"In 1963, Mercedes-Benz debuted an all-new roadster to replace the 190SL and 300SL - the 230SL. The 230SL 'Pagoda' was a stunning Paul Bracq designed two-seat convertible that followed Mercedes' new design language, featuring crisp lines and upright headlights. To save on weight, the hood, doorskins, boot lid, and tonneau cover were all composed of aluminium. The nickname 'Pagoda' was quickly adopted thanks to the slightly concave roof on the optional removable hardtop that resembled a pagoda roof. In 1967, Mercedes introduced the third and final iteration of the 'Pagoda', the 280SL, and it then became apparent that some cars don't change, they just get better.
The 280 featured the same modified W111 chassis with a rear swing axle and independent front suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Power came from a 2.8 litre version of Mercedes inline-six and used Bosch fuel injection. A charming model with capable handling and braking thanks to its suspension and all-wheel disc brakes. These roadsters also have one of the most beautiful bodies produced in the 1960s. Thanks to their robust inline-six and their luxurious Mercedes interior, they are wonderful cars to be driven and enjoyed.
We are delighted to offer this UK registered, US supplied 280 SL. This desirable final year, matching numbers, automatic transmission, air conditioned car, had only one owner in the U.S. and only one owner here in the UK, making this beautiful example a two owner car. The car was restored from the ground up just two years ago with new paint, interior, mohair hood and all mechanicals to European specification. It presents incredibly well having been restored to a very high standard and is resplendent in Claret metallic with a tan hide interior. This Mercedes-Benz Pagoda, being the more desirable and powerful 280 model with its larger capacity engine, comes complete with both its soft and hard top.
The car is supplied with its V5C registration document, a Mercedes-Benz certificate, date and manufacture card, the original US title, insurance card from 1973, as well as an affidavit from the USA confirming its mileage and it to be a one owner car whilst in the United States. Nothing else needs to be said about this fabulous condition Pagoda which is only available for sale to fund a new project."