The SL series from Mercedes-Benz introduced in 1963 continued the designation of the 300SL and 190SL but was in fact an entirely new concept. It would prove to be more popular and longer-lived than Mercedes-Benz's wildest dreams, culminating in the 280SL in 1968. Powered by a 2,778cc single overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, the 280SL developed 180 brake horsepower and 193 lb-ft torque. The unit body/frame two seat coachwork was tight, solid and attractive and today, a generation after it was built, still communicates style and taste. This 1970 example may be the finest we have ever offered. It is finished in the unusual Mercedes-Benz shade of Radiant Ivory with matching hardtop and complementary Beige leather interior. It has been fastidiously restored to like new condition with German square weave carpets and M-B pattern leather upholstery. Fitted with Mercedes' smooth-shifting 4-speed automatic transmission and a Becker Europa radio, the restorer has done an outstanding job with the dash and gauges which have been redone including new knobs. The trunk and engine compartment are beautifully detailed. The chrome is great, complementing the paint and interior. This is an outstanding example of one of Mercedes-Benz's best and most long-lived models, a car that if anything looks better today than it did when new 38 years ago.
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