1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL
It's now been more than 60 years that the Mercedes-Benz SL sports
cars have been featured in Hollywood movies. Bet you can't name the
first use. Could well be 1958's The Screaming Skull with John
Hudson and Peggy Weber. Don't look for it on the Oscar list. But
there were great SL movies too, like On the Beach, High Society,
Bullitt, Play Misty for Me, Viva Las Vegas, Beverly Hills Cop, The
Bucket List...and, would you believe, The Simpsons.
This early 1970's tri pointed "star" has come to us for consignment
and deserves a look if you are even half a Mercedes Benz aficionado
and the Pagoda styling. A thin styled body, 2 seats, and a
removable hardtop and sporty 170ci inline 6 cylinder and you are in
"Sports Light" (sport leicht in the mother country language)
The styling on these cars is just too cool. This particular car
bathed in Dark Olive paint, which presents very nicely with just a
few faults and marks gained over time of usage. The trim, and
bumper chrome is excellent all with a mirror like shine, and all
present and accounted for. Love the lines of this pagoda top, all
surrounded with lots of nice trim and its curved sweeping top
exemplary of its namesake. No rust on this exterior to note, and
standard Mercedes 14-inch wheel covers all around. Noted for the
exterior to our purists out there we have viewed an invoice from a
body shop which itemizes repairs to this car which include repair
damage that encompasses passenger side front quarter and wheel
well, hood, door skin, radiator support, radiator, grille shell,
headlight and bezel along with a frame straightening on the right
front and a respray to match the remainder of the car. These
repairs were performed we surmise sometime on the mid 90's and were
to the tune of $11,000.00. This information is being provided in
full disclosure and is important to the history of this car.
Original door panels covered with black textured MB Tex are
peppered with chromed shiny trimmings in levers knobs and sliding
locks. The bucket seats are wearing a nice patina but still present
well and give ample support. The dash is original and has dual
circular gauges and a central vertical panel with more gauges and
some warning lights. Looking at the dash top, it is padded with no
cracks, and just below is a trim strip of textured aluminum, then a
strip of olive green, then more padding for the leg area. A
Frigiking A/C unit hangs below the dash. Hanging above is a
perforated pattern white headliner which is tight, and faded green
carpeting covers the floors and rear storage areas.
Under the hood a non-original 170ci inline 6-cylinder engine sits
in an original condition engine bay. We surmise the engine was
changed after the damage to this car was sustained, but this is not
confirmed. This engine is fuel injected and has a 4-speed automatic
transmission attached to the back and a 4.08 gear rear axle.
Small areas of surface rust are noted throughout but all
unremarkable. Some repairs to a floorpan on the passenger side are
seen. Frame is solid and overall undercarriage is clean.
Independent coil springs for the front suspension, and an
independent single joint, low pivot swing rear axle is used with a
transverse compensator spring in place of a sway bar. Power disc
brakes are on all 4 corners.
This car started quickly, and it was off in a flash to the test
track where it handled all the inputs swimmingly. Good solid
handling, nice acceleration and good stopping power with the power
discs. We did not note anything inoperable.
A nice example with just a bit of history that may be important or
may not, as this car seems all buttoned up now, and looking like it
did in 1971 with some usage. Either way a beautiful example from a
good year for this car in looks and power, all in the pagoda
1-Left Hand Drive
019827-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
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