1971 Mercedes-Benz SL Pagode

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1971
  • Mileage 
    21 385 mi / 34 416 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    202
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic

Description

"This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY
In 1963, Mercedes-Benz debuted an all-new roadster to replace the 190 SL and 300 SL - the 230 SL. The 230 SL '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 bonnet, door skins, 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 280 SL, 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.
This lovely lefthand drive example was imported from the United States where it had undergone a total restoration. It is presented in dark Olive Green with matching factory hardtop, Bamboo leather interior, black hood and comes with the desirable automatic gearbox and also comes with its original service book, owners manual and Becker radio manual. The car is in wonderful condition throughout and is stored in a humidity-controlled garage. Always a joy to drive, particularly in good weather when the hood is down and the smooth six-cylinder engine can be enjoyed. The car comes with a NOVA letter so it can be registered here in the UK.Interested parties should note that contrary to the catalogue description we believe this car could have been manufactured in 1967 according to the first stamp in the service book.

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