Lot 154 - 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||22,600 miles|
|Estimate||£54,000 - £64,000|
- Desirable colour combination
- Offered with the factory hardtop
- Comprehensive history file
The Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and continued in production till February 1971. The 280 SL had a powerful 2.8 litre inline six-cylinder engine, the bonnet, boot lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminium to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tyres gave the W113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front paid homage to the legendary 300 SL with its characteristic upright Bosch ‘fishbowl’ headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel.
In very good order throughout, this 280 SL Pagoda was delivered new to California, USA, and was purchased in the UK by the most recent vendor in 2008, who kept it in the South of France. After some 18 months, the vendor moved to Florida, USA, taking the Mercedes with her before shipping the car back to the UK in 2015. It is believed the car was extensively re-sprayed in Florida in 2014, and still presents in very good order throughout. The coachwork, engine bay and interior are all in very good condition with very few minor blemishes. Offered in the desirable colour combination of resplendent red over a tan leather hide interior the 280SL comes complete with a small history file including import documents, the current V5 registration document and various sundry invoices. This well-presented Pagoda, being the more desirable and powerful 280 model with its larger capacity engine, benefits from both its soft and hardtop. Nothing else needs to be said other than this Pagoda is one of the finest we have seen and is ready to be used and enjoyed by a new custodian.
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