We are listing this 1968 280 SL for one of our female clients. She has owned this car for the last 20 + years. It is in it's original condition and is a great candidate for restoration . Most of these rare cars have already been restored and are trading for 35 - 65 thousand , depending on the quality of restoration. So now is your chance to pickup a original car ,that is all there, for a fraction of the cost!
1968 Mercedes 280SL Hardtop Convertible
The soft top is in great shape and the rear window is clear and plyable. It does however a few small blemishes from being closed for the last 20 years.
This car also has the rare original A/C. As you can see from the photos it does need some TLC, like any original 41 year old car, but it is complete and does run and drive.
Please feel free to call and ask any questions before bidding. Inspections are welcome and recommended.
A few 280 SL facts
280 SL (December, 1967 March, 1971
The 2.8 liter 280 SL was introduced in 1967 and continued production largely unchanged through 1971 when the W 113 was replaced by the entirely new, and substantially heavier, R 107 350 SL/450 SL. Most 280 SL cars built for the U.S. market were equipped with automatic transmission. Manual transmission cars came with either a 4-speed tramsmission or the super rare ZF-5 speed. In the European market manual transmission cars were still dominant. 23,885 280 SLs were produced, of which 12,927 units went to the USA and 5,754 to other countries outside of Germany . Of that 1968: 6,930 units worldwide.
Owning a Mercedes SL gives a person a real driving enjoyment and pride of ownership. When these cars were first manufactured, Mercedes-Benz adhered to construction methods that resulted in a standard that was the envy of the automotive industry. Every Mercedes-Benz model shared a build quality second to none.
THE PAGODA-ITS HISTORY
The 230SL to the 280SL went into production in 1963. They have a sleek, angular look. The nickname Pagoda (or Pagode) comes from the typical roofline of the hardtop, lower in the middle and higher at the edges.
These cars are a big step forward over the 190 SL; they are very reliable with great performance to match. The Pagodas have a more powerful, 6 cylinder engine, more luxury and performance than the 190SL models, due to their mechanical fuel injection system. Although originally they were supplied with 2 disc brakes and 2 drum brakes, starting with the 250SL forward, have disc brakes all around. Later models were available with modern features such as:
- Power steering
- 4-speed Automatic transmission
- power assisted brakes
- air conditioning
- AM and FM radios
Because of this and their performance, they are very usable cars. They easily keep up with the cars of today and have reasonable braking distances and safety features, such as a collapsible steering column and seat-belts. You need to drive them a little more carefully than modern cars and keep a bit more distance due to lesser braking distances but with their 150 HP acceleration means that you can easily keep up with modern city and highway traffic.
Some updates include:
Chrome Strip under rear license plate omitted
Number plate moved from front firewall to front door jamb
Firewall insulation pad material changed from course to smooth
Mirror in passenger sun visor omitted
Hardtop front locking handles made separate
Solid door pockets changed to elastic
Interior material changed from wool boucle to synthetic tufted material
Heater and air vent levers made rubber instead of plastic
Legend plates added around light switch and heater controls
Emergency four-way flasher made standard
Floor covering changed from rubber mats to synthetic carpet
Headrests added to seats
Oil/Coolant-type cooler replaced by oil/air type cooler
Angle of oil filter housing changed
Covers for sub-frame mounts changed
Injection pump oil filter cap omitted
Separate intake air heating coil omitted, made integral with throttle housing
Rubber sleeve added to crankcase vent line
Diaphram-type clutch adopted
Wheel-covers made one piece, form changed after chassis number 000045
Steering relay lever changed, housing made self-lubricating
Technical Specifications of the 280SL
Engine Type: 6 cyl overhead camshaft(M 130)
Bore and stroke: 86.5 x 78.8mm (3.41 x 3.10in)
Displacement: 2778 cc (169.5 cu in)
Power output: 170 hp (DIN) @ 5700 rpm, 125kW (180 hp SAE hp @ 5700 rpm) or 180 hp (DIN) @ 5900 rpm (non-U.S.)
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Torque: 24.5 mkg @ 4250 rpm( 26.7 mkg SAE @ 4500 rpm 193 ft/LB)
Fuel injection: Bosch six plunger pump
Engine speed at 100km/hr: 3500 rpm
Automatic:same as 250SL
Gear ratios: I 4.05:1 II 2.23:1 III 1.42:1 IV 1.00:1
Rear axle ratio: 4.08 upon request: 3.92, 3.69
Chassis: unit frame and body
Suspension: independent front and rear, with coil springs, single joint swing axle
Brakes and area disc, servo assist, two circuit hydraulic, 273/279mm(10.75/10.99 in)
Wheelbase: 2400mm (94.4 in)
Track front/rear: 1486/1487mm (58.5/58.5 in)
Length: 4285mm (168.8 in)
Width: 1760mm (69.2 in)
Height: 1305mm (51.4 in)
Ground clearance: 139mm (5.5 in)
Tires: 185 H 14 radial
Turning circle: 10.5 meters (34 ft)
Steering type: recirculating ball, servo assisted 17.2:1 (3.2 turns)
Weight: roadster: 1340 kg (2948 lbs) ----------------------------------- coupe: 1420 kg (3124 lbs.)
Maximum speed: manual: 195 km/hr (121 mph) ---------------- automatic: 190 km/hr (118 mph)
Acceleration: manual: 10 sec 0-100 km/hr ------------------ automatic: 11 sec 0-100 km/hr
Fuel consumption: 14 liters, super/100km (16.75 mpg)
Fuel tank capacity: 82 liters (21.7 gallons)
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