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For Sale: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
in Houston, Texas

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Indigo Classic Cars
Indigo Classic Cars
13921 N Freeway
Houston, TX 77090
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indiGO Classic Cars proudly offers this 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Automatic Roadster Convertible with Hardtop in Red Metallic over a Parchment Grey MB Tex leather interior. Statistics on this classic Mercedes include: 180 hp, 2,778cc fuel-injected six-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, unequal A-arms, independent rear suspension with low-pivot swing axles, trailing arms and coil springs, and hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5” The last and best of the 230/250/280SL series of sports cars Fitted with a floor shifted four-speed automatic transmission Red Metallic Exterior Color Electrically Heated Rear Window Automatic Floor Shift Transmission Europa AM-FM Radio Tinted Glass Chromium Roof Bars White Side Wall Tires Light Grey Soft Top Removable Body Colored Hardtop Only 830 total 1971 280SL’s were produced Odometer indicates 86,229 miles When it was introduced in 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 230SL two-seater marked a huge improvement over the outgoing 190SL roadster. For one thing, it boasted a 170 hp six-cylinder engine, instead of the 190’s four-cylinder. Surrounding that was a crisp, angular design, with an unusual concave hardtop roof that led to the sobriquet “Pagoda Top,” by which the model has since been known. It led to a successful dynasty that would be produced until 1971 with engine displacement gradually increased throughout the run to the most desirable 2.8-liter 280SL. While not intended as an out-and-out sports car, Eugene Bohringer succeeded in winning the rugged Spa-Sofia-Liege Rally in the 230SL’s competition debut, which Sporting Motorist called “the sort of debut one would expect from the Stuttgart factory.” Mostly, though, the pagoda top SLs became the choice of celebrities and the wealthy, more likely to be seen cruising sunny coastal roads, or parked in front of trendy restaurants and grand hotels, than covered in mud with rally numbers on the sides. Recently tuned up, this roadster is fitted with the most desirable 2.8-liter, fuel-injected, 180-horsepower six-cylinder engine, promising 0-60 mph in 10 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. This 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL is fitted with a floor shifted four speed automatic transmission. The Red Metallic paint matching its original 571 paint code is excellent and the panel fit typically precise. The original interior code is 144, Parchment MB Tex with Dark Grey carpets. With only 86,229 original miles, this Red Metallic on Parchment (Grey) 280SL is ready for some spirited sprints or a casual cruise around town. This car includes not only the tool roll, but also its full book set including the original window sticker, data cards, and maintenance books with dealer service stamps dating back to the original owner in Tampa, FL. indigo Classic Cars and Lamborghini Houston are members of the Indigo Auto Group. We offer an extensive range of superb, low mile exotic and luxury automobiles. Our dealership features a beautiful Corporate Identity showroom, fully staffed factory certified service center, parts department, detail department, and Lamborghini accessories boutique. Allow us to also help arrange Enclosed Transportation of your new car directly to your home anywhere in the world. Financing is also available. Trade-in proposals are always welcome. If you like this vehicle and have questions, simply call, email, or drop by our location at 13921 North Freeway (I-45N) on the north side of Houston. You will meet the friendliest group of car enthusiasts anywhere!

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United States
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Houston, TX
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Dark Red Metallic

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Very Good

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Parchment Grey

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Very Good

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Inline 6

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Rear-wheel drive

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