Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

The Paul Bracq-designed Mercedes Benz 113 series succeeded both the 190SL and the 300SL and made its public debut at the 1963 Geneva Auto Show. The first model, the 230SL, was a comfortable, well-equipped and compact two-seat sports touring machine that provided better performance than the 190SL. Instantly recognizable by virtue of their unique and strong detachable hardtop design, the cars were colloquially known as “pagodas.”

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

180 bhp, 2,778 cc single overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, Bosch fuel injection, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, rear suspension by single low-pivot swing axles with trailing arms and coil springs, four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5".

Source: RM Auctions

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