Lot 130 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||62,500 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £45,000|
|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 and more popular capacity 280 (2.8 litre) was introduced in 1967 and remained largely unchanged until 1971.
This lefthand drive Californian Mercedes-Benz 280 SL is fitted with an automatic gearbox and was imported into the UK in 2013 and purchased by the vendor from his colleague who has a sizeable car collection. His colleague spent some considerable time to find such an honest solid car, one that was structurally sound but not so precious that it couldn't be used. It appears to have always been well maintained and the car comes with various technical manuals, some spares, an original tool kit and an original Becker Mexico Radio Cassette although a modern unit is currently installed. The car has not required much work since arriving in the UK; there are two invoices, which total just over £2,000 with works including attention to the suspension, some window adjustments, gearbox checks, heater checks and a replacement brake servo etc. The car was repainted blue/grey metallic before it was imported, the soft top is in good condition and there is also a matching hardtop. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document and a MoT test certificate which expires in August 2017. These distinctive roof shaped SL models are amongst the best-loved sports cars of their day and remain highly sought after now by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
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.