We like to speculate about “what ifs” here at GCFSB when it comes to models a particular manufacturer may have not offered. The Mercedes-Benz SL was in for a large change in the early 1970s with the introduction of the R107 SL. Mercedes’ roadster would be transformed into more of a cruiser than a sporting machine, with a myriad of V8 engines on offer throughout its lifespan. Some lamented the fact that the SL was taking a turn towards luxury and abandoning the “sport light” formula embodied by its predecessors. A V8 was never offered in the W113 SL, but a few intrepid enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to slot two extra cylinders under the hood of these drop tops, as we see with this restored 1968 280SL sporting a period 3.5 liter V8.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 3.5 on eBay
Engine: 3.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 1,914 mi
Price: $225,000 Buy It Now
ONE OF A KIND
MERCEDES 280SL 3.5
FULL ROTISSERIE RESTORATION OVER 6 years and $160,000.00 spent
OEM MERCEDES 280SE 3.5 DRIVETRAIN
REBUILT MERCEDES 3.5 V8 ENGINE WITH ALL NEW MERCEDES PARTS
REBUILT MERCEDES 3.5 TRANSMISSION
REBUILT 3.5 DIFFERENTIAL
FACTORY HYDRAULIC COMPENSATOR
NEW RED LEATHER INTERIOR
REBUILT FACTORY BECKER RADIO
CUSTOM NEW 3.5 AIRCONDITION SYSTEM
ALL NEW SEALS
ALL NEW GLASS
REBUILT GAUGES & CLOCK
ALL NEW BRAKE AND FUEL LINES
REBUILT FRONT END
NEW SOFT TOP
NEW MICHELIN TIRES 205/70/14
NEW FACTORY EXHAUST SYSTEM
NEW CHROME ON ENTIRE CAR
$15000.00 PAINT JOB
FULL UNDERCARRIAGE RESTORATION
Thank you for viewing this one of a kind historic Masterpiece, this fully restored Mercedes 280SL with a factory Mercedes V8 3.5 Drivetrain. This amazing restored 280SL 3.5 took Years to complete. Every detail was completed with passion. We replaced simply every nut and bolt so to say.
I had the entire car stripped to bare metal after every single part and wire was removed. During the time the body was completely refinished and painted in Mercedes 040 Black, the OEM 280 3.5 drive train was rebuilt with every single component necessary to bring it as close to factory new as possible. A all new factory wiring harness was installed. Every piece of chrome was redone or replaced. The factory original 3.5 Gauges were sent out to be restored to new condition. Famous Mario’s Upholstery installed complete new red Mercedes leather and carpet. A brand new soft top was installed as well.
All wood was replaced with original Mercedes burl wood finish. Windshield and all seals are new.
To write every detail will take a book “lol”
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We’ve seen R107 SLs start to take off in value, and with it, the W113 SL has begun to make the long march away from the means of mere mortals. In top condition, a 280SL of this vintage may approach $150,000, so we’re talking around a $75,000 premium for this particular SL. Is the exclusivity worth it? Will a modification like this appeal to the purists looking to spend this kind of money? Not having driven a V8 engined W113, I couldn’t say whether I’d be sold on the idea, but this looks to be a top notch conversion. It would also offer the chance to surprise a few folks off the line, as well.