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 300 SL models, and cutting-edge Mercedes engineering together with elegance and practicality, made the ‘pagoda top’ SL one of the most distinctive and attractive cars of its era. In closed form it offered handsome proportions and coupé-like comfort, while the easy removal of the hard-top turned it into an open top sports car for the summer months.
During the 1960’s Mercedes-Benz refined and updated the SL by also fitting the 250 engine, and finally the 280. As today, Mercedes-Benz cars were never cheap, but superb build quality and sophisticated styling made the 280 SL a very popular choice with the rich and famous, as well as the merely well-heeled.
This wonderful matching numbers example is finished in Tobacco brown with beautifully trimmed beige leather interior. Offered with a hard top and tools and its Becker radio, this is a wonderfully original example of the evocative and increasingly desirable larger engine Pagoda’s.