1. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  2. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  3. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  4. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  5. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  6. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  7. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  8. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  9. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  10. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  11. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

  12. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

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  19. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

Lot Number
56
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $80,000 - $100,000
CHASSIS NO: 113.044-12-020026
• Very rare and enjoyable final-year 280 SL model
• Complete with both hard and soft tops and hardtop stand
• Desirable color combination and ready to go
• Offered on behalf of a highly selective consignor

2,778 cc OHC inline six-cylinder engine, Bosch fuel injection, 170 BHP at 5,750 RPM, four-speed automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, double wishbones and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with low-pivot swing axles, trailing arms, coil springs, and transverse compensator spring, power-assisted four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5”)


Introduced at the March 1963 Geneva Salon, the 230 SL replaced both the 300 SL and 190 SL to usher in a new single-platform policy for Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Designated W113, the new SL’s crisp Paul Bracq-penned bodylines bore a strong family resemblance to the other Mercedes-Benz models. The 230 SL also marked an automotive-industry first with its comprehensive suite of built-in safety features designed by Bela Barényi. Among them were rigidly unitized monocoque-type body construction, front and rear crumple zones, and the careful identification and elimination of sharp edges from the interior compartment. In yet another case of form following function, the optional “Pagoda” hardtop design of the 230 SL offered strength and rollover protection, as well as the car’s enduring and endearing “Pagoda” nickname. Mechanical features were shared with the contemporary 220 SEb line, itself marking a revolution for Mercedes-Benz. Subtle enhancements included the use of a rear compensator spring allowing softer springs and firmer shock absorbers. Both handling and ride quality improved at once. Dual-circuit brakes and radial-ply tires provided further refinement and safety. While somewhat heavier than the 190 SL, the added power and torque delivered by the six-cylinder 230 SL yielded strong acceleration and speeds over 120 mph. Improved seat belts, a collapsible steering-column, and four-wheel disc brakes appeared with the evolutionary 250 SL in late 1966 for the 1967 model year.
While intended as a swift Grand Touring car without racing aspirations, the 230 SL offered startling performance in the hands of skilled drivers. Famed Mercedes-Benz engineer Rudi Uhlenhaut lapped a tight French circuit with a 230 SL just two-tenths of a second behind Mike Parkes in his Ferrari 250 GT. Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser delivered further proof in August 1963 by winning the punishing 5,488-kilometer Marathon de la Route with a 230 SL. Development progressed through the 2.5-liter 250 SL of 1967 and then from 1968, the final W 113 model was the 2.8-liter 280 SL, produced from December 1967 to February 1971. While a subtle update, the enhanced torque and flexibility of the 280 SL makes it the most popular and usable evolution of the “Pagoda” SL. Best of all, it is quite capable of handling today’s driving conditions, with a recent Car and Driver article confirming its remarkable performance including sprints from rest to 60 mph in just 8.7 seconds. In summary, the article concluded “…the old SL proves that it was built modern enough to survive at today's traffic speeds. You could drive this pretty old car every day, and into a very gentle good night.”
Out of total 280 SL production of just 23,885 examples, 8,047 were built for 1969 and of them, 4,102 were exported to the lucrative U.S. market, where the W 113-generation SL enjoyed growing popularity. One of only 520 examples exported to the United States for 1971, this 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL hails from that final model year for the beloved W113 “Pagoda” SLs. Equipped with a four-speed automatic gearbox and complete with both hard and soft tops, plus a wheeled hardtop dolly, this 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL is a highly attractive, quality example that, according to the selective Consignor, looks and drives great. Cosmetically attractive and mechanically ready to tour and enjoy with equal enthusiasm, this highly collectible 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL stands ready to deliver the excellent driving dynamics and timeless Continental panache this iconic Mercedes-Benz has always been renowned for.

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster
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