Lot 151 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||92,500 miles|
|Estimate||£120,000 - £140,000|
- Matching numbers
- Good condition throughout
In 1963, Mercedes-Benz debuted an all new roadster to replace the 190 SL and 300 SL - the 230 SL. The 230 SL 'Pagoda' was a stunning Paul Bracq designed two-seat convertible that followed Mercedes' new design language, featuring crisp lines and upright headlights. To save on weight, the bonnet, door skins, boot lid, and tonneau cover were all composed of aluminium. The nickname 'Pagoda' was quickly adopted thanks to the slightly concave roof on the optional removable hardtop that resembled a pagoda roof. In 1967, Mercedes introduced the third and final iteration of the 'Pagoda', the 280 SL, and it then became apparent that some cars don't change, they just get better. The 280 featured the same modified W111 chassis with a rear swing axle and independent front suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Power came from a 2.8 litre version of Mercedes inline-six and used Bosch fuel injection. These roadsters also have one of the most beautiful bodies produced in the 1960s and, thanks to their robust inline-six and their luxurious Mercedes interior, they are wonderful cars to be driven and enjoyed.
This lovely example of this glamourous classic is presented in silver with black leather interior and comes with its factory hardtop. The car was the subject of a restoration in 2013 and is still in good condition throughout. The car has a black hood which is also in good condition and the vendor informs us that it drives as it should, with its smooth six-cylinder engine running well. With the summer months ahead, this would surely be number one on the bucket list post lockdown!
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