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Mercedes-Benz 280SL: the beginnings of the legend

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.


History :

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.