Lot 313 - 1968 Mercedes-Benz S280SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||79,119 miles|
|Result||Sold - £48,720|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 SL was developed under the auspices of Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. The lead designers were Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi, who created its distinctive, patented, slightly concave hardtop, which inspired the 'Pagoda' nickname. The model was manufactured from 1963 through to 1971 and boasted an in-line straight six engine with multi-port fuel injection. The larger capacity 280 (2.8 litre) was introduced in 1967 and remained largely unchanged until 1971.
We are delighted to offer this UK registered, righthand drive, 280SL Pagoda that has been in the current ownership since April 1996. Between 1996 and 2000, it only covered approximately 200 to 300 miles a year and, in 2000, was laid up in dry storage where it remained until 2014. On its awakening from hibernation, some re-commissioning works were required, these included; new brake pads, discs and calipers, a new exhaust system and a service; these works were carried out by Roger Edwards, a well respected Mercedes-Benz specialist based in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
The Pagoda's coachwork looks very smart in its livery of dark blue and upon making a more detailed and closer inspection; the floors, sills and engine bay bulkhead appear exceptionally sound; these areas being commonly weak points on this model. The exterior bright work is very clean and the lights, especially the Bosche headlights are all excellent and in working condition. The interior is in very good order and the occupants also have the benefit of the sought after, Becker Grand Prix radio. The only deficiency we can spot is the lack of a spare wheel, however; with so many specialists, it should not be difficult to rectify the matter.
This Mercedes-Benz Pagoda, being the more desirable and powerful 280 model with its larger capacity engine, benefits from a current MoT test certificate valid until January 2016 and is complete with both its soft and hard tops. Mercedes-Benz Technical Director of the period, Fritz Nallinger, stated, "It was our aim to create a very safe fast sports car with high performance, which despite its sports characteristics, provides a very high degree of travelling comfort". There is nothing else to say than this Pagoda is ready to enjoy especially with the spring and summer soon upon us.
Please note: We are informed by the vendor that a hardtop is not available with this motor car.
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