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Please scroll down for all the photos and video: One of approximately 850 genuine, five-speed Pagodas built out of a total of 48,912 cars. Correct and matching to the data card, she received a multiple-year restoration in Europe. Still in original paint code 335 blue (only available on early cars) over ‘natural’ tan leather. Ready for touring, show or daily-driver duty. Call Brian to arrange purchase and delivery. Data Card Numbers Details Trunk, Tools and Books Documented Restoration Rare Mercedes ski rack & more photos… Undercarriage
This final year, 1971 280SL Mercedes features a surprisingly original interior, a testament to her light use over the past 52 years! Presently she’s a great “shine ‘n show-driver” or wonderful platform to take to a higher level if the concours lawn is your cup of tea. Call our owner, Brian for assistance in putting her in your stable. “She drives superbly!” Brian.
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A Challenging Project
A painted body shell arrived with parts in boxes having bounced between various shops in aborted attempts. Our initial research and ‘discovery’ period revealed that many of the important major components had been swapped or were missing. Significant original items now gone were the ZF 5-speed transmission, the holy grail option on W113 cars; the soft top frame and the limited slip differential. Our task was to bring this rare car back to mostly factory standards, additionally adding a few modern and practical mods to the owner’s preference.
This car is featured in 5 videos on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5YJhIaxkiGoI-5eEA7h-rQ/
Click here for a nine-minute showroom walkaround and functionality test.
If you had purchased a W113 Pagoda in 1971 and serviced it regularly, while allowing it to age gracefully for decades, this would be that car. This is a classic example of a late series, preservation award-level 280SL that was “loaded” with all the creature comforts of that time. Options like a 4-speed automatic, air conditioning, Becker Europa stereo radio with electric Hirschmann aerial, leather seats, and removable hardtop were the state of luxury for a German two-seater in 1971. This was how 280SLs looked as they neared the end of their production, complete with polymer coolant expansion tank and heated rear window in the hardtop.
Until just four years ago, this was a one-owner Pagoda. Records confirm that despite the fact [...]