Honest: ’69 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
A Mercedes-Benz SL is a thing of beauty. Okay, so when they started building SLs, production volume kept rising making them seem less rare and important than the predecessor. Here’s an example – who ever thought a 190SL would break $100,000? Well they don’t do it often but it does happen. Yes, a 300SL will crack $700,000 or $800,000 all day long. And that gets us to a W113 SL that began life in ’63 as a 230SL designed by Paul Bracq and Bela Barenyi. It was not long ago when you could buy one of these for little money. People have recognized the unique position the W113 has in the collector car world. It isn’t the fastest 2-seater and they made a bunch of them. They are so elegantly designed and executed. But they can go south on you pretty fast so you need to be extremely careful when you consider one. That brings us to this offering. It is from one of the best specialists in the country. So we are sure they pass on many cars before they find a car suitable for their inventory. We think they look for cars with good bones. If you have good bones, it is a platform to go in any direction. And that makes this an excellent candidate if you want a 280SL. It is not perfect – like a super model with a big space between her front teeth. Easily fixed, but who cares. The Dark Olive paint is hanging in there and the interior is said to be tired. But we are sure the rest of the car is special in many ways. At 45,000 miles and with perfect factory gaps, it is a car to consider. From the photos, it looks totally presentable and you can go in any direction when time and budget permit. If you want to snag one of these, get the best you can afford. And you do that by going to the people with the most experience. The asking price is $52,500. Learn more about this 280SL and the seller by clicking here.