Mercedes Benz

280 SL Pagoda 1968

Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagode in a very attractive colour combination.

Mercedes Benz 280 SL Pagode

ManufacturerMercedes Benz

Type280 SL Pagoda

Vehicle ID1151

Time of production1968-1971

Model year1968

SteeringLeft hand drive

ExteriorSilver metallic (DB 180)

InteriorLeather Red

Engine6 Cylinder in a row

Engine Matching NumberYes

Cylinder2.778 ccm

Engine Power 125kW 170HP

ExtrasRadio Becker, Hardtop, Original 'Pappdeckelbrief'

Warranty1-year warranty

Price189.500 EURO


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The era

Or what was it actually like in back then?
As a successor to the 190 SL the Pagoda series was to meet the customer requests for a more powerful engine, more comfort, higher active and passive safety and more interior space. In the 1960s, the awareness for better safety measures in road traffic increased significantly. Mercedes was one of the pioneers in this field and increased its efforts to improve the passive safety of vehicles. With the Pagoda, presented at the 1963 Geneva International Motor Show, trend-setting safety elements were introduced to the SL series: stiff passenger compartments, defined front and rear crumble zones, telescopic columns with a collapsible collar, passenger compartment without edges or corners, radial tyres and safety belts as special equipment. The 280 SL was the top model of the series. The popular name Pagode came from the look of the concave domed hardtop, a concept for improving the available space, the panoramic view and enlargement of the passenger compartment.

The condition

Or how it really is.
After a restoration including mechanics and optics, this 280 SL impresses with its excellent condition. All gaps and surfaces are flawless. The entire technology is in very good condition. The look: Metallic silver on the outside and red leather on the inside – simply great either open or closed. Engine matching number. Exterior colour (DB180) matches to specifications on Mercedes-Benz data card.

The performance

Or what is it like to drive?
With the 2.8 litre engine it is the dynamic representative of the Pagode series and still easily reaches its 200 km/h top speed. The solid, stiff construction, the proven, long-lasting technology, the class look, the good running performance and its workshop friendliness can bring joy to a future owner for decades to come. Its running performance, its safety concept and the especially comprehensive extra equipment make it an ideal classic touring car, but it could also enrich a collection. With its optimum condition value increases are inevitable.