1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

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  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: SL-Class
  • SubModel: 280
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1971
  • Mileage: 79,000
  • VIN: 12019576
  • Color: red
  • Engine size: 2.8-liter inline 6
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: rwd
  • Interior color: tan
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: San Juan Capistrano, California, United States


1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL

No Reserve

Most Desirable Year

79,000 Miles on Odometer

Stop the Auction and Buy It Now for $114,000

Rarity can dictate values, and in collector-car circles, the 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL is a mighty elusive badge to find, especially one that had been in the former owner’s garage for more than 30 years like the one you see here, which has a fantastic undercarriage.

This exclusivity which drives the collector-car market is especially apparent with the ’71 model year. Here’s why:Only 830 Mercedes-Benz 280SL’s were built in ’71, which became the final year of production for the two-seat luxury convertible that was commonly known as the Pagoda for its unique-looking removable top design. By making way for the W107 series from Mercedes-Benz, the ’71 became an instant icon for all things good about this German automaker.

And while the ’71 280SL has stunning good-looks inside and out, most true Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts will tell you, it's the drivability of the 280SL that matters most, and this car has plenty of performance to go around.

The drivability of the ’71 W113.044 chassis is beyond approach, it simply mesmerizes the driver thanks to its responsive 2.8-liter inline-6 cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel-injection, single overhead camshaft and cast alloy rocker arm cover. The linear power curve coming from its 2778cc engine serves up a smooth, yet thrilling ride and is off-set with assurance by four-wheel disc brakes.

This ’71 behaves as a two-seater of this vintage should, refined at speed and well-balanced with no white-knuckle oversteer or understeer tendencies found in other roadsters. Perhaps this sense of balance comes from the lower center-of-gravity ride, or its excellent independent front and rear suspension system. The fact that Mercedes-Benz outfitted this ’71 280SL with aluminum and sheetmetal body panels certain attributes to its craftsmanship as a pure driver’s car.

Let’s look at some of the details of the car with VIN 12019576.

  • 79,000 miles showing on factory odometer.
  • Documented restoration.
  • Four-speed factory automatic transmission.
  • Factory red paint finish with Cognac interior.
  • Becker “Europa” radio
  • Two different tops.
  • Factory original tool roll.
  • Factory original jack tool.
  • Spare wheel and tire.
  • Factory original owner’s manual.
  • New ignition rotor.
  • New ignition points.
  • New ignition wire set.
  • New Bosch plugs.
  • New Mahle oil filter.
  • Book of maintenance and repair records.

This ’71 280SL comes with some detailed records of the work that’s been done to it through the years. In the early 1990s, the car was lovingly cared for at The Painter’s Edge in Ontario, where the it originated from. While there, it was completly stripped and painted and brought to investment-grade condition. Prior to that some of Ontario’s finest classic-car facilities have contributed to the current look and overall performance of the vehicle, as noted in documents that come with the vehicle.

When you consider that a 280SL of this era is often viewed as a decendent of sorts of the most notable of all SL lines, the 300SL Gullwing Coupe, which is nearly unattainable today with values reaching six figures, that puts into perspective why the time to invest in a ’71 280SL is today.

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The car is for sale locally and we reserve the right to cancel this auction at any time before the end of the auction. We do not have a Buy It Now Price listed. The car will be made available for inspection by serious bidders throughout the auction. Please email us if you would like to see the car in person. If you prefer, we can arrange to have a qualified, independent, professional mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection for you (at your expense).

It is the buyer’s responsibility to verify that all of the seller’s information and claims about the car are true and correct prior to the sale of the vehicle.

Winning bidder must contact us within 24 hours of auction end, and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $1,000.00 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is due within 24 hours of end of auction. The deposit can be made by cash (please do not mail cash!), bank check, cashier's check, PayPal or bank transfer (preferred).

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This vehicle is being sold as is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith.

No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to purchase based upon that judgment solely.

The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.The winning bidder should have the car insured from the time the final payment is made to us. Once final payment is made, we will exercise a generally accepted standard of care, but the buyer assumes all liability and risk once the final payment is made. Before delivery of the vehicle, the winning bidder must provide a photocopy of a valid driver’s license, sign the Buyer’s Guide and in CA; sign an Agreement to furnish Insurance.

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