The Mercedes Benz SL class has been the benchmark for German luxury sports cars since the introduction of the 300SL "Gullwing" in 1954. The concept of a lightweight, luxurious car combining aspects of both a sports car and a tourer was a huge success and created a niche market segment that is still extremely popular to this day. The followup to the famous 300SL and 190SL, the W113 chassis was introduced in 1963. The W113, based on a modified W111 platform, was a revolutionary design that implemented cutting edge technological advancements for the time. With striking good looks and a newly designed "safety body" that allowed for impact-absorbing crumple zones for increased passenger protection, the new SL class was a hit; however, some complained about the lack of a more powerful version. In 1967, Mercedes unveiled the 170-horsepower 280SL, which proved to be the most popular of all W113 models.
This 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL, finished in a stunning black paint over a red leather interior, is a fantastic example of one of Mercedes' most adored collector vehicles. It comes from long-term ownership and features the hardtop that gave the 280SL its nickname of "Pagoda." Air conditioning and 4-speed automatic transmission make this the epitome of the classic luxury sports car, allowing its driver to enjoy the roads with ease and comfort. A fantastic driver and freshly serviced, this gorgeous 280SL is ready for the roads ahead.