Classic Cars / Mercedes-Benz / Car for sale

1970 Mercedes Benz 280SL Roadster. 4-speed, Original Car, 4 owners, Great Car!

Sale price: $35,786.00 make an offer

Price trends for this listing:
16.08.2013: $57,728.00

Car location: Cornelius, North Carolina, United States

Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

Got questions?
Ask here!

1970 Mercedes Benz 280SL Roadster. 4-speed, Original Car, 4 owners, Great Car! for sale

Current customer rating: current rating for this car(2) based on 259 votes
Email: marc@motorcartrader. com Phone: 980. 216. 8550

1970 Mercedes Benz  280SL Roadster  4-speed Please  Read All  

We at MotorCarTrader. com  are proud to offer another great sports car and  this very special and one of a kind  Mercedes 280SL Roadster.  A bit of history about the Mercedes 280SL  “Pagoda:”

With the presentation of the 230SL at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963. Daimler-Benz launched a new sports car to replace the two outgoing roadsters: the legendary 300SL and the popular 190SL. While stylistically similar. their respective design concepts were vastly different. so it proved to be quite a challenge to create a new common denominator. The new SL was a synthesis of the two previous models which set new standards in driving dynamics and safety. The new SL. known internally as series W113 was the first sports car ever with a rigid passenger safety cell along with front and rear crumple zones. The body design was characterized by its removable. concave shaped hardtop. which also gave it the nickname “Pagoda”

This great Mercedes as we understand had 4 meticulous owners throughout its life. The original owner we were told was an Italian movie studio and supposedly the car was used by a famous Italian actress while she was filming a movie. This was an original Italian delivery car as it has the original European headlamps. but also has the Italian side markers on the body. The car was then sold to Alabama and bought for the new owner's wife. It was then sold to a gentleman who lives in the state of Georgia. The next owner purchased the car from his brother in law who lived in South Carolina He owned the car for the past 15 years. We purchased the car not long ago from the most recent owner in South Carolina and have been enjoying the car since.  The car has been meticulously maintained since new. This  is truly a rare find to be as well kept both cosmetically (original in some areas) and also top mechanical condition as well. This beautiful Pagoda still wears almost all of its original Red (DB568) Paint.  This is the original color combination with matching numbers as per Mercedes Benz Data Card. The original paint does show patina as it is 43 years old with some fading and some cracking. The interior is the original color of Black (DB131) MB-Tex Interior was completely redone by the Mercedes Benz specialists at Buds Benz. They also did a new Canvas soft top for the car as well.  This is the original color combination and has  Mercedes Benz Data Card to confirm numbers and color combination.

This Mercedes 280SL presented here is a rare 4 speed car.   It runs. stops and drives perfect.  It is truly one of the best Mercedes 280SLs to drive you will find anywhere.   Just recently. the bushings were all replaced in the shifter. so the car is silky smooth to shift. All bushings in the suspension were replaced. A new cap. rotor. plugs and ignition wires were replaced. The car has excellent oil pressure and the compression on the engine is 180psi to 200psi across all 6 cylinders. The temperature stays cool on very hot days. I have driven this special Mercedes over 1. 00 miles in the past  months and have enjoyed every mile!  The brakes stop immediately and straight with no pulling in either direction.   There are several Mercedes 280SLs which wander all over the road or feel loose.   In addition. they may feel mushy or sloppy to drive.   This is certainly not one of them as it is tight at any speed and is sure footed around any turn as it handles exceptional. The car is an absolute joy to drive anywhere.   The original Becker radio was replaced at some point and a newer CD player was installed. We do have the original  Becker Europa radio which goes to the car.

To elaborate on the condition of this car. as the way would evaluate the car.

Body/Paint: The body on this car is very straight and a rare original. As said above. most of the paint of this car is original. It is probably one of the nicest original 280SL bodies to be found. The car does not have new paint and does not shine like new paint as it is over 43 years old. It shows original patina in the form of  cracking and fading in some areas.   It looks like at some point in time there was some work or blend work on rear passenger side corner. but a majority of the paint looks original.  The wheel wells and wheel lips are not undercoated like most of them are and that also shows its original red paint. The original body notches are near the headlamps and are in the pictures below. You can actually see what this car is. where on most restored cars you may not completely know what is underneath. In addition some are disguised by nice paint and all "blinged up" to look good for resale.  The next owner may choose paint it in the future or just drive it the way it is for a while.

Chrome:  The overall chrome is in excellent original condition. It is not peeling and still shines nicely. It shows some wear from being older. but still is in very nice original condition.

Interior/Top/Inside of trunk:  The interior was redone by the Mercedes Specialists at Buds  Benz in the original Black (DB131) MB-Tex. It is in excellent condition. The radio as mentioned above is not original. but we do have the original Becker radio which goes with the car. The top was replaced by Bud's as well. The exterior of the hardtop shows patina and cracking as it is original. The headliner of the top and wood are in excellent condition and very clean. The wood on the dash is all original and not warped or split. All gauges and switches work as they should.  

