1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
Professional Frame-up Restoration by Bud's Benz in Douglasville, GA (410 Miles Logged)
2.8 Litre 6-Cylinder Engine @ 160HP
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Frigi-king Air Conditioning
Power 4-Wheel-Disc Brakes
14-Inch Color-Keyed Wheels / 195/75R14 Coker Classic Whitewall Radial Tires
Mercedes-Benz Pearl Green-Seafoam Green Exterior
Tan Leather Interior
Factory VDO Gauges - 140mph Speedometer / 7,000rpm Tachometer
Becker Eurona II AM/FM Pushbutton Stereo
Restored Auxillary Hardtop & Replaced Tan Soft Top
Chromed Bumpers / Front & Rear Bumper Guards
We would like to thank the Dallas Love Field Frontiers of Flight Museum for allowing us to take photographs at their historic museum. Be sure to visit our friends at the Museum if you find yourself in Dallas, Texas. Mercedes' W113 chassis coupe/roadster body made its debut at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. This nimble sports' luxury chassis was used through 1971, the final year.
This example was treated to a beautiful restoration. The original green finish was upgraded to vintage Mercedes Pearl Green (Seafoam Green). This unique color was offered on the legendary 190SL Convertibles. It was the perfect color choice to restore this car in. We have several photos from Bud's Benz of the car in the restoration process, as shown above. This Mercedes looks amazing in person and gets tons of compliments from Mercedes' enthusiasts that have visited our showroom in the few days its been on display here at Texas Classic Cars of Dallas. The car was disassembled with all paint and interior restoration completed in 2009 by Bud's Benz. It has been garage-kept since and is in excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically.
The 280SL model was introduced in 1967 and in production until 1971. These cars boast a host of improvements over earlier examples, the main one being a much improved powerplant in the 2.8 litre 6 cylinder engine, rated at 170 horsepower, while the U.S. version was more emissions friendly, rated at 160 horsepower. The engine runs very smooth and is paired with the factory automatic transmission, crisp shifting. This is a very fun & easy classic car to drive.
Many of these attractive Convertibles were sold in the coupe/roadster configuration, fitted with this quality-made removable hardtop. This hardtop was restored along with the car. The paint and body condition on this Mercedes-Benz are in excellent condition. The special Mercedes Pearl Green paint was chosen especially for this example. The closer you look, the better this car gets. The color-keyed wheels were restored in Pearl Green and fitted with new Coker Classic Whitewall Radial tires (195/75R14s x 4).
The chromed bumpers are U.S. spec with the bumper guards. The glass was removed during the restoration and new seals installed throughout. This is a beautiful Mercedes, very well restored by the experts at Buds Benz in Douglasville, Georgia. These guys really know what they are doing with classic Mercedes-Benz roadsters. We are impressed with this car. Open the doors to 1971. The interior is in beautiful condition, very well done and showing as original.
The upholstery is fully restored, as is the padded leather dash. The instrument of choice are the original VDO gauges, functional and in excellent condition. The radio is the original optional Becker Eurona II AM/FM pushbutton stereo. You have to appreciate this nostalgic period-correct Mercedes-Benz interior. The upholstery is in excellent condition throughout as is the carpeting and bright work.
The engine compartment is in excellent condition, you can see the level of time and expertise put into this car. The 2.8 liter 6-cylinder engine is factory rated at 170 horsepower. The gearbox is the 4-speed automatic. This car is a pleasure to drive down the road. The doors in excellent condition as are the door panels. The doors were removed during the restoration work. The original trim identification plate, vin plate and production plates are all intact.
Underneath the car is the original flooring throughout. This underbody is in excellent condition, always a dry climate car and is shows. The trunk is very clean and detailed, showcasing the original pan along with the rubber mat, spare tire & wheel, with lug wrench & jack.