In March 1963 the new generation of SL sports cars was launched with the debut of the 230 SL at the Geneva Show. This revolutionary new model replaced the now ageing 190 and 300SL models. Mercedes engineering, together with elegance and practicality, made the pagoda top SL one of the most distinctive designs of its era. In closed form it offered handsome proportions and coupé-like comfort, whilst the easy removal of the pagoda hard top turned it into an open top sports car for the summer months.
During the 1960s Mercedes-Benz refined the model, later fitting the 250 engine and finally arriving at the 280SL. As today, Mercedes-Benz motor cars were never cheap, but superb build quality and sophisticated styling made the 280SL an extremely popular sports car with the rich and famous.
This fine Pagoda is with its third owner and elegant in its red coachwork with a contrasting black interior. The owner informs us the car comes complete with a hard top in good condition, while the convertible roof is described as being in new condition. Throughout, the car is described as having the interior and transmission in excellent order while the body work, chassis and paint are recorded as being good throughout along with brakes and tyres being in good condition. All dials and instruments work as well as the Becker Monza stereo as one would expect. Supplied with the car is a V5 document as well as the now rare and desirable manuals, tool kit and jack.
Although perfect for the summer months, this most desirable of models and with the simple addition of the factory hard top, converts it into a practical year-round sports coupe.