This is a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda LHD, finished in metallic siver with a black interior.
The Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and continued in production till February 1971. An all new designed by Paul Bracq to replace the 190SL and 300SL Roaster. The 280 SL had a powerful 2.8 litre version of Mercedes inline-six and used Bosch fuel injection. To save on weight, the bonnet, doorskins, boot lid, and tonneau cover were all composed of aluminium. The nickname 'Pagoda' was quickly adopted thanks to the slightly concave roof on the optional removable hardtop that resembled a pagoda roof. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful disc brakes and radial tyres gave the W113 superb handling for its time. These roadsters also have one of the most beautiful bodies produced in the 1960s. Thanks to their robust inline-six and their luxurious Mercedes interior, they are wonderful cars to be driven and enjoyed. The styling of the front paid homage to the legendary 300SL with its characteristic upright Bosch ‘fishbowl’ headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel.
This good, left hand drive Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda was supplied new to the USA in 1970 and was fitted with the rare four speed manual gearbox, power assisted steering, disc brakes and factory alloy wheels. Imported into the United Kingdom about three years ago from California, USA and put into a private collection, this car has been recently registered and issued with a UK V5C registration document. Finished in silver metallic (180) with the original black interior and black soft top, this Mercedes Pagoda is supplied with the UK registration documents and photocopies of the US title certificate. This is the ideal car to look forward to using next summer either for local trips to the pub or, maybe a long tour of Europe.