1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
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Pedigree Motorcars is proud to offer this magnificent 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL. For details and information call or text Ken Baker at 561-866-1601.

1971 is the last year for the pagoda style SL. Being that it's the last year 1971 Models are the most highly sought after. This specific example is ultra rare with a four-speed manual gearbox and factory air-conditioning. Our research shows only 110 280 SL's were sold in the United States in 1971 with a four-speed manual.

This specific example was sold new at Globe Motorcar in Fairfield, New Jersey. We have the original window sticker showing that it is equipped with:

Dark red paint
Black MB-Tex interior
Dark red hardtop
Power steering
Bumper guards front and rear
Driver side rearview mirror
Becker radio
Limited slip differential
White wall tires
Four-speed manual transmission
Air conditioning
Original MSRP, $9154

Accompanying the original window sticker is a copy of the original data card and print out from Mercedes-Benz verifying how this car was originally built.

Showing 16,000, undocumented miles, prior to our purchasing this car it was last sold in 2012. The previous owner had purchased it after it had a major restoration. The restoration was done correctly to original specs and the notches were left in the headlight surrounds. Unfortunately we do not have a record of that restoration.

The previous owner kept fastidious notes. Accompanying the car is a notebook with hand written notes from every time he drove the car. Copies of the pages of those notes are in our photo gallery.

This 280SL is an outstanding condition. Like all of our cars, it received a major inspection and service to get it ready for sale. In preparation for sale we had performed:

Oil and filter change
Send Radio to Becker for repair
Send clock to VDO For repair
Replace water pump
Change coolant
Replace air conditioning evaporator, seals, evacuate and recharge system
Replace spark plugs
Replace and adjust convertible top cables
Replace power steering box and fluid
Replace battery
Replace fuel feeder hose
Front end alignment
Replace rear shock mounts
Replace center support bearing assembly
Replace hood release
Repair wiring to highbeam switch
Replace fuel sender/gasket
Replace brake light bulb
Replace windshield washer pump
Replace exhaust pipe bracket
Replace drivers door window regulator
Install original steering wheel

Over $9000 was spent getting the car ready for sale. The end result is a spectacular and reliable driving car. This car starts instantly, idle smoothly, accelerate without effort, and is an absolute joy to drive. In the driving videos you can hear the sound of the engine and the exhaust and it is exhilarating.

As it can be seen in the photos and videos no expense was spared in this car's restoration. The paint is absolutely spectacular.. The Chrome is beautiful and the attention to detail is throughout. There is no rust anywhere or any evidence of an accident history. This 280 SL is now turnkey and ready for its new owner to drive, show, and enjoy.

Included with the purchase of this car are:

Original owners case
Original owners manual and books
Two convertible top tools
Tool kit
Spare tire and cover
Original window sticker
Copy of the build sheet
Copy of the original data card
Three keys
Original hardtop
Hardtop stand
Copy of the work that we had performed.

At Pedigree Motorcars we show cars by appointment only. To arrange your private showing or inspection call or text Ken Baker at 561-866-1601.


Engine Type
Engine Size
2.8 I6


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Interior Color
Shifter Type
Center Console
Engine Size
2.8 I6
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Body Style
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