Lot 171 - 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
|Registration||UK taxes paid|
|Odometer reading||228 km|
|Estimate||£78,000 - £88,000|
- European specification car
- UK registered
- Subject to extensive restoration
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. The bonnet panel, door skins, boot lid and tonneau cover 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.
This lovely left hand drive Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda was supplied new to Germany in 1968 with the rare manual four-speed gearbox. Finished in the Mercedes-Benz racing colour scheme of silver with black interior and black soft top this 280 SL was lovingly restored about ten years ago and has only recently been imported to the UK from Europe. At the time of writing this description the paperwork was at the DVLA for them to issue a new V5C registration document. 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.
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