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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.

A highly authentic and well serviced W113 Pagoda! ~ Scroll down for all the photos.

The purchase of this lovely and highly authentic example would be one of the nicest things you did for yourself or a loved one. The upholstery is 95% original and in great condition, (rare on a 55-year-old!). Our San Diego client purchased this California car, bringing it straight to us and spent about $11,000 doing all the usual things then hardly drove it. Approximately 2000 miles ago these services included: complete cooling system including a new water pump, an oil service, and power steering pump re-seal. Of course, she is absolutely rust-free.

New items included the turn signal switch, electronic ignition, and new shift bushings. Approximately 2500 miles ago the fuel tank was renewed along with the associated filters & hoses. Includes a state-of-the-art vintage-look modern Becker stereo which sounds phenomenal and looks stock and correct. She also recently renewed [...]

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5-Speed 280SL

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.

Video Narrative

Arrival in boxes

’71 Mercedes 280SL, preservation-type car, 42k miles

Silver/Black leather, auto, a/c, both tops
A mostly original, highly authentic 1971 280SL

This car is featured in 5 videos on our YouTube channel: 

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 [...]

Restored in our shop without regard to cost – 1000 break-in miles only.
View this car’s comprehensive restoration process here.

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1971 Mercedes 280SL Restoration –

‘906’ Blue

1971 906 blue Mercedes 280SL in front of the Villa Zee Zaw carriage house

Initial Condition

Good but not *Perfection*

Here at Motoring Investments we tend to work on a wide array of classic Mercedes Benz – and like a fingerprint – no two are ever alike. Generally our jobs entail initial appraisa [...]

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