Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagode

280 SL Pagode in elegant beige colouring with brown interior and soft-top

Our ID 1169
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model 280 SL Pagode
Produced 1968-1971
Year 1970
Steering Left Hand Drive
Exterior Light Beige
Interior Dark Brown
Engine 6 Reihenmotor
Capacity 2,778 ccm
Power 125kW/171PS
Extras Radio, hardtop, white wall tyres

... or what was that really like?

As a successor to the 190 SL the Pagode series was to meet the customer requests for a more powerful engine, more comfort, higher active and passive safety and more interior space. In the 1960s, the awareness for better safety measures in road traffic increased significantly. Mercedes was one of the pioneers in this field and increased its efforts to improve the passive safety of vehicles. With the Pagode, presented at the 1963 Geneva International Motor Show, trend-setting safety elements were introduced to the SL series: stiff passenger compartments, defined front and rear crumble zones, telescopic columns with a collapsible collar, passenger compartment without edges or corners, radial tyres and safety belts as special equipment. The 280 SL was the top model of the series.  The popular name Pagode came from the look of the concave domed hardtop, a concept for improving the available space, the panoramic view and enlargement of the passenger compartment.

... or what happened to it over the years?

First registration in July 1970, US-title of California from 2010 available.

... or what it's really like.

After a comprehensive restoration including mechanics and optics a few years ago, this 280 SL still impresses with its excellent condition. The work is documented and attestable. All gaps and surfaces are flawless. The entire technology is in very good condition. The look: beige on the outside and brown leather on the inside – simply great either open or closed with the brown soft top. 

... or what can it still do?

With the 2.8 litre engine it is the dynamic representative of the Pagode series and still easily reaches its 200 km/h top speed. The solid, stiff construction, the proven, long-lasting technology, the class look, the good running performance and its workshop friendliness can bring joy to a future owner for decades to come. Its running performance, its safety concept and the especially comprehensive extra equipment make it an ideal classic touring car, but it could also enrich a collection. With its optimum condition value increases are inevitable.