1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 4-Speed Manual Hardtop A/C Original Owner Early Build

Price: US $69,950.00 Item location: Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: SL-Class
  • Trim: ORIGINAL OWNER, 4-Speed, Hardtop, A/C
  • Year: 1968
  • Mileage: 157,871
  • Color: Red (DB576)
  • Interior color: Parchment (147)
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1968 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class ORIGINAL OWNER, 4-Speed, Hardtop, A/C

1968 Mercedes Benz 280SL Roadster

One Owner Since New

157,871 Original Miles

4 Speed manual transmission

Red (DB576) over Parchment Tex (147) and Black Soft & Hard Tops

In 1963, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 230 SL on the new W113 roadster chassis to replace the expensive 300 SL and affordable 190 SL of the 1950s. It was an attractive compromise of performance and affordability, penned by designer and artist Paul Bracq, with tradition-breaking straight fender lines. The light and airy detachable hardtop with its concave upper surface, created by reinforcing ridges running front to back on the outside edges, was the source of the "Pagoda" nickname.

The 230 SL was well received, but its performance was a bit disappointing due to the limited power of its 2.3-liter engine. Without changing the design, it was replaced in 1967 with the interim 2.5-liter 250 SL, and then in 1968 by the 280 SL with its more powerful 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine. The 280 SL would stay in production for three years before Mercedes-Benz replaced it with the R107-chassis 350 SL.

This 1968 Mercedes Benz 280SL was built in January 1968. It is the 726th 280SL of the roadsters built for the U.S. market in 1968. It was the first 280SL sold by Carson Pettit in Devon, Pennsylvania and it has remained on the Philadelphia "Main Line" suburbs with its original owner to this day. The car has been registered and operational since brand new, having never sat unused for any extended period of time.

The car is finished in Red (DB576) over Parchment Tex (147) with Black Soft & Hard Tops. The original equipment includes: 4-speed manual transmission, (422) Power steering, (503) Left side rear view mirror, (595) Tinted glass, windshield and doors, Kuhlmeister air conditioning and Becker Europa TR AM/FM radio.

The car has the original engine (rebuilt) and correct body/chassis numbers per the factory data card. The restoration (body, paint, interior, mechanical) was completed in the mid-1980's by a high-quality shop and the restoration is holding up exceptionally well. Since the restoration, the car has only been used occasionally, however, the car has always been garaged, operational and road-worthy since new and has never sat unused for an extended period of time.

The car comes with operator's manual, maintenance book, warranty plate, tool kit and some service records. The car recently passed Pennsylvania safety inspection. The soft top is excellent with a clear rear window. Michelin tires.

If you have a serious interest in purchasing this 280SL or have questions, please contact me via the Contact Seller function on eBay.


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•The car is 50 years old and is sold as-is, where-is, with all faults. No warranties are expressed or implied. Buyer is responsible for transport after purchase. The car has a clear Pennsylvania title in the owner's name.

•The car is located in the Philadelphia suburbs and can be seen by appointment.

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