Less than a year after the presentation of the 250 SL, after 5196 units had been built it was replaced by the 280 SL. Apart from the model plate it could only be distinguished from the two preceding models on the outside by the different wheel hub caps.
In the wake of the market launch of the intermediate range models of the 114/115 series, not only the luxury-class saloons, coupés and cabriolets, but also the SL was powered by a 2.8-litre engine. Thanks to a camshaft with changed valve timing, the variant of the M 130 engine used in the 280 SL mobilised 10 bhp (7.4 kW) more than the base version of the 280 SE, developing 170 bhp (125 kW) at 5750 rpm. Compared with the 250 SL the power had been increased by around 20 bhp (15 kW) and torque by 10 per cent. For the first time the radiator fan was fitted with a viscous coupling which limited the rotational speed. The 0 to 100 km/h was in the vicinity of nine seconds and the top speed again came up to the level of the 230 SL, i.e., 200 km/h in the fabric-top version. Its suspension, designed for further enhanced comfort, was softer. The service intervals were 10,000 kilometres instead of 3000.
23,885 units of the fast and reliable Mercedes-Benz 280 SL rolled off the assembly line. All in all, from 1963 to 1971 a total of 48,912 “Pagodas” were built – remarkable for a sports car with such high standards. Today its high overall quality, its elegance and its clear lines make the W 113 series a coveted item among restorers and collectors.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 113044-12-009659 – sold for $99,000 Remained in highly original and well preserved order as it remained in the same family ownership for virtually its whole life. Desirable optional alloy wheels. Important works were entrusted to Paul Russell’s esteemed facility in Massachusetts. Throughout its 46 year existence its servicing is well charted, so its accrual of just under 75,000 miles is fully substantiated. Auction Source: 2015 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster 113.044-12-007543 – sold for €48,340 This example was sold new in California, USA from where it was imported in 2013. Described as running well, the car has been re-sprayed in silver metallic but retains its original black trim. Accompanying documentation consists of German registration papers and some history relating to its time in the USA. A total of 66,000 kilometres is currently displayed on the odometer. Auction Source: The Mercedes-Benz Sale 2015 by Bonhams
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster 113.044-12-019709 – sold for €104,075 This exceptional 280 SL remained in California, USA with its first owner, Alan B Adison, until 2006. The current Netherlands-based owner purchased the car from the second owner, M van Brücken, in 2014. Un-restored, the 280 SL is described as in near perfect condition, ’99-point’ and ‘like new’. Noteworthy features of this supremely well equipped car include original two-tone paintwork, air conditioning and automatic transmission, while theaccompanying Mercedes-Benz certificate of origin lists no fewer than 12 factory-fitted options. Additional accompanying documentation consists of the old US title, current Netherlands registration papers and a large file of maintenance history, while the car also comes with its handbooks and tools.
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster 11304412015519 – sold for $82,000 Bought in Houston in 2001 as a nice rust free car. Complete restoration including engine rebuilt by Mario Sueiras. Pagoda hardtop and soft top included in Dark Blue. Interior by GAHH. Original parts. Stored in dry garage. 11% buyers premium on this automobile, Import duties have been paid . Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 113.044.10.022291 – sold for $79,750 Single owner since 1978. A recent refurbishment includes fresh Light Green Metallic paint over a new parchment interior, which features the ageless Becker Mexico radio. Records document the entire period of a single owner since 1978, when it may well have been bought from the original buyer. That extended tenure and the recent refurbishment have yielded a car in excellent running and driving shape, which is surely a great pleasure in owning the very last and greatest of the beloved pagoda-roof Mercedes-Benz SLs.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible – sold for $50,000 The 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL carried on the tradition of lightweight M-B sports roadsters and grand tourers with the rock-solid 280SL. The Paul Braque-designed “Pagoda-roof” 280SL benefited from engineering development that gave its 2.8 L overhead cam 6 170 horsepower. This lovely 1969 example has been a California car since new. Well cared for and restored some years ago, it remains in marvelous condition and comes with both hard and soft tops and a beautifully detailed engine compartment. Owner’s manual and books included.
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible Chassis – sold for €50,600 This 280SL has had only one (lady) owner and has covered only 69,000-or-so kilometres (43,000 miles) from new. Acquired recently from an estate sale in Italy, the 280SL was bought new in Austria for the Italian wife of a southern Austrian citizen and spent almost all its life at their home near Cremona, where it was serviced. During the last eight years the car has seen very little use, its elderly owner covering fewer than 4,000 kilometresduring that time. It is described as in utterly original condition with the exception of a high quality re-spray in the original colour of emerald green carried out a couple of years ago, the original paint having lost its original depth and lustre. The original light brown leather interior is said to be in perfect unmarked condition, with matching brown carpets, while the beige roof is in good order also. The underside is reported as absolutely solid and rot free – the result of residing in a dry climate – and the car mechanically strong, starting instantly and running quietly. The automatic gearbox works perfectly with seamless changes. All in all this is a beautiful unmolested 280SL preserved in wonderful ‘time warp’ condition.