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Lot 094: Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'Pagoda'

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

Without doubt one of the prettiest roadsters ever made, the Paul Braqc-designed Pagoda SL is also superbly well built and is one of those rare classics that you can genuinely use every day. Launched in 1963 and remaining in production until 1971, the W113 class eventually spanned three engine sizes, all fuel-injected: the initial 150bhp 2.3-litre; the similarly powerful 2.5 in 1966 and the range-topping 170bhp 2.8-litre in 1967, which also had usefully more torque (180lb/ft against the 145lb/ft of the 230).

All were capable of at least 120mph and had front disc brakes, double wishbone and coil spring front suspension with a coil-sprung swing axle at the rear. To save weight, doors, boot and bonnet were made of aluminium. A choice of manual or automatic transmission was available, both four-speed.

All looked identical with a low waistline, wide stance, fishbowl headlamps and big curved greenhouse windows topped with that distinctive dished removable hardtop  hence the 'Pagoda' name. The styling perfectly sums up the car, being elegant yet muscular and sporty yet immensely solid, a rare combination of virtues which make it a timeless beauty that is always highly sought after. Not just a pretty face, a 230SL was driven to victory in one of Europe's toughest rallies, the Spa-Sophia-Liege in 1963.

Dating from 1968, this particular left-hand drive 280SL was imported from America by the current owner about 20 years ago. It was then professionally restored and put into storage. Recently taken out of storage and recommissioned, it has an MOT until October, is currently taxed and is said to drive beautifully. At the time of cataloguing we had not had chance to inspect either the vehicle or its paperwork, and prospective purchasers are invited to do so before they make their bids.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number094
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£23000
Year1968
Condition rating0
Registration numberRAX 182F
Mileage-
Chassis number11304412002068
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)2800
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors