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Mercedes 280 SL 

Personal luxury convertibles came into their own with the advent of the 1968-1971 Mercedes 280 SL. 

The pagoda nickname was given to 280 SL models due to the atypical hardtop shape. Labeled the W113, 280 SL cars were introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. A new decade meant a new design for Mercedes and the 280 SL. 

While driving the 280 SL is the main attraction in owning this collectible, the car can also be viewed as a worthy investment. 

Here’s the reason: 

280 SL Technological Advances 

When the 280 SL debuted, it was a technological advancement over other vehicles of its time. Fuel-injection, overhead camshaft, a straight-six engine with 2778 cc that produced 170 horsepower were a few of the technological elements that made the 280 SL a special car. 

Disc brakes on all four of the 280 SL wheels were a rarity for the time as Mercedes wanted the car to stop as well as it accelerated. The majority of American-marketed SL cars contained smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission. Four and five-speed manual transmissions were also available. 

0-60 mph could be reached in 8.6 seconds. Air conditioning was offered as a desirable option for those living in sunnier climates. 

280 SL is a solid cruising car. Unibody construction on the 280 SL contained front and rear deformation zones, which was a first for sports cars of the time. 

Part of what makes the 280 SL a design masterpiece is the perfect balance between achieving a light, airy feel while still having a solid structure. Construction of the hardtop allows some protection in the event of a rollover scenario. 

It’s no surprise that 280 SL values have risen in recent years. While the 280 SL siblings have achieved a rise in popularity as well, what makes the 280 SL pop on the market is the advanced technology and enhanced performance. In today’s age, the 280 SL stands as a vehicle that’s gorgeous, usable, and has enough modern additions to make the car drivable. 

Driving dynamics present in the 280 SL are refined and comfortable. Classic bucket seats present in the 280 SL make placing one arm up while cruising an appealing invitation. A glance at the 280 SL reveals an exceptional build by itself. 

280 SL Demanded Control

First created as a sports coupe/convertible, increased demand within the US market morphed the car into a touring vehicle with sporty intentions. Automatic transmission and air conditioning are a couple of key elements that helped the 280 SL slide into the American market in style. 

While the automatic transmission version with cabin cooling dominated the US market, collectors nowadays fight for the ZF 5-speed manual transmission version to achieve a more coveted state. 

The 280 SL is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful convertibles of the late 1960s and early 1970s. SL models prove to be a continued hit with car collectors, both young and old. Compared to the Mercedes 300SL, the 280 SL is a more attainable option that doesn’t sacrifice looks or performance.

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Lev M
11:26 02 Feb 20
People have been telling me to go look at Dusty Cars and I'm glad I did. One day, I took the family round and met Doug, the place is great. We saw some really nice vintage cars and even got taken for a drive in one of them.
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17:18 29 Jan 20
It's been some time since I've been able to do something for myself and I was looking for something that wasn't going to cost me anything, but still give me a pleasurable outing. Dusty Cars was that one outing. I was able to just look around and take in all the cars around me.
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22:21 02 Jan 20
Dear Dusty Cars, Thank you for your hospitality in welcoming us into your dealership. My grandson loved seeing all of your vehicles and committed to star saving his allowance in order to buy one as soon as he turns 21. He's not anywhere near where he needs to be yet, but we'll hold thumbs and keep you in mind for that upcoming visit.
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12:28 13 Dec 19
Doug was fantastic to us when we first arrived, but after he had to go and do something urgently, we spoke to another worker there who took great care of us too. Their customer service is good!
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13:56 04 Nov 19
Upon meeting John at Dusty Cars, we knew we were in the right place to get our new vintage car. The staff was very professional and friendly, they knew everything about all of the cars and were able to help us get exactly what we needed. Thank you for everything you've done for us. We'll definitely be back again.
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George Guerrero
23:42 29 Oct 19
I particularly love the details that the owners pay attention to. There are very few things better than sitting in vintage car with the smell of the leather seats, seeing brand new dials on the car. It's great to see how much care is put into restoring these works of art.
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Noé Gérard
18:41 21 Oct 19
these cars are so sexy looking. The cars are right outta the games that we play, you can see all the classics just sitting on the floor its just nice to go and look!
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Stuart Anderson
18:15 16 Oct 19
I was accessing my father's storage garage after he passed away, which coincidentally, was just across the street from Dusty Cars! I knew there was a car in there and thought it must have been a sign from God to take my car there and sell it to them. It was such a nice experience and I'll go back again.
Jessica Messina
Jessica Messina
05:25 10 Oct 19
The dealership is a wonderful place to visit. Love the cars, love the people, love the dog!!! Even though I'm not a collector of any kind, there's something special about coming to see the love they put into their restoration process.
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Glory Oye
00:09 26 Jun 19
I've always been a lover of classic cars, precisely the 1956 Porsche 356 Coupe, which is considered as the grandfather of Porsche. I was filled with excitement when I saw my dream car listed on eBay by Dusty Cars. I could count almost a 100 stunning pictures of this car on display, with the metal components, the 4-cylinder, air cooled engine and the red leather interior all in good condition. Douglas is indeed a professional; his attention to details is flawless.
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