1968 – Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

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85000 - 95000 EUR
1968 – Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
French circulation permit Chassis n°11304412001616 - Very well maintained with invoices - Beautiful, sound and elegant - Beautiful color combination - Hard top and soft top Location : Paris region The 230 SL, 250 SL and 280 SL are a logical continuation of the 190 SL concept. These three versions can be seen as a series with increasingly powerful engines, the 250 SL and 280 SL engines being virtually the same as those fitted to the 250 SE and 280 SE sedans. This series, which was built between 1963 and 1971, was almost unchanged in terms of body style, but constantly improved mechanically. The 230 SL was equipped with disc brakes at the front and drums at the rear, while the 250 SL and 280 SL had 4 discs. All versions had power-assisted brakes. All three models were available with 4- or 5-speed manual gearboxes, or the 4-speed automatic common to US models. These cars were sold as coupes (with only a removable hard top), convertibles (with only a soft top), or coupes/convertibles (with soft top and hard top). It was an elegant, everyday car. The car presented is a 1968 280 SL imported from Las Vegas, Nevada in 2015 and registered in France by the current owner. It features a four-speed automatic transmission, power steering and a body-colored hard top. The electric blue (Tex) vinyl interior is in good condition, as is the dark blue alpaca soft top. A file of invoices since 2007 completes the pedigree of this beautiful car, as does a copy of its Datacard. The engine was completely dismantled and overhauled in 2008, with the cylinder head and injection pump rebuilt. An electronic ignition was installed, as well as a battery cut-off switch. Silentblocs, brakes, ball joints, bearings and shock absorbers have been rebuilt or replaced. The suspension pivots require replacement. A vintage Becker Europa FM car radio and an electric antenna are installed on board, as well as an anti-darkening net. This is a very fine example of a classic, timeless cabriolet.
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