1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda W113

1970 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 280 SL for sale in Costa Mesa, California, United States

Condition: Used
Item location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: SL-Class
Type: Convertible
Trim: 280 SL
Year: 1970
Mileage: 1,493
VIN: 12814815
Color: white
Engine size: 2.8L Inline-6
Number of cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: black
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description for Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 1970

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1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
Odometer: 1,493 miles VIN: 12814815 Engine: 2,778 CC Inline-6 Cylinder Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic

Mercedes-Benz W113 History:

The Mercedes-Benz W113 is a two-seat roadster/coupe, introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, and produced from 1963 through 1971. It replaced both the legendary 300 SL (W 198) and the 190 SL (W121 BII). Of the 48,912 W 113 SLs produced, 19,440 were sold in the USA.

The W113 SL was developed under the auspices of Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. The lead designers were Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi, who created its distinctive, patented, slightly concave hardtop, which inspired the "Pagoda" nickname.

All models were equipped with an inline-6 cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The bonnet, trunk lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminum to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tires gave the W113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch "fishbowl" headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the then already legendary 300 SL roadster.

The 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and continued in production through 23 February 1971. Over the years, the W 113 evolved from a sports car into a comfortable grand tourer, and US models were by then usually equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission and air conditioning. The 280 SL came equipped with a 2,778 cc (2.8 L) M130 engine with 170 horsepower and 180 lb·ft torque, which finally gave the W113 adequate power. The performance improvement was achieved by increasing bore by 4.5 mm (0.2 in), which stretched the limits of the M180 block, and required pairwise cylinder casts without cooling water passages. This mandated an oil-cooler, which was fitted vertically next to the radiator. Each engine was now bench-tested for two hours prior to being fitted, so their power specification was guaranteed at last.

The Example Being Offered:

This beautiful Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was sold new by Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz in Seattle, Washington on May 11, 1970. The original exterior color is Light Ivory (670 H) with a Black (040 G) hardtop, soft top and hubcaps. The interior is black with the following options: Auto Transmission with Floor Shift and Power Steering (Code 426), US Version equipment (Code 491), Outside Rear View Mirror (Left, 503), Becker Radio US Version (515). Stamps in the warranty book and receipts on hand show regular maintenance by the original seller dealer through 1992. Upon careful inspection of the records, it can be confirmed that this 280 SL was never a daily driver and certainly never saw snow or road salt. Records indicate the mileage from 1970 to 1980 was 46,500 miles and the mileage from 1980 to 1990 was 92,900 miles. From 1992 to 2012, the original owner did not drive car and left it in the garage for 20 years.

The second owner bought the car in 2012 and it was immediately sent out for major mechanical servicing. All fluids, gaskets, and belts were changed, the brake system and calipers were rebuilt, the suspension rebuilt and the complete fuel system refreshed. Compression testing was done at this time as well and the documented numbers show between 160 and 165 across all six cylinders and leak down ranged from a low of 8% to a high of 11%. The exterior was repainted the original color Light Ivory (670 H). The interior was completely reupholstered in leather for the seats and vinyl through the rest of the cabin. New carpets and soft top were installed; the wood trim was sanded down and re-stained. The hubcaps were taken down to bare brass, re-chromed and then correctly painted to match the hardtop. The rest of the chrome was refinished as needed and installed back on the car. The engine has never been removed from the engine bay so it is the original engine. Current odometer reading shows 1,493 miles, which is the accumulated mileage since the restoration.

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