Mercedes-Benz 280SL R107

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Mercedes-Benz 280SL

1974 - 1981
Country:
Germany
Engine:
6 cyl. DOHC
Capacity:
2746cc
Power:
185hp
Transmission:
4/5 spd. auto
Top Speed:
205 km/h
Number Built:
25,436
Collectability:
3 star
Mercedes 280SL
Mercedes-Benz 280SL
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3

Introduction



The 280SL was released at the same time as the 280SLC, featuring the same silky smooth and highly efficient smaller capacity DOHC six cylinder engine.

The release to both the 280SL and SLC models can be seen as Mercedes response to growing consumer concerns over the fuel shortages that were occuring at that time.

The level of quality and appointments was not compromised, being identical to those of the 350SL and 450SL models, the only difference really being in the engine compartment.

And what a delightful motor it was, powerful, efficient and, being lighter than its V8 brothers, giving little by way of a performance defecit. Obviously the smaller motor made the 280SL lighter, indeed 85 kilos lighter than the 350SL!, and with the weight advantage came a better handling motor car - many believing the 6 cylinder variants were indeed sweeter and sportier.

We wont enter into the debate, the desirability of a R107 280SL today speaks for itself!

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