- Technical Specification
Our ID 1341 Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Model 280 SL Pagoda Produced 1968-1971 Year 1970 Steering Left-Hand Drive Exterior Medium Blue Metallic Interior Leather Blue Engine 6-series engine Capacity 2,778 cc Power 125kW/170HP Extras Automatic transmission, radio Becker, hardtop in body color, baroque wheels, suitcase optional Price 198.500 Euro
... or what was it actually like in those days?
As the successor to the almost too long-built 190 SL, the pagoda series at the suggestion of the Mercedes sales department was developed to meet the increased customer and market demands for greater engine power, more comfort, higher active and passive safety and more interior space. When the pagoda was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963, groundbreaking, innovative safety elements found entrance into the Mercedes-Benz series – such as the rigid passenger compartment, the defined crumple zones front and rear, a telescopic steering column with baffle, an interior without edges and corners and radial tires and belts as an optional element. For the motorization only six-cylinder engines were installed. The 280 SL became the top model of the series. The popular name pagoda results from the appearance of the concave curved hardtops, an ingenious design concept to improve the available space, the all-round view and the enlargement of the interior.
... or how it really is. Original, given a facelift or fully restored?
After the vehicle returned to Europe, it was extensively restored according to data card specification in specialist companies. The pagoda presents itself after the extensive restoration in an excellent condition (photographic documentation/CD). The color combination corresponds to the delivery specification; engine and gear are matching numbers! The vehicle has the MB data card. We have already requested a comprehensive appraisal.
... or what is it like to drive?
With its 2.8-liter engine, it can still reach the top speed of 200 km/h on request. However, it would be a shame to make use of it due to its collector status. The solid, stiff construction, the proven, durable technology, the class optics in glossy black, the good performance and its ease of operation can delight a future owner for many decades to come. In its class, it is an ideal investment, a valuable collection enrichment and / or a vehicle for enjoyable, comfortable travels.