1970 Mercedes-Benz SL Pagode280 SL 'Pagoda'
Year of manufacture1970
$90,000 - $120,000
Please note that this lot is titled as a 1971.
In 1963, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 230 SL on the new W113 chassis to replace the expensive 300 SL and its affordable counterpart 190 SL. It was an attractive compromise of performance and affordability, penned by designer and artist Paul Bracq, with tradition-breaking straight fender lines. The light and airy detachable hardtop with its concave upper surface, created by reinforcing ridges running front to back on the outside edges, was the source of the ‘Pagoda’ nickname.
The 230 SL was well received, but its performance was a bit disappointing due to the limited power of its 2.3-liter engine. Without changing the design, it was replaced in 1967 with the interim 2.5-liter 250 SL, and then in 1968 by the 280 SL with its more powerful 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine. The 280 SL would stay in production for three years before Mercedes-Benz replaced it with the R107-chassis 350 SL.
The current owner purchased this 280 SL for his collection in 2002 and had it restored in San Diego, California by Symbolic Motor Cars with the leather interior completed by Thomas Interiors. Attractively finished with European headlights and no side reflectors, this SL also has a rare period air conditioning system, which makes the car ideal for collectors in hotter climates. The engine was rebuilt during the restoration with original German parts and it has its Becker Europa AM/FM radio. Since the restoration has been completed, the car has been driven approximately 1,300 miles and has always been serviced as needed. This would be an ideal 280 SL for any enthusiast to drive and enjoy.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0120.