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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster


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Year: 1971
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 280SL
Mileage: 35,618

Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
Engine: 3.2L V6
Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel Drive

Body Style: Convertible
Exterior: DB904 Midnight Blue
Interior: DB139 Bamboo Leather

Stock Number: HM2

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster in original DB 904 midnight blue. 

This is a 45 year old classic design with a modern E320 drivetrain. 

35,618 miles are on this total ground up restoration done by a well known Mercedes-Benz specialist. Shortly after completion, the owner decided to have the drivetrain upgraded to a more exciting, better performing, and reliable E320 DOHC 24 valve engine and matching transmission, giving it the best of both worlds! This was accomplished by a well known Mercedes shop without any major cutting or changing of the original chassis or body, making a change back to its original mechanical configuration an easy project down the road as these cars continue to escalate in value. 

Included with the 280SL is the original numbers matching engine completely rebuilt by Metrics Motors in California. The engine comes with all its ancillary parts, either new or rebuilt. Parts include:

  • Fuel Injection Pump
  • Power Steering Pump 
  • Starter 
  • Alternator
  • Water Pump
  • A/C Compressor
  • Distributor, and more!

Beyond new parts, also included is a factory rebuilt transmission and torque converter. This is all show-detailed and installed on its own dolly for display and ease of movement. Although silent and smooth at idle, as the RPM’s rise the exhaust note becomes a rich but not obnoxious burble. After forty plus years of specializing in 113 SL’s, owning 146 of them, and working on hundreds more for our customers, we can truly say this SL is the most enjoyable and fun to drive of any we have driven! No sales pitch or pictures do it justice. You need to get behind the wheel to really appreciate it!