1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda
Right Hand Drive: Automatic Transmission & PAS
39,056 miles from new: 35 Years Long-term Ownership
Correct Matching Engine & Gearbox
The Paul Bracq-designed Mercedes-Benz 113 series succeeded both the 190SL and 300SL and made its public debut at the 1963 Geneva Auto Show. The first model, the 230SL, was a comfortable, well-equipped and compact two-seat sports touring machine that provided better performance than the 190SL. Instantly recognisable by virtue of their unique and strong detachable hardtop design, the cars were colloquially known as “Pagodas”
The 280SL was introduced in 1967 and powered by a new 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine that produced 180bhp, 20 horsepower more than the preceding 250SL's. The 280 SL, with its effortless power delivery has become the most sought-after of SL’s.
Our Right-Hand Drive 280SL was purchased new by Glen Precision Tools Ltd. of Hornchurch, Essex on the 6th May 1970. The accompanying original service book contains Harold Webb Motors Ltd. dealer stamps, also of Hornchurch Essex. The second keeper, Anthony Wilfred Gibbs, purchased the car in 1978 and during his custodianship the Mercedes was put in to storage for approximately 30 years. The last keeper, a Mercedes Benz collector, embarked on a recommissioning with marque specialists SS Motors who have maintained the car since. A bare-metal re-paint was also carried out, re-chroming of all brightwork and a new Mohair hood fitted by O’Keeffe Restoration.
Various documentation accompanying the car substantiates that the current speedo reading of 39,056 miles is believed to be correct from new. If so, probably one of the lowest mileage 280SL in existence.
This beautifully presented Mercedes-Benz comes with the following:
• Original service book stamped from 1971
• Original Owner’s Manual
• Original Parts Catalogue
• Original Wallet
• Original Dealer List & Maintenance Product Brochure
• Original Factory Data Card
• Tools and Roll
• Historical V5’s
• Original Keys
Long appreciated for its timeless style and excellent driving dynamics, this Mercedes-
Benz is both a valuable collector’s car and a very satisfying one to drive. Mercedes-Benz marketed this car as “the sum total of everything the Mercedes-Benz engineers have learned about high-performance sporting machinery.” Four decades later the 280SL represents the finest convertible ever made by Mercedes-Benz.
This stunning Mercedes-Benz is now available for viewing at our central London showrooms.