In the summer of 2010, Mercedes Benz took ownership of what was officially the final build of the famous Pagoda SL line. At the time of acquiring the vehicle, the Mercedes Benz Classic Center had no idea they were in possession of the final 280SL ever, but when they realized it, they gave the precious Pagoda the full restoration it deserved. The vehicle now sits in the Mercedes Benz museum, well guarded – likely due to it’s “potentially addictive” properties, in the words of Mercedes. Be that as it may, this Pagoda SL with the vehicle identification number 113.044-10-023885, is the last in a long line of an enthusiastic models that captured the hearts of many. It has been sent to pasture (image below related) and will likely reside in the halls of the Mercedes Benz museum for the remainder of its days.
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We’d heard the new ‘thing’ in fashion models is ‘old dudes’ so we cruised by a senior rec center (ok it was the taproom at Burning Beard Brewing) and found this guy hitting on the ladybeards. Apparently, these guys work cheap—we just keep him in IPA and Connecticut Shade Dominicans and let him cruise old cars. He says he can write (we’ll all be the judge later) When Dr. Peters bought this 250SL from us in ’93 he tucked the flight bag in the trunk he had used as a military flight surgeon. Twenty-five years later the car came back to us, with a gift in the trunk—the flight bag! Except for a paint job it remains unmolested. Incredibly, this fifty-one-year-old still has her original carpet and upholstery, (Doubleclutch says he does too—I don’t know what that means but I’m going to let it go—works cheap, remember?) The car will be ready to go to [...]