Lot 249 - 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||84,343 miles|
|Result||Sold - £76,976|
- Manual example
- Maintained by Roger Edwards
The Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and continued in production until February 1971. An all new design by Paul Bracq to replace the 190 SL and 300 SL Roaster. The 280 SL had a powerful 2.8 litre version of Mercedes inline-six and used Bosch fuel injection. To save on weight the bonnet, 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. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful disc brakes and radial tyres gave the W113 superb handling for its time. These roadsters also have one of the most beautiful bodies produced in the 1960s. Thanks to their robust inline-six and their luxurious Mercedes interior, they are wonderful cars to be driven and enjoyed. 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.
This stunning black with contrasting beige trim example of the larger engine SL Pagoda was purchased and imported from Germany in 2015 arriving with a waft of paperwork dating back to 1993 predominantly from Keenan Mercedes-Benz dealership. Upon arrival our vendor sent the car directly to leading classic Mercedes-Benz specialists Roger Edwards who immediately performed an MoT and fitted seatbelts, and then annually since has performed any necessary maintenance and renovations including new woodwork. More recently a new hood has been fitted. A stunning left hand drive manual example in rare black coachwork this would be an ideal car to tour Europe or leave at your abode in the south of France.
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