Mercedes Benz 1971 280SL ?Pagoda?
Offered for sale- a stunning, clean, mechanically sound, matching numbers and very rare -only 520 exported to the US -1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL -?Pagoda?.
In 1963 Mercedes introduced the W113 chassis on which an all-new SL was built. The new SL line was a complete departure from the 190SL (W121) and a different car compared to the 300SL (W198). The body was designed by Paul Braq and was offered with both a soft top and, as an option, a removable hard top.
The design of the hardtop incorporates a concave roof shape and when viewed from the front resembles a Japanese Pagoda. Thus Pagoda became the adopted name for the series of three generations ? 230SL, 250SL and 280 SL. Production on the W113 ended in the spring of 1971, eight years after its introduction, with the new R107 chassis.
Production of the 280SL started in 1967. A total of 23,885 cars were produced during 1967-1971 and 12,927 were destined for the US. In 1971, according to MB records, only 830 of the 280SL were built before switching over to the R107 chassis- making this a rare car. Information obtained from www.mercedes-benz.com/classic-center.
In 1968 the 280SL got an engine upgrade to a bored/stroked 2.8 liter version of the Bosh-injected inline six. The majority of production was with the four- speed automatic transmission. In the time of the W113 production, Mercedes did not offer factory installed air-conditioning in Germany. But there was demand for it in the US and it became a dealer installed option. For the 280SL the approved a/c was a unit mounted under the dashboard with the brand name of ?FrigiKing?. It was made in the US by Artic Air.
This 1971 280SL is a one family owner car; it comes with two tops (soft and hard) and a stand for the hard top. It was restored in 1997. The body was repainted to the Mercedes Dark Olive Green body color. The black soft top and black interior were also restored as was the green hard top. Included are the car /roof covers and stand. The car is equipped with an automatic transmission, power steering, six cylinder engine, period correct thin white wall tires, Mercedes full hub-caps, dealer installed original ?FrigKing?, Becker stereo radio. The trunk carries a spare tire and the Mercedes tool kit plus a jack.
This particular example remains extremely original with an interior, instruments and dash all in good and working order. This rare 1971 280SL drives and performs beautifully. On the exterior the paint is in good condition and the panel fit is good all around. This car has been taken care of very well and can continue to provide many pleasures to its owner.
The market continues to rise on the Pagoda, especially one in as good condition as this one. No collector would want to be without this fine wonderfully driving classic.