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 SL Pagoda 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. The 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and was produced until 1971, with the major difference compared to the previous model being the upgrade to a 2,778cc engine which produced 170 hp.
The extra urgency provided by this larger, more powerful engine improved the drivability of the car and therefore made this final incarnation of the Pagoda the most sought after model. As is the case today, Mercedes-Benz motor cars were never renowned for being cheap, but superb build quality and sophisticated styling made the 280SL an extremely popular sports car with the rich and famous.
The lovely Mercedes-Benz Pagoda 280 SL we have for sale here is a highly desirable right-hand drive example fitted with the automatic gearbox. Elegantly finished in white with a black interior, the SL is offered with both soft and hard top roofs. The Pagoda comes with a detailed history and a large amount of invoices and receipts. Notably the SL has enjoyed recent attention with a new convertible roof, a rebuilt gearbox and rechroming and other works (to the tune of c. £5,000). Offered in good order throughout, this is a very stylish and usable classic that is presented in the ideal specification, ready to be enjoyed either as an open topped sports car or with the hard top on for cooler times.