Wed, 16th Oct 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 59

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

Sold for £69,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: NMA999H
Chassis No: 11304420005080

- Righthand drive example with Black paintwork with rich Red interior trim

- A four owner car which has been subject to an extensive restoration

- Original owners handbook, maintenance and service books, invoices and photographs

Further info:

Of all the now long line of Mercedes SL models, it is the W113 series cars that continue to capture the imagination. With or without the sensuously dished hardtop that graced them with their 'pagoda' nickname, the Paul Bracq designed Roadsters have an understated elegance that demands a second look. This combined with memorable build quality to create one of the great motorcars of the period, the last and most powerful version of which was the 170bhp 280SL launched in 1968.

This stunning-looking righthand drive example sports lustrous Black paintwork complemented by rich Red interior trim. It is a four owner car that was first registered in Cheshire to Joan Butler of Cheadle Hume (1969-1982) and has been owned by the late vendor since 2014. The secret of its apparent condition was the eight year restoration. After stripping, the Mercedes' shell was shot blasted and new inner and outer front and rear wings and boot floor added. Fresh door cards and carpets were fitted to the interior, and the seats and facia reupholstered. A number of carefully-picked specialists were involved in the work, including: Jonathan Wardle Ltd (general restoration), AWJ Automotive (paintwork) and Jacksons Mercedes Benz (parts supply). 'NMA 99H' also now benefits from: a stainless steel hood frame and exhaust system; new clutch, dampers, suspension bushes, fuel lines and tyres; an overhauling of the brake system and fuel pump; restoration of the factory-supplied hardtop plus a collection of unfitted brand new trim parts.

Unsurprisingly, the vendor now considers the bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, six-cylinder engine and four-speed manual gearbox to all be in 'very good' condition and the Benz is offered complete with original owners handbook, maintenance and service books, invoices and photographs pertaining to the restoration, Heritage Certificate and service cards.

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