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1976 Mercedes 280SL

An early right hand drive production example of the enduring W107 series and without doubt one of the most original. Finished in the great colour combination of pale metallic green with cognac interior. Options include automatic transmission, factory hardtop, air conditioner and Becker stereo system with Hirschmann electric aerial. The car was in the hands of the same family from new until last year and has covered just 11,000 miles from new.

The Mercedes was initially ordered in 1975, the original owner chose the factory collection option and so went to Stuttgart the following year to receive it. It remained in Europe for about a year before its export to the owners home in Sydney, Australia. Unfortunately, the original owner passed away shortly after this, and ownership passed to his wife who retained it until last year. The car was only used on rare outings whilst being carefully looked after in a dry garage the rest of the time. This information is recorded in a signed letter on file from the family.

Many enthusiasts have tried to purchase the Mercedes over the years however it was only last year that a decision was made to sell to an English friend of the family. Consequently, the car was brought into the UK last year and has been registered and an MOT inspection completed. It has only been driven a few times since in fine dry weather only.

Superb build quality and limited use together with careful storage in a dry climate explains the excellent and extremely original order of the Mercedes today. The underside retains evidence of factory applied wax and factory stickers and markings remain under bonnet and other areas where one normally finds they have long since worn away. The interior hardly looks used and retains that original distinctive smell of a Mercedes from this era. The boot area is similarly untouched and contains the unused spare wheel and factory toolkit. The much abused ‘time warp’ term really can be applied here.

The car comes with the above mentioned letter, original owner’s manual, original Australian number plates, photographs of the car in Sydney, maintenance and insurance invoices from Australia and the import documentation and registration papers for the UK.