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My 1969 Mercedes 280SL
By Peter Krahn

My 1969 Mercedes 280 SL My 1969 Mercedes 280SL was imported to the US in 1969 by the original owner. He sold it to a man in Denver, Colorado who presented it to his daughter Connie as a driver to attend college (how appropriate for a lady student in Fine Arts).

Connie kept this car for 30 years in original condition when she decided to sell it. When I inquired why she would sell such a beautiful classic she said it would cost a lot to restore it to its original condition and she planned to buy a new laptop with the proceeds. It was listed in Auto Trader for $12,000 (almost twice the original selling price). We settled for a price of $10,500.

In my thoughts, I reasoned that her laptop today is outdated and worthless while this beautiful Mercedes roadster, restored to its original condition, would appraise in excess of $40,000. It is an all numbers matching car (4-speed manual) and is original except for the paint, originally Forest Green and now Mercedes Magnatite Blue - a color introduced by Mercedes in 1974. In my opinion, the blue adds both dignity and justice to the design of this classic. This model has both the hardtop and soft top. Original mileage is 137,000 km.

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