The Mercedes Benz 280 SL was produced from 1967-1971 with 23,885 cars being produced in that time. This particular car had the 2.8L Inline Six with 170 horsepower and 180 lb ft of torque mated up to an automatic gearbox.
Restoration included metal and lead work & complete body and basecoat/clearcoat paint in an original Mercedes Benz color of Tunis Beige with a Cognac leather interior. A large supply of new MB and NOS parts were used in the restoration. The engine & transmission were both rebuilt by our local MB mechanical guru using only the highest quality parts available. The exhaust is new from MB Classic. The interior was trimmed in-house using the highest quality materials including a new soft top. The car has it’s original owner’s manual showing it sold new in Beverly Hills. It was purchased by our customer’s father-in-law in CA in the early 1980’s, and has been in their family ever since.
This car had been sitting for over 15 years but was still owned by the same family. They parked the car because it had engine problems but now it was about to receive a full restoration and overhaul!
The original interior while it looked to be in good shape from a distance needed an overhaul because it sat for so long.
The engine is the reason this car was parked so a full overhaul of both the engine and transmission were on the schedule.
After the car was completely disassembled the car needed new body panels where rust and permanent defects had taken their toll. All the panels that needed attention were fixed or created and then put onto the car.
The motor refresh had just begun and already looked so much better than when it arrived here.
After all the necessary bodywork was completed the car was hit with a coat of primer and sanded again to prepare the body for its new paint.
The new color selected, Tunis Beige, was applied after all the new and extensive body work was completed.
The seats were completely disassembled so new leather, foam and other materials could replace them.
The new materials found their new home and will really help tie the new interior together when its reassembled.
New carpet was installed as the originals were just too far gone.
After the overhaul was complete, the engine and transmission were lifted back into the car and reconnected to the rest of the driveline.
A new convertible top was created to replace the old top that had seen better days.
Once everything had been put back on the car, it looked spectacular and the owner couldn't have been more pleased!