Lot 287 - 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||86,000 miles|
|Estimate||£29,000 - £37,000|
|Result||Sold - £37,520|
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.
Offered in unmarked black coachwork with black interior, this beautifully presented 280 SL Pagoda has recently undergone a full cosmetic restoration to complement an older interior restoration that was undertaken whilst the car resided in Chicago, Illinois. Imported to the UK in 2012, this little roadster was registered and enjoyed by its new owner until this year when it was sold to the current owner. Having coveted a Pagoda for many years, he decided to set about ensuring the rest of the car was in a standard befitting this iconic vehicle. With the work now finished, a service has recently been carried out along with an MoT test certificate but, much to the vendor's disappointment, due to family commitments the car is to be sold after only a handful of weekends' enjoyment. This does, however, represent an ideal opportunity for a new owner to purchase a splendid example of one of Mercedes-Benz finest offered with hard top, original Becker stereo and functioning air conditioning.