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The most coveted version of the legendary Mercedes W113 Pagoda top series!

The Mercedes-Benz W113 was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 as a replacement for the 300 SL and 190 SL. 48,912 were produced from 1963 to 1971, and 19,440 of them were sold in the USA. They were developed under the leadership of Mercedes-Benz technical director Fritz Nallinger, chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and styling manager Friedrich Geiger. The main designers were Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi, who created the patented, slightly concave hardtop that inspired the nickname "Pagoda".


All models were equipped with an in-line six-cylinder engine with fuel injection. The bonnet, trunk lid, door trim and tarpaulin were made of aluminum for weight reasons. A comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with excellent suspension, strong brakes and radial tires, gave the W113 excellent handling. The characteristic upright Bosch headlights "fishbowl" and the simple chrome grill, dominated by the big star in the nose panel, were a tribute to the 300 SL Roadster. W113 SL were typically configured as a "coupe / roadster" with a hood and a removable hardtop. The 280SL was introduced in December 1967 and was in production until February 23, 1971, when the W113 was replaced by its successor, the completely new and much heavier R107.


Over the years, the W113 has evolved from a sports car to a comfortable Grand Tourer. In addition, US models were usually equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission and air conditioning. Manual transmission models were delivered with the standard 4-speed or the optional ZF 5-speed. The main change was an upgrade of the (2.8 l) M130 engine with 170 hp maximum output and 180 lbft maximum torque, which finally gave the W113 sufficient power. Each engine was now tested on the test bench for two hours before installation, so that its performance specification was finally guaranteed. When the 280SL of the next SL generation with the designation R107 gave way, it had firmly established itself as one of the best cars of the Stuttgart company. With elegant design, excellent performance and incomparable workmanship, the SL series from 1963 to 1971 are solid collector's items.


On December 12, 1969, Ms. Rachel Koury and her 67 Mercedes 230 SL visited John H. Butts Motors in Santa Barbara, California, to upgrade to a brand new 1970s model 280 SL with automatic and power steering. The new vehicle was partially funded by the Santa Barbara National Bank. For reasons unknown to us, the car was immediately passed on to Ms. Shirley Greening, who owned it until she could no longer safely operate her little gem. Original bill of sale, window stickers and financial papers are available, as well as the data card, the service book, the operating and parts manual etc. Mrs. Greening had moved to Arizona at the time and had given the Mercedes to her son. He took ownership on paper for legal reasons and sold it to the next owner in 2005.


It is essentially a 2-owner vehicle. To this day, the car looks wonderful when it drives down the street. It shows timeless elegance and subtle colors light beige (181) & black (040) & black MB Tex (131) interior. Automatic transmission and power steering make the 280 SL a pleasure and attract more admiration than envy. The glass and the chrome elements are excellent. The interior and the fabric convertible top are in good condition and mechanically solid. Spare wheel, jack, chuck and tool kit are also still available.


This Pagoda Top Mercedes was used in California, as well as in South Dakota and Arizona. It was repaired and serviced at any time, except for a few repairs to the Kienzle watch. The odometer at this point shows 7,130 miles. In 2012, just 330 miles ago, the engine was rebuilt by Metric Motors in California and then by MB Motors in Phoenix.


It was the owners who ran, drove, were proud and happy before a Pagoda Top Mercedes became a collector or an investment. Whatever you thought was important, it was done to maintain its appearance.


The car is solid, with straight lines, good fit and good gaps. A great car with great driveability and a beautiful appearance for almost half the price of a perfect example, the smile per mile will easily outweigh the money spent.


Brand: Mercedes-Benz

Model: SL 280

First registration: 1970

Condition: very good

Body shape: convertible

Color: Black

Interior color: black full leather

Drive: Left-hand drive


  • Automatic transmission

  • Power steering

  • Rear wheel drive

  • Mechanically perfect

  • Well-kept papers

  • Fabric top in good condition

  • Chrome and glass in great condition

  • Great interior

  • Light Beige (181) & Black (040) & Black MB Tex (131)


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