First class 280 SL Benz pagoda with the proven 2.8 liter-engine and manual transmission. With the 5-speed gearbox ideal for cruising, but also for longer trips at a reasonable travel speed. In this condition and with this equipment, it can still give its owner great pleasure.
Type280 SL Pagoda
Time of production1968-1971
SteeringLeft hand drive
Engine6 Cylinder in a row
Engine Power 125kW 170HP
ExtrasWhitewall tires, Radio Becker, wind deflector, stainless steel exhaust, adjustable chassis, optional bag set
Or what was it actually like in those days?
As the successor to the almost too long-built 190 SL, the pagoda series at the suggestion of the Mercedes sales department was developed to meet the increased customer and market demands for greater engine power, more comfort, higher active and passive safety and more interior space. When the pagoda was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963, groundbreaking, innovative safety elements found entrance into the Mercedes-Benz series – such as the rigid passenger compartment, the defined crumple zones front and rear, a telescopic steering column with baffle, an interior without edges and corners and radial tires and belts as an optional element. For the motorization only six-cylinder engines were installed. The 280 SL became the top model of the series. The popular name pagoda results from the appearance of the concave curved hardtops, an ingenious design concept to improve the available space, the all-round view and the enlargement of the interior.
Or how it really is.
After years in the USA, the pagoda returned to Europe in 2010 and had extensively been restored optically and technically to the highest standard. The Pagoda presents itself in a top condition. The Mercedes-Benz data card and a valuation report are is available.
Or what is it like to drive?
With its 2.8-liter engine and the 5-speed gearbox, the pagoda can effortlessly reach the top speed of 200 km / h even today. However, it would be a shame to make use of it due to its collector status. The solid, stiff construction, the proven, durable technology, the class optics in different shades of blue, the good performance, the first-class equipment and the secured spare part location can delight a future owner for many decades to come. In its class, it is an ideal investment, a valuable collection enrichment and / or a vehicle for enjoyable, comfortable exits and travels.