Manufactured from 1968 to 1971, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL is probably one of the most beautiful convertibles of the late 1960s and early 1970s. With its timeless and graceful styling, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL combines performance and handling.
It is called "pagoda" because of the lines of its removable hardtop, which allude to a Chinese pagoda. From the very beginning of its manufacture, it has established itself as one of the most beautiful cars produced by Mercedes-Benz. With a timeless and graceful style, energetic performance and handling, it is equipped with a very high quality of construction.
The SL series of cars built from 1963 to 1971 is now the focus of attention of collectors around the world.
The 280 SL was introduced in December 1967, and was manufactured until 23 February 1971. Over the years, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL has been transformed. From a sports car, it has evolved into a comfortable grand touring car for an informed and refined public. Heavier, more luxurious and more powerful, it is gradually getting closer to a Grand Tourer.
American models are then generally equipped with 4-speed automatic transmission and air conditioning, while in Europe, manual transmissions without air conditioning remain the predominant choice.
Of the 23,885 Mercedes-Benz 280 SLs produced, more than half are sold in the United States, where it becomes a legendary car.
Technical specifications :
Like the other cars in the SL series, the 280 has a monocoque chassis with front suspension, while the rear incorporates a single pivot swing axle and transverse springs configured to compensate for camber. All four wheels are equipped with discs to provide maximum braking power.
Equipped with a 2.8-litre overhead cam and 6-cylinder in-line engine, the Mecedes-Benz is one of the most powerful cars of its generation.