1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible

This car was supplied new to the wife of well-known Tulsa-based actor and producer Milton Berry. She kept this quality, matching-numbers Mercedes-Benz 280SL until it was traded in to the original Tulsa, OK, Mercedes-Benz dealer in 1999. It stayed in his personal collection until 2010, when it was ultimately purchased by the present owner after years of asking. The odometer reads 75,420 miles, which is almost certainly actual, although it is stated as exempt on the clear Oklahoma title.

During the past 18 months, the car has been restored to the superb condition presented here. The excellent condition of the original sheet metal allowed a frame-on restoration, and the factory color scheme and appointments remain as the original build and are all in perfect working order. The cream steering wheel is matched to the leather seats and trim, the correct square weave carpet is in excellent condition and the dash sports the original Becker Europa radio with manual antenna.

The Haartz cloth soft top has perfect fit and finish, and the factory hard top with rare stand and cover has been lovingly restored to as new. The factory air has been updated and blows ice cold. It comes with its owner’s manuals, warranty books, tools, jack and spare wheel, all of which are correct and original to the car.

The 280SL outsold all its early siblings in its four-year production run because it ultimately offered quality construction, mated to performance and reliability that comes with a fully developed model. This lovely example represents the very best of the SL tradition that in many ways defines Mercedes-Benz.
All-alloy, 2,778-cc in-line, 6-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection rated at 170 horsepower at 5,750 rpm, automatic 4-speed transmission, independent front and rear coil springs and hydraulic dampers, rear swing axles, front anti-roll bar, all wheel hydraulic power-assisted brakes, 94.5-inch wheelbase.

Stephen Serio

Stephen Serio - SCM Contributor

Stephen is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. HIs vintage-Porsche-driving wife, Amanda, tolerates this all nicely.

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