1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
Courtesy of Bonhams

This 280SL was delivered new with the rare and desirable optional 5-speed ZF gearbox and fitted with the even rarer option of a limited-slip differential (Mercedes-Benz Datenkarte on file). It was sold new to Mr. Herman Kaiser in Duisburg, Germany on September 3, 1968, receiving the registration number DUAZ10. Then on January 21, 1972, the car passed to Erna Kaffenberger, a resident of Trier, Germany. The car was reregistered as TREK65.

In July 1983, Mrs. Kaffenberger moved to Saarbrücken and the car received the registration number SBS10. Later, Mrs Kaffenberger transferred the car’s ownership to her son, Peter Kaffenberger, the registration number remaining SBS10. Documentation from TÜV Saarland (dated May 17, 2003) confirms Peter Kaffenberger’s ownership and the odometer reading of 112,432 kilometers.

In 2015/2016, Mr. Frank Bayer of Hanstedt, Germany, bought the 280SL, and during his ownership the car was mechanically overhauled (see invoice on file for almost €5,000). In addition, the car received a complete respray in its original white livery. Trimmed in contrasting blue leather, the interior remains beautifully original and is said to be in excellent condition.

Pierre Hedary

Pierre Hedary - SCM Auction Analyst

Pierre is a Mercedes-Benz über-enthusiast. When Pierre is not turning wrenches on vintage Mercedes-Benz cars at his eponymous repair shop, he enjoys driving his own Mercedes classics. These include (but are not limited to) a 1972 280SE 4.5, a 1970 280SL and a 1985 300CD. Pierre also serves as a technical adviser to the Mercedes-Benz club of America.

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