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 beautiful Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda on offer today is equipped with the very rare manual 4-speed gearbox and sought after third rear seat. The bodywork is reported to have excellent panel gaps and be in excellent order. The interior is still original and displays a wonderful patina, complemented beautifully by a beige soft-top.
The rare manual versions are the most desirable of the “Pagoda” Mercedes and as such are sought after by serious collectors and investors. Finished in Havanna Metallic with a Beige interior, this wonderful looking Mercedes would be at home in any collection or indeed just enjoyed on the road as it was originally built for.