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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SLR 3.5

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Year: 1969
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 280SL
Mileage: 70,000 on odometer, 6,000 on restoration

Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Engine: 5.6L V8
Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel Drive

Body Style: Convertible
Exterior: DB172 Anthracite Grey Metallic
Interior: Cognac


The SLR version of the 280SL has the much cleaner European look with no side markers, bumperettes, or antenna. It also has an extremely rare 3.5 coupe 4-speed manual transmission, manual steering, European halogen headlights, 15 x 7 alloy wheels, and radio delete dash plate. With its 10:1 compression ratio, ported and polished heads, extrusion honed manifolds, and 6.3 exhaust this is an exciting car to drive even by today’s standards. In 1969 it would have been in a class all by itself. What a shame Mercedes decided not to produce in at least a limited edition of this car!

  • No power steering
  • 3.5 coupe 11-inch vented 4-wheel power disc brakes
  • No radio
  • No bumperettes, side marker lights, antenna, etc.
  • 10:1 compression ratio, ported & polished heads, extrusion honed manifolds, 6.3 diameter stainless steel exhaust system
  • European halogen headlights
  • Larger factory Mercedes front sway bar
  • 15 x 7 inch light alloy wheels
  • Weighs just 2,950 lbs – 750 lbs lighter than the 111 3.5 coupe donor car