Type280 SL Pagoda
Time of production1968-1971
SteeringLeft hand drive
Engine6 Cylinder in a row
Engine Power 125kW 170HP
ExtrasAutomatic transmission, White wall tires, Radio Becker, Hardtop, Windbreak, center arm rest, luggage set, Power steering
Availabilityavailable On demand - Vehicle is still under restoration
Or what was that really like?
As a successor to the 190 SL the Pagode 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 Pagode, 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 vehicle is currently being restored.
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.