Registered Date: 1970
Colour: Signal Red
Previous Owners: 5
Offered up for sale here is a truly special machine, a factory UK supplied RHD Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda. Now presented in fetching Signal Red (568H) the car is a real show stopper with a headturning presence and admiring glances from all. The incredibly original cognac MB tex interior, brown carpets and Beige Mohair soft-top give the car a subtle but stylish feel with a factory hard top adding to this cars ever growing inventory of desirability boxes being ticked. The non-headrest seats are a very desirable option which only better an already elegant profile, and is a feature revered by purists of the w113 280sl. We can also confirm that this car is of course a fully matching numbers vehicle with its original straight six engine and three speed automatic transmission making this car the most desirable spec of W113 Pagoda possible and therefore and fantastic investment opportunity. This Pagoda was first registered on the 21st of August 1970 and comes with a healthy history file including a large number of invoices and MOT certificates dating back nearly 40 years. The ownership history is fully documented all the way back to the very first owner in 1970 and the last registered keeper of this 280SL had the car for 23 years, spending in excess of £20,000 on its clearly loving upkeep. Some of the recent works carried out include a full respray followed by an engine and gearbox rebuild. Electronic ignition was also fitted to bring the vehicle up modern standards of reliability and usability.
Accurately describing this car as presenting very smartly indeed yet with just enough mellowed patina throughout to bring the car into the more affordable status of eminently usable. Being undoubtedly the most desirable variant of the timeless W113, prices for this specific model can often exceed £225,000 for an absolutely Concours fully restored example. This car for sale here represents an opportunity to experience the true driving pleasure of this iconic model with a circa £100,000 cost saving from our fully restored examples which are more common place than usable examples due to their rarity, desirability, value and collectability status. Having restored countless Pagoda’s we are very well placed to make the judgement that this car drives every bit as well as many other examples tens of thousands of pounds more expensive, clearly owing to the no-expense spared attitude of its former custodians in regards to its outstanding driving performance. This really is one of the best driving pagoda’s we have offered for sale… at any price point. The car is absolutely ready to go for summer and can be further invested in over time in regards to minor cosmetics or under body details if desired, completely safe in the knowledge that these type of works are certainly non-essential to the usability factor of this car, yet would be a sound investment should its future destiny to be sitting on a Concours show lawn as well as gracing the open roads of UK and Europe.
If your looking to get into a true 60’s style icon, at a price rarely available on this model (with the history to die for) then this Pagoda is for you, timeless looks and bags of silky smooth power, what more can you want! Rare opportunity. Viewings are by appointment only.