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121 - 1983 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

 
 
 
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Registration TPB 358
Chassis Number 10704222017184
Engine Number 11099022003911
Estimate £10,000 - £15,000

The Mercedes-Benz SL has been in production since 1954 with perhaps the most influential model being the W113 Pagoda of 1963. This second generation evolved from the 230 SL to 250 SL, finally becoming the 280 SL. The W113 was replaced by the W107 in 1971 and, as the engines became larger, the bodywork and weight of the cars also increased, as so often happens in mid-life!  The SL improved through the years with technical innovation but still managed to keep its fundamental character and identity of an up-market, high-quality sports car.  Its reputation went from strength to strength and it was rare to see an episode of Dallas or Dynasty in the 1980's without an SL making a star appearance. The genius soft-top mechanism which folds down out of sight under a panel ahead of the boot lid gave the car a beautifully sleek, uncluttered appearance. Of all the engine offerings the 280 remains the most sought after with the smaller 2.8 litre engine offering plenty of power but with the advantage of less weight and this improved handling.

First registered on the 1st August, 1983, this fine example boasts a full service history and was supplied new via Evans Halshaw in Chesham. Supplied with a new hood fitted in 2014 and detachable hard top, the owner informs us the car is mechanically sound and drives well. It has benefitted from being garaged and not used in the wet with new sills and drivers floorpan replaced in 2016. Supplied with a current MoT test certificate with no advisories, valid until April of this year, and further MoT history dating back to 2006 when the car was showing 118,378 miles; some 15,700 miles covered in the last 11 years. Finished in green with a green interior and a contrasting blue hood, this charming 280 is offered with the personal registration number 'TPB 358' included with the car.