When Mercedes Benz engineers developed a successor to the popular 300SL Gullwing, a legend even to this day, the Mercedes 280SL was born. The new SL design, which would be called the W113 internally, was contemporary, bright, comfortable, and spacious for its time. First shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963 as the 230SL, the Pagoda as it was also called, would see several variations including the 230SL, the 250SL and the last being the 280SL. The 1970 Mercedes Benz 280SL would see 7,935 units throughout its production year. Available in both 2-door Roadster and 2-door Coupe options, the 1970 280SL was bigger, wide and heavier than its predecessor and was the perfect car for those buyers looking for driving comfort, road handling and construction. Buyers also had the option of various engines, including a V8 with either a 3.5 or 4.5-liter cylinder, or a six-cylinder engine with a capacity of 2.8 liter. Most models came with an automatic transmission with an engine that featured fuel injection, and the 1970 Mercedes 280SL could reach a top speed of 121mph.
The 1970 Mercedes Benz 280SL, as well as the 1969 model, saw several changes and updates from the first release in 1968. Modifications included the number plate moving from the firewall to the front door jamb, the firewall insulation pad material was updated from coarse to smooth, the hardtop front handles were made separate, and the mirror on the passenger sun visor was omitted. Elastic also became the new material on door pockets, and the floor coverings changed from rubber mats to synthetic carpet. While these changes are small, Buyer’s Tips such as these can help you determine what year and model you are looking at, as well as its originality. To learn more Buyer’s Tips, California classic car dealership The Beverly Hills Car Club looks forward to speaking with you.
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