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This final-year 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible features a rare and highly desirable 4-speed manual transmission. It is a U.S. delivered car with two tops, factory air conditioning, and Becker radio. The exterior is magnificent dark blue with contrasting gray leather interior and grey soft-top. The exterior demonstrates all the hallmarks of an original “Pagoda,” from the fender notches near inner headlight bezels to the uninterrupted factory spot welds around the engine bay. The trunk floor is original with all the correct indentations and the rear body panel still has its original factory spot welds. The car doesn’t show any signs of an accident nor rust. The hood, trunk, and doors display excellent alignment and gaps. The hard top is complete with the rare factory chrome strips that would support specially-ordered ski racks.
Hutchinson Motors of Walnut Creek, CA sold the car new to Mary Lemmon, M.D. of San Francisco, CA. The second owner’s 1990 title document stated the mileage was actual at 57,950. The car has been in long-term storage with stated mileage to be 62,247. The consignor, who is a known Mercedes restorer and collector, has nicely detailed the engine bay and undercarriage. He also states that the 280SL exhibits strong power and a smooth shifting manual transmission, which makes the car handle like the true classic sports car that it is. In short, this is a great car for shows, rallies, and everyday driving, equipped with the rare and most desirable 4-speed manual transmission.