This is yet another very interesting car, this is a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SL, finished in the perfectly period Thistle Green with Green Cloth Interior. Talk about "Make Green Great Again!" This is a nice Automatic example which has only covered 102k Miles from new, which is actually quite low for an early one of these. She has all her original Book Pack and a huge history going back many years!
In 1971 Mercedes-Benz launched a new range of convertible sports cars to replace the much loved Pagoda. Longer and wider than its predecessor the new W107 chassis featured front and rear crumple zones to meet the latest crash protection standards and was, inevitably, heavier. Like its forebears the newcomer was more sports-tourer than outright sports car and came equipped with all-independent suspension. At first fitted with 3.5 and 4.5 litre V8 engines Mercedes nimbly responded to the 1973 oil crisis by introducing a 2.8 litre model in October 1974. Its straight six twin-cam engine with Bosch electronic fuel injection produced 185 DIN horsepower at 5800 rpm, providing a very respectable top speed of 118 mph. When fitted with a manual five speed gearbox 0 – 60 mph was reached in around 9.5 seconds, with the car being restrained by four wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Badged as the 280SL the model offered a delightful combination of styling, comfort, economy, and relative ease of maintenance when compared to its more complicated V8 siblings, and some 25,500 units were produced until it was replaced in 1985.
Our car has some desirable options such as the Automatic Gearbox, Factory fitted Mexican Hat Alloy Wheels, Brown Soft Top and Thistle Green Hard top. We have the original service book and owners manual. She was sold new to the Isle of Wight and there are 10 stamps in the service book and many more invoices. The car is a little bit scruffy in the detail, there are a few areas of localised corrosion in the usual places but the mileage is absolutely correct and the general condition reflects this. She had a body restoration a few yeas ago and the paint on the bonnet has aged slightly differently than the wings resulting in a slight mismatch, which you can see in the photos. She has an MOT until November 2021, passed with No Advisories, and is ready for you to add value to a great car or simply use as it is. There are similar cars out there with the same mileage for much more so please be very quick at this price!