Lot 253 - 1968 12987 280SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||59,000 miles|
|Estimate||£50,000 - £60,000|
|Result||Sold - £73,360|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971. They were known as the 'pagoda roof' SL and replaced the W198 SL in 1963 which was then, in turn, replaced by the R107 SL in 1971. All models boast an inline six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. Most of these early SL's were sold with both the removable hard top and a soft top in the so-called 'Coupé/Roadster' configuration. By 1955, Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer, Prof. Fritz Nallinger and his team, held no illusions regarding the 190SL's lack of performance, in 1960, he eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220SL design based on technology from the W112. This led to the W113 platform, with an improved fuel-injected 2.3 litre M127, inline-six engine and the distinctive 'pagoda' hardtop roof called the 230SL. It made a remarkable debut at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, where Nallinger introduced it as follows: 'It was our aim to create a very safe and fast sports car with high performance, which despite its sports characteristics, provides a very high degree of travelling comfort.' The 250SL was basically a one-year model, introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. The more desirable and more powerful 2.8 litre 280SL was introduced in 1967 and continued in production largely unchanged through to 1971.
This sympathetically restored 280SL Pagoda has been immaculately re-painted in its original colour of white whilst retaining its period carpet and Tex interior. A new black hood has been supplied and fitted by marque specialists and the car also comes with the original white hard top. Many thousands of pounds, hours of research and a high degree of attention were spent finding and then bringing the original pre-restoration model to its current condition. The original car was, in its own right, a truly lovely example. Previously part of a private collection and boasting many qualifying features including front wing notches and matching numbered panels sought after by Pagoda aficionados, this restoration has been completed to a truly superlative standard including a bare metal re-spray to ensure the quality of finish, whilst also retaining original keys and locks to doors and glove box, secondary rubber boot mat, spare wheel chock and tool kit.
The 2.8 litre engine pulls well through the automatic gearbox and handles just as well as it did when it left the showroom; in fact the vendor, having had the car appraised by professionals, was informed the car was "one of the best they have ever driven!" With a believed to be genuine, 59,000 miles on the clock and having recently undergone light restoration, we would challenge any Mercedes-Benz SL enthusiast to fault this car. Supplied with a V5C registration document, current MoT test certificate, owner's handbook and wallet, a file containing old MoT test certificates going back to the early 1980's confirming the displayed mileage together with invoices relating to historic maintenance. This is certainly one of the best examples of an extremely collectable righthand drive Mercedes-Benz classic you are likely to see.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.