1968 MERCEDES 280SL PAGODA

1968 MERCEDES BENZ 280SL PAGODA EXTENSIVELY PREPARED FOR TOURING IN EUROPE WITH ADDED BENEFIT OF AIR CONDITIONING

Vehicle Description

DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1968 | COLOUR: PAPYRUS WHITE (DB717) | HARDTOP DARK OLIVE (DB291) | INTERIOR TRIM: DARK GREEN (134) | PRICE: £110,000

LUX CLASSICS ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER THIS 1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL LEFT HAND DRIVE, AUTOMATIC, ORIGINAL USA DELIVERED PAGODA PURCHASED BY ITS CURRENT OWNER FROM A FRIEND IN EUROPE & COMES WITH A LUX CLASSICS FULL ENGINE, TRANSMISSION, MECHANICAL REBUILDS, AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATION & COSMETIC WORKS.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Air Conditioning
• History file
• Matching numbers
• Copy data card
• Matching Factory Exterior Colour Scheme Paypyrus White Code 717
• Matching factory Hardtop Colour Scheme Dark Olive Code 291 complimented by New Dark Olive Mohair soft top Code 747
• Engine, Automatic Transmission rebuilds, mechanical & cosmetic upgrades including Air Conditioning by Lux Classics totaling £150,000 in the last few years.
• Becker Europa II Stereo
• Power steering & Automatic Transmission
• Dealer code 706 indicating a USA Delivery

Manufacturer completion date of 29 November 1968 with original USA delivery, this Pagoda is presented in its original factory delivered colour of scheme of Papyrus White exterior paintwork complimented by Dark Olive hardtop & Dark Olive soft top.

Currently on a personalised registration plate which is not part of the sale.

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MODEL HISTORY
The 230SL (W113) was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 as a replacement for its predecessors, the 190SL and 300SL. The 230SL was updated in November 1966 to the 250SL and in November 1967 to the last production series as a 280SL.

With its inwardly facing roof curvature and many analogies with Far Eastern Temples, these models soon became better known as the ‘Pagoda’. They were however relatively easy to get in and out of due the tall nature of the roof. The W113’s clean, elegant straight lines typify the work of its lead designer - the legendary Paul Bracq. It had virtually nothing in common with its predecessors, with only the chassis based on that of the 220SE (W111) saloon modified to offer a sportier feel. It was available as a convertible with a hard top and soft folding roof.

The bonnet was styled with a slight bulge to accommodate the straight six cylinder engine, again developed from that in the saloon. Developing 148 hp for the 230SL and 168 hp for the 280SL with mechanical multi-port fuel injection it produced a very smooth power delivery. It was offered with standard four-speed manual, or an optional extra four-speed automatic transmission too, and later with the ZF five-speed manual transmission.

With recirculating ball steering, a dual-circuit brake system, gas-filled shock absorbers and radial ply tyres, it offered a sporty feeling with exceptional handling due to its taut chassis, but also a very compliant ride too. The Pagoda was the first ever sports car to come with a ‘safety body’. It had a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones with impact-absorbing front and rear sections built into the vehicle structure.

The Pagoda proved to be a sound foundation for all subsequent SLs: An exceptional blend of good performance with the highest levels of comfort, with some 48,912 built between 1963 and 1971.

ARRANGE A VIEWING
This vehicle is available for viewing in the UK on an appointment basis, and would suit an enthusiast or collector with whom this vehicle will represent a good acquisition opportunity.

WARRANTY & FINANCE AVAILABLE

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