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History of the 1970 Mercedes 280sl
Introduced in 1967, the Mercedes 280 SL replaced the earlier 230 and 250 SL models in the W113 model series and enjoyed a four year production run until 1971, albeit with just 23,885 models made.
Mercedes adopted the chassis and running gear from the earlier W111/112 saloon series, but apart from that built a luxury sports tourer from the ground up, adding an up-rated 170bhp, 2.8 litre in line straight-six ‘beast’ that delivered 193 lbs of torque!
They also changed the gearbox to a 5 speed ZF manual gearbox as standard but dropped it again in 1969 to ‘option only’, an option which very few took up at $500. An auto box was mainly fitted on the US models, which represented a small share of the 280 SL sales.
Aluminium doors, boot and bonnet meant the bodyshell was very light. Incidentally ‘SL’ stands for “Sehr Leicht” which literally translates as ‘very light’, but because the engine block weighed in at more than 3000 pounds the cars were sold as ‘Sports Leicht’ instead.
The most striking aspect of the Mercedes 280 SL though has to be the styling. With a low slung, wide chassis, sleek, sculpted contours and that gloriously long bonnet covering the lively straight-six, the car is simply beautiful.
Inside it had wood trim, three point seat belts, leather seats, soft map pockets on each door, and a clock. Air-con was fitted by the dealer if specified and the 280 SL came with an oil cooler, replacing the old oil/water heat exchanger that was used in the 230 and 250 SL.
The Mercedes 280 SL was, sadly, the last of its breed; they stopped production of this well loved classic in 1971. However, the cars that remain are still turning heads and stirring souls.