1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda
Mileage: 27486 miles
Paperwork up to date.
On offer is the Uber Cool Mercesdes-Benz roadster / Coupé that was introduced in 1963 at the Geneva Motor Show. To say that these were an instant hit is an understatement; Sportscar performance and Merc comfort with the solid build quality, this 3 pointed star has been sought ever since. Production lasted until 1971 with a total of 48 912 units produced of which 19 440 units were sold in the States. Towards the end of the production of the W113 it evolved to be more of a grand tourer then a sports car and most units were produced with Automatic gearboxes rather than the 4 speed manual which means the manual transmissions are very sought after these days. All models were equipped with inline six cylinder engines with multi-port fuel injection of which 3 engine sizes were available ranging from 2308cc to 2496cc all the way up to the iconic 2778cc. To save weight, Mercedes manufactured the bonnet, boot lid and door skins from aluminum. With the wide stance, short body, good suspension and powerful brakes the W113 had superb handling for the time.
The Q car is in showroom condition with less than 30 000 miles on the clock. Originally from Rupert Murdock’s family collection where it was bought new and driven sparingly for 20yrs racking up various show wins, this vehicle was then imported into SA in the early 80’s. A refresh of the body and interior was undertaken some years back so this Pagoda is looking rather shiny indeed. The car comes with a soft and hard top, the very rare option at the time was the 3rd cali seat in the rear, plus the sought after is the 4 speed manual. This a clean honest car which would add value to any Mercedes collection with the best part being that it’s still a beauty to drive!
We are in possession of the original steering wheel and hubcaps and history files.