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1976 Mercedes-Benz 280SL RHD For Sale

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  • £34,995 Or near offer
  • 1976
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Price £34,995 Or near offer
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mercedes
Model 280
  280SL
Year 1976
Mileage 12,000 miles
Country UK
Region Kent
Telephone 01892 333871
Status Trade
Date 08-Aug-2020
Ref C1254270
We have here an unrepeatable opportunity to purchase one of the most iconic and useable classics available today in a museum quality condition. This is a 1976 Mercedes-Benz 280SL with a warranted 12,282 Miles from new, in a condition that beggars belief.

When Mercedes redesigned its famed 'Pagoda top' SL in 1971, there was a lot of equity behind it – after all, when the incomparable 300SL Coupe and Roadster were built fewer than 20 years before, they set the world on fire. The next-generation 230/250/280SL in 1963 brought Mercedes' sports car down to Earth, replacing both the incredible 300SL and four-cylinder 190SL. For the next SL, Mercedes started with the chassis of the mid-size "W114/115" model and added the motors from the large "W116" S-Class. The result was a luxurious V8 Convertible that ended up being the longest-running passenger car series ever produced by Mercedes to date, with production through 1989.

This classic Mercedes-Benz is finished in factory original Silver Green Metallic, (Code 861H – Silbergrun). The instantly recognisable lines of the R107 series are elegant yet subtle and this example is surely one of the best there is with only a few tiny hairline marks on the top of the offside front wing to an otherwise exceptional paint finish. The Black hood is as new, as are the side and rear hood windows. The original colour coded hard top remains with the car and is in remarkable condition. All the chrome has a mirror finish and trim sections and rubbers are virtually as new. Features of a 1970’s pre-facelift example include the single, smaller and more ornate door mirror. A car that for Mercedes-Benz stood for exemplary build quality and engineering excellence.

The pristine factory trimmed interior is upholstered in delightful 1970’s Bamboo colour with matching colour scheme carpets. The seats are beautifully preserved with no discolouration or cracking and only slight stretching and the deep pile carpeting throughout looks almost new. The fascia is perfect and all the gauges, controls and electrics operate exactly as they should, including the factory optional Becker Mexico Cassette radio, the most expensive unit available when new! Other features of an early R107 SL are manual window winders and the seat belt holding clips, still intact. Service stickers are still visible in the door shuts. The boot area has the factory supplied toolkit as well as the original rubber matting and bare metal rear bulkhead as fitted to earlier example’s. The inner rear light clusters have retained the manufacture stamps. Our car has the detachable colour coded hard top, retractable soft top, fire extinguisher, power assisted steering, 4-speed automatic transmission with tempomat and the Becker Mexico Cassette radio

This 1976 example, one of only 1,099 280SL’s built that year, produces 185bhp at 6000rpm and 175lb/ft of torque to achieve a top speed of 124mph and 0-60mph in 10.01 seconds. The engine bay is spotless and retains all manufacturer stickers, plates, panel stampings, and even the original battery warning tag! The factory wax can be seen on components revealing the originality of this car impossible to replicate. The four-speed automatic transmission is flawless in operation with positive kickdown. The original wheels remain fitted with the colour coded and chromium plated 12 hole trims which are in excellent order, with two pieces showing only very light scratches. Period matching Michelin MXV 185 HR14 tyres are fitted and remain virtually unused with nobbles fully intact. The unused spare wheel is shod in the factory Pirelli tyre.

This car was ordered in late 1975 for an Australian resident through the company name, Zawawi Trading. Registered in 1976, the first owner opted for factory collection in Stuttgart, Germany, and the car remained in Switzerland/England for the first 12 months in order to avoid import duty in Australia. Shortly after the cars arrival in Australia, the owner sadly passed away and unable to part with the car for sentimental reasons, the owners widow kept the car in a dry garage for many years. Resisting several offers to buy the car over the years, wanting to preserve the memory of her late husband, the car was used only very sparingly explaining the very low 12k miles covered. Eventually, the original owner’s Step Son brought the car into the UK in July 2016 whereby a well-known Aston Martin Dealer purchased the car. A signed letter from the family of the original owner is kept in the history file where all this information is thankfully recorded for the next owner to enjoy. Upon arrival in the UK with registration and imports duties paid, a full inspection, recommission and main service was carried out with an invoice in the history dated November 2017 for £1,793.16 to document the work carried out. KGF Classic Cars, one of the UK's leading specialists in unrepeatable cars, sold the car to the last owner, Rev. Paul O’Donoghue in early 2018 where it formed part of his eclectic collection. It is now back in the UK, although still registered in Ireland, in case it might return there. The car can readily be UK registered if needed. Appealing to any serious collector wanting one of the very best-preserved examples in existence, this 280SL will delight on every conceivable level.

Please be quick at the asking price, it could quite easily be double this at a specialist Classic Mercedes Dealer, and it still would be worth it!

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