one of the finest cars to come from the Stuttgart firm. With timeless, graceful styling, spirited performance and handling, and build quality and reliability second to none, the SL series of cars built from 1963 to 1971 are solid collectibles with plenty to offer.
The personal luxury convertible may have truly come into existence with the advent of the 1968-1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL. Hagerty’s Valuation Tool indicates that prices have been rising quickly for the 1968-1971 280 SLs, especially for ones in excellent condition: # 3 Good $83,000, #2 Excellent $109,500. And for good reason – they are beautiful, usable, and have enough modern conveniences to remain comfortable today. Their driving dynamics are sporting enough, refined and comfortable, even for a car 46 years old. The bucket seats are supportive, and the low shoulders invite one to rest an arm, while cruising. And like any Mercedes-Benz from the era, its build quality is impeccable. We offer this meticulously maintained appreciating beauty for $74,900. Go to www.mycarguy-sf.com for a 40-photo slide show.
Engine: 2778cc/Bosch FI Straight 6-cylinder, 180 hp 193-lbs.ft. torque
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Colors: Medium Blue Metallic with Blue Leather
Curb Weight: 2,998 lbs.
Number Produced: 7,935
Odometer: 18,100 miles
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