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 is the case 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 fabulous example of the desirable “ Pagoda” Mercedes has just completed a full re-spray in ivory white and is a genuine matching numbers car with the rare 5 speed ZF factory manual gearbox. The car has covered a mere 51,500 miles from new. This lovely car was originally supplied to South Africa where it remained up until 1999 and has had very little use since then having been in professional storage. Manual transmission models came with the standard 4 speed or optional ZF 5 speed which of course this example has.
The car has recently had a full service and comes with a valid MOT certificate. It also comes with its original owner’s manual, dealer directory, service book and tool roll. All instruments are working and the lovely tan interior is in good condition. The car also comes with its original matching factory hard top. This is one of the finest examples we have had and certainly would be one not to miss.