This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL is said to have spent time in Pennsylvania in the 1980s and 1990s before it relocated to Ontario, Canada, where it was acquired by its current owner in 2013. The car has been refinished in red over black upholstery, and it is powered by a fuel-injected 2.8L inline-six paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Equipment includes a black soft top, 14″ steel wheels with covers, European-specification headlights, a Nardi steering wheel, and Becker Europa II stereo. Work on the car is said to have consisted of overhauling the cylinder head and fuel-injection system, replacing the footwells and trunk floor to repair rust, refinishing the removable hardtop, and replacing the interior upholstery and suspension components. This W113 is now offered in California by the seller on behalf of its owner with the removed factory headlights, records dating back to the 1990s, various literature, and a Washington title.
The car was delivered new in red (576) and was repainted during prior ownership. European-specification headlights have been installed, and the removed US-market headlights are included in the sale. The seller recently performed paintless dent removal work around the car, and the left-rear tail light wiring was repaired. The paintwork and exterior trim are shown up close in the photo gallery below.
14″ wheels wear chrome-finished covers with body-color accents and are mounted with Michelin Defender tires. The seller states that the shocks and tie-rod ends have been replaced.
The car is equipped with a black soft top, and the rear torsion spring for the convertible top has been replaced. A removable Pagoda hardtop is also included in the sale and is shown mounted in the gallery below, and it was refinished in black in preparation for the sale and had its weatherstripping replaced.
Replacement black leather upholstery covers the seating surfaces and matches the door panels as well as the dashboard pads. A Becker Europa II AM/FM stereo is mounted in the center of the dashboard adjacent to a VDO/Kienzle clock. Replacement peppered gray carpeting covers the floors, rear cargo shelf, and trunk, and the wood trim in the cabin has been refurbished. The seller also states that the footwells and trunk floor have been replaced due to rust.
The wood-rimmed steering wheel frames VDO instrumentation that includes a 140-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer, and vertical auxiliary gauges. The five-digit odometer shows just under 5k miles, an estimated 2k of which have been added by the current owner over the past eight years. True mileage is unknown.
The 2.8-liter M130 inline-six is equipped with Bosch fuel injection. The seller states that the cylinder head and fuel-injection system have been overhauled, and the exhaust system components as well as the engine and transmission mounts have been replaced.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission. The seller notes corrosion on the underbody, which was treated with a coating in 2021 along with the wheel wells. Additional photos of which are presented in the gallery below.
A digital copy of the data card is shown in the gallery and indicates the factory color scheme, serial numbers, and equipment. A variety of records dating back to the 1990s are provided in the gallery. The Washington title indicates an exempt odometer status as well as an antique vehicle brand.