Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 15th – 19th, 2014 at Russo and Steele''s 14th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.Introduced at the March 1963 Geneva Salon, the new 230SL Roadster replaced both the 300SL and 190SL, marking a new single-platform policy for Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Internally coded W113, the new SL’s crisp Paul Bracq-penned lines bore a strong family resemblance to the other Mercedes-Benz models. The new 230SL also marked an industry first with its comprehensive built-in safety features designed by Bela Barényi, including monocoque body construction with front and rear crumple zones and deletion of sharp edges from the car’s interior. The optional “Pagoda” hardtop’s distinctive shape was another example of the SL’s form following function, being designed for maximum strength and protection in case of a rollover. Mechanical features were largely shared with the contemporary 220SEb. Subtle chassis enhancements, dual-circuit brakes, and newly available radial tires provided excellent refinement and safety. Although somewhat heavier than the prior 190SL, the added power and torque of the 230SL’s ‘six’ endowed the new SL with strong acceleration and top speeds exceeding 120 mph. Improved seat belts, a collapsible steering-column, and four-wheel disc brakes appeared with the debut of the evolutionary 250 SL in late 1966. “Pagoda” SL model evolution progressed through the evolutionary 2.5-liter 250SL of 1967 to the final 2.8-liter 280SL produced between December 1967 and February 1971. While changes heralded by the 280SL in addition to the additional torque of its larger engine were largely detail-oriented in nature, the model’s significant power reserve and superior all-around driving flexibility captivated the motoring press in period. Today, the 280SL continues as the most popular and usable evolution of the “Pagoda” SL line, remaining a highly stylish classic car that is entirely capable of being driven and enjoyed even in today’s challenging driving conditions, thanks to its excellent handling and performance. This highly desirable late-production example from 1970 is accompanied at auction by the factory build card showing the “040 040” codes confirming it is an original black car with black hard top, the 280SL was also factory-equipped with leather upholstery, air conditioning, and automatic transmission. Retaining the original fenders and nose showing the factory spot welds that remain in place, along with both headlamp-bezel marks on the inner fenders and the matching hood number, the 280SL is further complete with factory-original books, manuals, and tools. The engine compartment was completely detailed as new with cadmium-plated fuel lines, a restored intake manifold, and other items to complete the factory-original appearance. Matching its excellent paint finish and brightwork, the car’s underside and trunk compartment remain fabulously original and virtually as new, confirming the excellent care the SL has received over its lifetime. Given its wonderful condition and rare color combination, this 1970 280SL is simply an exceptional, collector-quality example of the famous “Pagoda” model.