This is a very interesting car, ostensibly a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SL, finished in the perfect Nautical Blue with Cream Cloth Interior. What is interesting is that it was bought by Mrs Naylor in Hull as a present for herself in May 1988 when the car was 3 years old and with 16k Miles on the clock, and has been owned and cherished by her up until last month, when we bought it from her, with the clock having just ticked over 60K Miles from new. She is now well into her Eighties and has trouble getting in and out resulting in minimal use in the last few 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, Rear Seats, Orthopaedic Front Seats, Cruise Control, Blue Soft Top and Nautical Blue Hard top. We have the original service book and owners manual. There are 11 stamps in the service book although there is no recent history due to minimal use and storage. The car has only had 3 previous owners in total, the last for 32 years. 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 has an MOT until June 2021 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 over £15,000 more so please be very quick at this price.