1969 Mercedes-Benz SL Pagode
Year of manufacture1969
The 280SL Pagoda is the last in the line of the popular 60s SL range and represents the pinnacle of Mercedes-Benz manufacturing and development of the period. Mated to the capable automatic gearbox makes for a rewarding driving car with a timeless and elegant look and feel.
The car offered here is an original UK specification right-hand drive car which has covered a documented 103,000 miles from new. The car is finished in the delightful Champagne Gold metallic paint with a gloss black hard top and matching hub caps. The interior is original MB Tex in black with new carpets and refurbished woodwork making for a very pleasing overall look and a style that modern motorcars cannot match.
This Mercedes-Benz is accompanied by an encouragingly thick file of invoices and old MoTs which all confirm why the car drives as beautifully as it does and is able to keep up with modern traffic so easily. It's not surprising that these cars cost more than twice what Jaguar were commanding for an E-Type at the same time, considering how these cars were built and engineered.
Significant monies have been lavished on this car over the years in maintenance and it has never wanted for any rectification. Because of this a specific "restoration" has never been required nor needs to be. There are no signs of rot or rust on the car, the paint is deep and glossy and the chrome is beautiful.
On the road the car behaves better than you might expect of a car from 1969, with the gearbox changing up and down through the ratios very smoothly and the car pulling strongly. The soft top is practically brand new and has rarely been used. Roger Edwards, the best Pagoda specialist in the country, has been over the car recently before it was considered for sale and could find nothing that required attention.
A handsome motorcar that is rewarding to drive and easy to live with, the 280SL Pagoda boasts an ownership experience not matched by many classic cars.