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. The 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and was produced until 1971, with the major difference compared to the previous model was 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 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.
The Mercedes Pagoda 280 SL we have for sale here is a highly desirable original UK right-hand drive car with an automatic gearbox. It was originally supplied by Maloney Rhodes Mercedes dealership in Cambridge in 1970. Looking wonderfully elegant finished in dark blue with complimenting grey leather interior and matching blue soft top and hard top roofs. The car comes complete with its original handbooks and wallet, original tools wallet and factory build cards. The history supplied with the car is extensive, including MoTs dating back to 1979 and the original service book and service invoices.
The vendor describes the overall condition of the car to be good. A very stylish and usable classic that is presented in the ideal specification and ready to be enjoyed either as an open topped sports car or with the hard top on for colder trips!