1973 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda
Chassis No: 11304422016252
Ever since the evocative Gullwing and its Roadster brethren, the letters SL have held special significance for Mercedes-Benz fans. Toss in the moniker ‘Pagoda’ and you have one of the most iconic classic cars of the 1960s.
The company’s new Paul Bracq-designed SL gained its nickname thanks to the concave roofline of its hardtop. Yet it was first and foremost a soft-top with glorious even-handed lines, thanks to its designer’s light touch with his pencil.
A new safety body – incorporating a strong passenger compartment, with energy absorbing crumple zones at either end – based on a truncated 220 floor pan was endowed with a swing axle rear end and double wishbone front suspension.
Engines came in a variety of sizes, initially 2.3-litre (148bhp) then 2.5-litre (150bhp) and finally 2.8-litre (170bhp). All were 120mph cars but delivery of power was more of the smooth cruising school, than that of a tarmac shredder.
The great and the good lapped them up. If ever there was a car made purposely for the beautiful people, then this is it. And today it still holds the same charming allure that it did back in period.
Fiennes Showroom are pleased to offer for sale a very sought after Mercedes Pagoda 280SL California Coupe which is finished in bright red with black seats and red carpets.
The bodywork presents in good condition with minor imperfections that certainly does not detract from the overhaul presentation.
The interior is also in good original condition with age related patina.
The engine and gearbox performs and runs very well.
The history file is very comprehensive with a large number of invoices from Huddersfield Garages ltd.
MWV54J was looked after in later years by John Haynes and Fiennes Restoration. The most recent works carried out by ourselves was a brake overhaul, major service, new wiper motor and brake servo, new door seals and main roof seals.
The original hand book is present along with a Haynes manual and previous MOT' s