For Sale: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SL in Victoria , British Columbia

Vehicle Description


1985 was the last year of the Mercedes Euro 280SL production. Discontinued mid 85’. 

Signal Red with a black leather interior, car runs and presents like new. It has rear fold down factory installed seats, a seldom ordered option in 1985. Interior as new. 

Car is powered by a 2.8 litre twin cam engine, developing 185 HP, coupled to a 5 speed transmission . Has factory cruise control. 4 seats, 5 speed manual transmission and cruise control are very rare options on these SL’s.  

This Euro 107 280 SL is said to be the best driving SL of the series. Powered by a straight 6 engine, making the front end of the car much lighter than the V8, it promoted sportier handling and a better-balanced car. The twin cam design put out more horsepower than all but one V8 Mercedes of the day. The highly sought after 5-speed manual transmission, provides good acceleration, exceptional high-speed cruising ability, and much better fuel economy.

Some paint redone and soft top replaced due to keying. Otherwise all original ! Concurs condition throughout. Have OEM steering wheel. Sounds beautiful shifting through the gears. Garage kept it’s entire existence . 

Car has an interesting back story, it was apparently used by MB in promotional settings and marketing materials in 1985 .

Have original import US documents . History of ownership and maintenance work. Apparently it’s very easy to reimport it back into the USA . 

Show - exhibition and brochure provenance will not be confirmed or denied by Mercedes Benz Germany. Although there are anomalies in their records they can’t readily explain. As provenance cannot be 100% confirmed it is not reflected in the asking price.

Odometer reads 35000 miles but actual miles are 27,500 . Documents indicate it was rolled forward 7,500 miles when imported as a new “used car” into the US in 1985. Apparently a common practice in those days.

Asking  $62K US. $80K(Canadian dollars) Price is in line with recent market sales for 107 280SL’s with factory installed 5 speed standard transmissions in Concurs condition with low mileage .

Vehicle Details

  • 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
  • Listing ID: CC-1599287
  • Price: $62,000 (OBO)
  • Location:Victoria , British Columbia
  • Year:1985
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:280SL
  • Exterior Color:Signal Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:35000
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Aftermarket Wheels:Yes
  • Restoration History:Unrestored
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Leather
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Cassette:Yes
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Cruise Control:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes
  • Fuel Injection:Yes
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive
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