1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible Here in Our Showroom
Check out a piece of history up close, right here at Mercedes-Benz of Massapequa. This beautiful vintage 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible is not only rare, but shows the timeless beauty and classic design that helped make Mercedes-Benz luxury sports cars so desirable. As one of the premier roadsters of its time, the 280SL is an undeniable example of classic German styling that still holds up today.
When seen side-by-side with a 2017 SL-Class Convertible as we have them here in our showroom, you can really appreciate just how far automotive design has come. And yet the simple beauty and elegance of the 280SL is a part of the DNA of the SL-Class Roadster of today. On the surface there wouldn’t seem to be much similarity between these two stunning sports cars. However, look a little deeper and you can see the clean and elegant silhouette of the 280SL embedded in this modern incarnation.
The Story of the Classic Mercedes-Benz 280SL
The 280SL was produced for only four years, between 1968 and 1971. Prior to the introduction of the 280SL, an earlier 230SL and 250SL were made starting in 1963 and 1966 respectively. The early cars were considered just as beautiful, but were under-powered. With the introduction of the 280SL and its 2.8-liter inline six cylinder, the performance finally matched the cars great looks. Although it only put out 170-horsepower, the engine was well-designed for the car’s weight and suspension. It also came with a choice of 4-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, or a 5-speed automatic—of which fewer than 900 were made.
The 280SL also came with a few subtle styling and body updates, including a slightly concave removable hardtop. It was this feature that gave the 280SL its nickname, “Pagoda” in reference to the curved roof of a Japanese pagoda.
The 280SL Today
The Mercedes-Benz 280SL makes many lists of the 20th century’s most beautiful and desirable cars. Only around 13,000 of them were sold here in the U.S., and relatively few remain in pristine condition today. When new, a Mercedes-Benz 280SL fresh off the showroom floor could be had for between $6,500 and $8,000. Today, many of these highly collectable roadsters sell for in excess of $100,000.
To see this beautiful example of classic Mercedes-Benz styling, alongside some of the most advanced luxury sports cars of today, stop by our showroom here at 101 E. Sunrise Highway in Amityville. We’ll show you just how far Mercedes-Benz technology has come; and you can also check out a little piece of history.