Mercedes-Benz 280 SL (W113)
This late production Model Year 1970 280SL was sold new in southern California to a brand enthusiast who kept the car until February 2014 when it was purchased by Mercedes-Benz Classic in remarkable rust-free condition. The subsequent, complete “nut and bolt” restoration by Mercedes-Benz Classic covered all aspects of the car including body, full interior, full driveline, i.e. engine, transmission, driveshaft, rear axle, full suspension, electrical system, etc. Special attention was paid to authenticity in detail, down to the original specification “Phoenix” whitewall tires.
This ‘matching numbers’ car presents in a factory correct combination of Moss Green metallic (DB 834), Cognac (250) leather interior, Brown (8008) carpeting and a Dark Green (747) soft top. The exterior lighting of the car now shows in European specification for added appeal and as a nod to the original design brilliance of Paul Bracq.
This newly restored Classic Mercedes-Benz represents the highest level of craftsmanship at Mercedes-Benz Classic in Irvine, California.
Daimler-Benz introduced the W113 ‘Pagoda‘ SL series in 1963 with the 230 SL to replace both the 300 and 190 SL models. The new SL presented a synthesis of the two previous models and set new standards in driving dynamics and safety. It was the first sports car ever with a rigid passenger cell along with front and rear crumple zones. And with its distinctive concave-shaped hard top, this new roadster was quickly nicknamed the ‘Pagoda‘.
The 230 SL was replaced by the 250 SL in 1967 and then the 280 SL in 1968. Production of the ‘Pagoda’ series SL ended in 1971 when Mercedes-Benz presdented its successor model, the R107-series SL.