1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Engine No. 13098312012474
Amelia Island 2020 - Bonhams
Friday, 6 March - Saturday, 7 March 2020
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Older Restoration
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Chassis No. 11304412019017, Engine No. 13098312012474. Gray beige over chocolate interior. 2788-cc, 180-hp L-6. Automatic. Wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, hardtop, Becker Mexico radio, and air conditioning

Evaluation: Older restoration | Unknown early history, but restored in the late 2000s. Dull bumper chrome. Older paint looks good other than some chipping behind the headlights. Interior is very good, aside from a crack in the middle of the steering wheel. The trunk lid sticks up at the back. A lightly driven older restoration that isn’t perfect but looks fantastic from a short distance.

Bottom Line: Starting in 2013, there was a massive run-up in Pagoda SL prices. It brought a lot of cars to market, including this one, which sold for $99,000 at Quail Lodge in 2015. It then sold for a more modest $71,500 at Bonhams ­Greenwich two years later. Prices have settled down to more realistic levels for these cars, but they are still high, as shown by this rational result.

by Hagerty Editor
1 February 2020
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  • Greg says:

    These have seen a surge in price over the past year. Those that need work are also fetching big numbers also.
    But remember the classic expression, their is nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes.

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