Lot 302 - 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||68,688 miles|
|Estimate||£90,000 - £120,000|
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 and, 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 230 SL. 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 250 SL 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.
We are delighted to offer this exceptional Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda, first registered on 5th February 1968 and presented with silver coachwork and contrasting black leather trim. It is worth noting that it is fitted with the rare and sought after manual gearbox. The car has been subject to extensive works with one of the UK’s leading Mercedes-Benz SL including an engine rebuild, suspension and brakes overhaul, a re-trim, including a new hood and a coachwork strip, repair and paint. These works total in excess of £50,000 (not including engine build) and are recorded within the accompanying history file. Interested parties should note that the engine is still in its running-in period and will require further running-in and oil changes as specified within the file. On inspection, this Mercedes-Benz looks stunning. Slide into those big, comfortable leather seats and view the wonderfully designed dashboard that includes an original Becker radio. On a recent test drive, it was noted how well the engine pulled and how taught the SL felt. Also accompanying this Mercedes-Benz is the Pagoda hardtop, a spare set of keys, a Mercedes-Benz UK Limited, Homologation Department dating letter, a UK V5C registration document and, we are advised, the car will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate.
If you are seeking a top condition classic Mercedes-Benz, then look no further than this fabulous SL presented to you today.
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