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1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'

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This perfect example of the 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda' is truly the definition of a car with class.

By Henrik Malmberg | Automotive | 2016-02-15

The Mercedes-Benz W113-series brought us three great cars, the 230 SL, the 250 SL and the 280 SL. The last one, and the best one, is truly a piece of automotive history. While the two other models were great they both saw some changes for the better when it got upgraded to the 280 SL. The engine got more powerful and more fun to drive. These three models were the product of some sort of merging between the legendary 300 SL and the 190 SL. The 300 SL were the expensive high-performance type of car and the 190 SL more affordable and suitable for weekend cruising. The W113 roadster chassis that replaced them was an attractive compromise of performance and affordability.

This fine example of the 280 SL has just undergone a complete nut-and-bolt restoration to impeccable standards by factory-trained technicians in Duren, Germany and then painted in a attractive Mercedes-Benz Medium Blue, with an off-white hardtop and matching off-white wheel covers. Even the engine has been picked apart and assembled again with only the finest bits and parts. Overall, this 280 SL is identical in condition and appearance to the way it would have been presented in the showroom when new, and the color combination is among the most desirable and attractive.

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'

Photos: RM Sothebys