Engine Compartment:  Under the hood is original shiny paint. The hood has the body number stamped on upper portion.   The engine bay has been cleaned. but not overly detailed as it is original.   The original insulation is still on the firewall and in great condition.

Underside: The underside of this 280SL is all solid. It has the original floors and there is no rust underneath this car. We did not overly detail the underneath. as to show its original condition with some dirt and discoloration but solid. Please do not confuse the discoloration or dirt with rust. Unlike other Mercedes 280SLs. it does not have extensive undercoating  to completely cover the underneath of the car. so you cannot tell the actual condition of the underside.   The undercoating looks mostly original and it is easily visible to see how solid the underneath of this car is. It might be a little dirty. but still as solid a Mercedes 280SL as you will find.

Overall: This is a very special Mercedes 280SL and truly one of our favorites we have ever offered for sale.   It is not a show car but more of an original type of car with original paint. which can be driven anywhere and the new owner will enjoy every single mile. This great Pagoda is ready to be enjoyed. Mercedes 280SLs have proven to be great investments and have appreciated nicely over the past few years. There are several offered for sale and good ones are hard to find. These cars are not going down in value and will continue to appreciate as other Mercedes Roadster prices continue to skyrocket. These were one of the most enjoyable to drive with the 4 speed out of all them.   This is truly a special find and is sure to please the next owner!

The Hagerty Valuation Tool has the 1970 Mercedes 280SL Roadster with a 4-speed and hardtop at the following valuations:  

Condition #1-$112. 00 Condition #2-$74. 00 Condition #3-$52. 00 Condition #4-$38. 00 Average Value: $54. 52

Note Hagerty valuation: Add $4. 00 for hardtop and Add 10% for 4-speed

The most recent Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide (2013 Summer-Fall Edition) has the Mercedes 280SL Roadster priced at:

Low: $65. 00 High: $125. 00

Note: Add $1. 00 for 4-speed.


This automobile is available for inspection in Cornelius. NC and by appointment only. All cars sold “AS IS” with no warranty stated or implied with all faults and imperfections.   No allowance will be given for any of the cars imperfections.  Please read all terms as listed below. so you as a potential buyer understand the sale terms.   International Buyers Welcome. Reasonable offers considered and low offers immediately declined. If you have any questions please email us at:

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ME or at marc@motorcartrader. com or contact me at 980. 216. 8550

About MotorCarTrader:

At MotorCarTrader our sole focus is to buy and sell quality Classic Cars. We are not a restoration shop or service facility. Our cars offered for sale have great ownership history and/or have been restored well.  What separates MotorCarTrader. com is that we have a passion for these Classic Sports Cars and have a passion for collecting them as well. We are careful about what we buy and sell. Thanks for looking at our great cars for sale and if you have any questions please let us know! ATTENTION: Notice to All Interested Parties: Terms of Sale


If a mutually agreeable price has been established the buyer is responsible for shipping costs. and all applicable taxes. A 10% deposit is due immediately and full payment must be received within 7 days after the auction has closed. All inspections must be done before or during this time. Please only serious interest on this vehicle. If you have any specific questions please ask them BEFORE you participate in the auction. This car is available for sale locally as well. so we reserve the right to cancel the auction if the car is sold. Motorcartrader. com. LLC is the owner of this car and it does have clear title. Cars are available for viewing and inspection. by appointment to serious parties. It is the buyer's responsibility to do all research. inspections and decision-making regarding these vehicles to verify condition and authenticity. In addition to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely.  In other words please make sure you are comfortable with the car. its condition and sure the car is right for you before participating in the auction. This vehicle is sold “AS IS” with no warranty stated or implied or written. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness. imperfections. defects or damage. All sales are FINAL. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle. We are NOT Restorers of these cars and do not have a Service shop for these cars. PLEASE UNDERSTAND: There are very few classic cars in this world that are truly. truly perfect. There are however cars that are perfect for individuals as this is subjective. Please make sure this car is right for you. Because of the years of most of these cars and their age. we cannot verify that the mileage is original from new unless otherwise stated. We reserve the right to cancel any bids on any user with negative feedback or 0 feedback. If you are bidding and have negative or 0 feedback or completely new to ebay. please inform us of your offer to confirm that your intentions are to buy this vehicle. When you have placed an offer this means that you fully understand ALL of these terms and are willing to abide by ALL of them. Thank you and good luck bidding on this great automobile! The Pictures are Listed Below. They will load shortly and you can scroll down to view an extensive display of pictures

Or You Can Click Here For Pictures of this Fine Automobile


Also published at

Want to buy this car?

Comments and questions to the seller:

Name E-mail
Antispam code: (enter the number)

Other classic Mercedes-Benz cars offered via internet auctions:

Latest arrivals: