Lot 201 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda

Lot 201 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda

Lot 201 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda

Lot Number 201
Registration TOR 332G
Chassis Number 11304412006608
Engine Number 130.983.10.04203
Odometer reading 59,035 miles
Estimate £80,000 - £100,000
  • Fully restored
  • Complete with matching hardtop

There is little doubt that Paul Bracq’s design for the Sixties 1960s pagoda was revolutionary and his ability to mix timeless styling with high performance on three different levels was impressive. The entry level version used the 2.3 litre engine followed by the 2.5 and finally the most desirable and spirited 2.8 litre, six-cylinder engine. All bonnet panels, door skins, boot lids and tonneau covers were composed of aluminium giving the car an overall lightness which contributed to the performance that was very well received by the general public. It quickly became apparent that some cars don't change, they just get better. The 280 featured the same modified W111 chassis with independent front suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. A charming model with capable handling, these roadsters have had one of the most sublime styling bodies, and easily comparable to Jaguar’s E-Type and the Alfa Romeo’s Spider. The driving experience and build quality are respected and, as a result, still highly collectable today.

Imported into the UK from the United States of America in 2012, this lefthand drive example was completely rust free and registered with an odometer reading, at that time, of 55,454. It was sold to the previous owner who used it for a number of years before putting it away for storage. Since then, it has under gone a complete and ground up restoration by classic and custom car specialists Hot Rod Technologies based in Hayes, Middlesex.

Whilst in restoration, the car was brought up to European specification, this included removing the side marker lamps and fitting European-style headlights. It was also finished in the fetching original blue colour, code #903, with matching hardtop, dark blue soft top and a tan leather interior. It also benefits from the original factory air-conditioning unit and is supplied with V5C registration documents, a full photographic restoration included and a 12-month MoT test certificate. These Pagodas are always a pleasure to drive, particularly in good weather when the roof is down and the smooth six-cylinder engine can really be enjoyed.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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