- Technical Specification
Our ID 10038 Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Model 280 SL Pagode Produced 1968-1971 Year 1968 Steering Left Hand Drive Exterior light blue metallic Interior leather light beige Engine 6 In-line Capacity 2.778 cc Power 125kW/170 hp Extras Automatic gearbox, white wall tyres, Becker Radio, hardtop in exterior colour Price 245.000 Euro Guarantee full one-year warranty
… or what was it actually like in those days?
In the 60s, awareness grew for better safety measures on the road. Mercedes was one of the pioneers of this cause and stepped up its research and development to improve the passive safety of vehicles. The results were presented at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show when pioneering safety features were incorporated in their SL series: rigid passenger compartment, defined crumple zones front and rear, telescopic steering column with impact absorber, an interior with no sharp edges and corners, radial tires and seat belts as optional accessories. Incidentally, the nickname Pagoda emerged due to the shape of the concavely-arched hardtop, a concept aimed at improving the available interior space. Only a few examples were built as right hand drivers.
…or how it really is. Original, given a facelift or fully restored?
The 280 SL RHD has been brought to UK as a showcar for Mercedes Benz Great Britain.
In 2017/2018 the entire vehicle has been subject to a total frame off restoration at the highest level. All the technology is in an excellent condition and the traditional look, metallic blue exterior and beige leather interior, is just brilliant. A comprehensive photographic documentation is available.
...or what is it like to drive?
With its 2,8 Litre-engine it is able to achieve a top speed of 200 km/h, which would be a pity in its perfect collectors condition. Its solid technique in combination with the great visual impact will enjoy its owner for many decades. An ideal investment, a valuable collectors enrichment or just a car for pleasurable journeys.