Mercedes 280SL

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When we think of cars made by Mercedes Benz, we think of big, hulking, masculine brutes like our favorite hulk the G-Wagen. There’s something obviously Germanic and heftily big boned about them, something that has, to be frank, rarely mustered our passion.

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This Mercedes 280SL, however, scotches the belief in Benz’s unreconstructed blokishness.

The car is available at a tantalisingly low estimate of between $40-70K as part of a private collection n Canada.

The 280SL- which replaced the legendary 300SL in 1963 representing a more accessible luxury GT for the burgeoning Domestic and US market.

It came in a perky package with a nicely stiff chassis and a straight six engine that did the job properly. It was the boxy but graceful design of the body that has proved such a perennial. It evokes, somehow, a more feminine aspect of those stoic, solid brand values.

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It might not really be a pure blooded silver arrow with racing heritage, but it summed up a cheeky sort of sixties aesthetic that has lasted the test of time.

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