Year of manufacture1971
- One of just 831 examples produced for the 1971 model year
- Attractive triple-black color combination
- 2.8-liter inline-six engine paired with automatic transmission
- Benefits from a nut-and-bolt restoration
The 280 SL roadsters are without a doubt at the very sweet spot of the classic Mercedes-Benz model range: They remain attainable, despite rapidly increasing values over recent years, and are extremely stylish, reliable, and competent enough to be used for pleasure on a frequent basis. The elegant and understated styling of these roadsters, penned by designer and artist Paul Bracq, made the model a desirable accessory for young Hollywood celebrities in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
This freshly restored, triple-black 1971 example offered here is one of just 831 produced for the model year. The car’s stunning presentation is thanks to nut-and-bolt restoration which included a complete bare-metal respray and new interior. The interior trim and exterior brightwork have similarly been refinished and replated as needed, further enhancing the gleaming aesthetic of this attractive Mercedes-Benz. Furthermore, this 280 SL retains the correct-type Becker radio, and the dashboard is fitted with a period-style air conditioning unit.
The consignor states that the car’s 2.8-liter engine received a full suite of fresh hoses, seals, and lines to replace the aging originals. Now perched upon a new set of Hankook narrow whitewall tires befitting a factory aesthetic, this attractive 280 SL is accompanied by a matching spare, tool roll, and several photos documenting the car’s restoration.
This exceptional and recently restored 280 SL can be enjoyed at Mercedes-Benz concours events, where it is sure to be appreciated, or all-weather road trips travelling in supreme comfort.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am21.