Lot 186 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||39,000 miles|
|Estimate||£36,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £43,680|
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 and represents the most desirable of all the SL range, producing, as it does, more power with an improved five bearing crankshaft.
This Pagoda originated from America and just last year underwent a very comprehensive restoration. The whole body was sandblasted and painted. In addition to paint, new suspension parts were fitted and the braking system overhauled. The interior is said to be original and in "great condition throughout". The pagoda hardtop and soft-top convertible roof are also said to be in good condition. The vendor tells us that the automatic gearbox operates perfectly, the engine is in good order and is keen to point out that the air conditioning functions correctly. With all the recent work done on this, the most desirable of the W113 models, it represents very good value indeed.
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.