The Mercedes SL’s have long represented the pinnacle of two-seater, open-topped Mercedes motoring. Mostly they have been superlative tourers rather than scalpel-sharp driving machines, but that doesn’t make them any less desirable. In fact, it makes them more sought after. The focus lies on usability, so you get a decent level of practicality, comfort and performance to make long-distance drives an effortless affair.
In all of its various forms the W113, designed by French designer Paul Braq, must be one of the most aspirational classics available. Due to its unique concave hardtop shape, it got its nickname ‘Pagoda’ which makes one think of roofs from Far Eastern temples.
Unlike the original 300SL, which was a preserve of the super-rich and famous, the Pagoda was far more accessible, and became a huge commercial success for its maker. Originally available in 1963 with a six-cylinder 2.3-litre engine (230SL), the range expanded to include the 250SL (1967) and finally the 280SL (launched in 1968), giving the tourer extra power & torque.With softer suspension, better seats and a stronger engine featuring seven main bearings, the 280SL is the most developed Pagoda of the three.
Now Marreyt Classic Cars is happy to be offering an automatic 280SL from 1968. It was delivered new in France and is therefore a European version with the corresponding positive points: longer gear ratio, European headlights, no side skirts, no emission standards,...
It benefitted from a restoration once which braught this Pagoda to a very nice standard as can be seen in the detailed extended photoshoot. Originally in Midnight Blue, one has chosen for a Maroon red with beige interior and this 280SL has a rare option can be found in the back: the rare third seat ! Resides in Belgium since 2011, and was driven very little since (±600km). ! The original hardtop (also restored) is present with the car.
A well sorted classic Mercedes cannot do without an original ‘Becker Europa’ radio and the additional ’Hirschmann’ telescopic antenna. The steering wheel may be on the large side, but it does exactly what you want it to do thanks to the optional power steering option. The automatic gearbox does its work flawless and super-smooth, the engine hums beautifully, there are no crazy squeaks or creaks and the suspension feels nicely balanced and sporty in a pleasant way. This car doesn't feel like it was designed in the early '60s !
Not a fan of automatics ? We are also offering a complete and freshly restored manual 230SL !
And the good news is that both of them are on display together in our Experience Room in Knokke Belgium, so don’t hesitate and come & see, feel and hear them in the flesh !
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