It may be entertaining to drive around looking for old cars, but sometimes the best way to make a discovery is to search through old records. That’s exactly how reader Cynthia found this 1968 Mercedes Benz 280sl, which has been parked in this barn for the past 21 years. She called the last owner, found out the car was still parked in his barn, and made a trip to look at it. After buying it, digging it out, and moving it to storage, she has decided to sell it on.
The previous owner, Jimmy, bought the car from the original owner’s estate in 1989. He had the car serviced and then parked it in his barn, where it stayed until Cynthia purchased it. Cynthia has yet to clean the car and it’s still wearing the dust accumulated over the years. It also inlcudes all of its original documentation, all the way back to when it was purchased new at Van Winkle Mercedes of Dallas, Texas.
The 280sl was the 300sl’s replacement and borrowed styling cues from its predecessor both inside and out. The interior looks complete and solid, but needs a good cleaning. The 280sl was initially meant to be a sports car, but ended up being more of a grand tourer. Thankfully the relatively short and wide wheelbase gave the car respectable handling, making it both fun and comfortable to drive.
Like the 300sl, the 280sl made use of a straight six engine, but this 2.8l engine wasn’t nearly as powerful. This M130 series engine produced 170 horsepower and 180 pounds of torque, which gave it decent performance for its time. Cynthia hasn’t tried to start the engine yet, but it was supposedly running when it was parked, so hopefully there are no major problems.
This might not be a 300sl, but its still a great car to drive and they are starting to become quite collectable. There were only about 6,000 of these built in ’68 and about half made it our way, so original examples are getting hard to find. As long as there isn’t any major mechanical issues or rust, it is worth a decent amount of money. Cynthia is asking $29,000 and is willing to consider offers. If your interested, click here to send her an email. It is currently in a storage unit in Dallas, Texas. She has taken lots of photos of the car and we have included a few below: