An authentic example which will be a welcome addition to your stable

Mercedes 280SL 1971 - SOLD

Low mile fully fettled car with cosmetic restoration by Motoring Investments
  • 1971 Mercedes W113 280SL in signal red
  • 1971 Mercedes W113 280SL in signal red
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This lovely example came from the long-time collection of a U.C. Berkeley Ph.D. committee board member when we obtained it in 2005 for a client who became its second long-term owner. A second client had been searching independently for a high-quality 280SL for over two years when he realized the effort involved. In an inspired moment, he concluded the most efficient way to have the car he desired in his specification, was to buy the right car condition-wise and build his dream car around it. In 2016 we purchased this car on his behalf from our first client. This low mileage, highly authentic Pagoda then benefited from a Motoring Investments cosmetic restoration (over $85,000) after which she was garage kept in Del Mar, CA and driven on nice days for only 1900 miles. Estate planning recently brought her back to us. With just 69,000 actual miles on a car with examples known for going well over 200,000 this is a world-class W113 Pagoda in every sense of the word.

New items include:

  • Paint
  • Soft top
  • Chrome
  • Engine bay cosmetics
  • Leather
  • Carpet
  • Tires
  • And more … (please scroll down for photos)


Mercedes W113 undercarriage, original

All-original floors, still with factory undercoating!

Mercedes W113 undercarriage, original


This one got away! Drop us a line and let us know what you are looking for!

Year: 1971
Make: Mercedes
Model: 280SL
Body Style: Convertible
Mileage: 69198
Transmission: 4-spd Automatic
Condition: Fully Restored, #1
Location: San Diego
Engine: SOHC In-Line 6
Exterior Color: Signal Red
Stock Number: 1010
VIN Number: 11304412020834


  • Brian Peters| April 30, 2023 at 10:05 am

    Hi Stephen,
    I have several cars meeting your requirements incoming. Please email me so we can discuss. You’ll find the email address on the ‘contact’ page, (the link is at the top of the home page).

  • Stephen Carta| April 29, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    I’m looking for a 250SL restored, rust free, documented car. Prefer the colors red, blue, silver and green. Not looking for a showroom car but a drivable car. Look forward to hearing from you.

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