Mercedes Benz

£ 279,000
280SL Prototype LHD
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Hemmels mechanic working underneath a Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda


Every collector has a story about the one that got away - that elusive classic that was within touching distance, then gone forever, leaving just a tale to be told. A few years ago we discovered a 280SL Prototype with its own escape story. Hidden for decades, this uniquely configured classic was spared the sad fate that awaited most R&D models which never left the factory. n 1967 Mercedes-Benz designers were exploring new ideas for the upcoming 280SL based on the 2+2 "California Coupe", a 250SL variant which featured a rear bench seat - but at the cost of the soft top. One concept was 280SL Prototype 000043 which included both the rear bench seat of the California Coupe AND a factory-fitted internal soft top. So, how did the engineers manage to install both a soft top and a bench rear seat in Prototype 000043? This classic will reveal its secret in 2021 when it is unveiled at a location that suits its next custodian. We hope it will be a well-known event in California. For the savvy collector who seeks rarities, this is an unmissable opportunity.

Additional Features

  • A 280SL Prototype Collector's Car
  • Perhaps the only example in exitance with both the California rear seat and factory-fitted soft top
  • Production Number 000043
  • Ready in 2021

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Technical Details



8.8 sec


17.1 mpg‑imp; 14.3 mpg‑US

0K Miles

1,305 mm (51.4 in)

2.8 L M130

4,285 mm (168.7 in)

168 hp

1,760 mm (69.3 in

4 Speed Manual




Top Speed

0-60 mph

MPG Combined








124 mph

Model History

Saved from being destoyed as part of Mercedes-Benz R&D procedures, the car was sold to a client in France then on to the USA where Hemmels discovered the car.

Hemmels Certification

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