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The Mercedes Benz 280 SL, known as the Sports Roadster, was produced from 1967 to 1971 in the W113 platform. These Mercedes came with a 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine and, those built for the United States, were equipped with automatic transmission. They also came with rear-wheel drive and an independent rear suspension to improve handling. The 280 SL’s remained mostly unchanged during the 67-71 production years. They were sold as a “Pagoda Roof “ in the SL Class. This particular 280 SL is part of the “Coupe/Roadster” configuration, which has a removable hard top and a soft top. SL’s are comparatively heavy compared to other similar roadsters; however, the use of aluminum panels for the trunk lid, front hood, tonnear cover, and door skins reduce weight considerably. The Pagoda 280 SL is considered a highly desirable collector car and values suggest it as the most wanted compared to the 250 SL and 230 SL. In 1972 the substantially heavier 350 SL and 450 SL replaced the 280 SL.
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