Occasionally a car comes along that speaks clearly of generations of careful, sympathetic, thoughtful ownership and care. This is one of those rare cars. A 1968 280SL equipped with automatic transmission, Kuhlmeister air conditioning, Becker Mexico AM-FM-SW radio, both tops and leather upholstery, it was sold new by Tafel Motors in Louisville, Kentucky and spent most of its life in the dry, salubrious Arizona environment. It has never been restored, never rusted or repaired. The front fenders still have the intact ridges that blend with the headlight surrounds that are frequently lost in restorative bodywork. Finished in white with red leather upholstery, an older but sound black cloth top and white hardtop, it has its original tool kit in the correct original pouch and a full collection of books, documents, warranty plate, seat belt flyer, radio manual, selling dealer's handouts and warranty paperwork. The trunk is crisp and nearly like new. Best of all, it runs and drives perfectly. The original red leather is sound, supple and invitingly preserved. The odometer shows just over 98,500 miles and that mileage is reflected in the car's wonderful condition. One older repaint, expected on a car of this age and sympathetic concern for its appearance, is the only thing that separates it from being completely original. "Honest" is the best way to describe it, a Mercedes-Benz of quality and distinction.
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