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Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts have long revered the Pagoda series of SL convertibles that debuted in 1963, not only for their sensational Paul Bracq- designed proportions, but also for their sturdy and spirited performance. Because the cars were so easily interchangeable as both daily drivers and show-worthy beauty queens, the Pagoda SL models often experienced a significant amount of in-period use, making this modestly used and nicely restored example a refreshing find.
While little is currently known of the early history of this 280 SL, it is optioned with factory air-conditioning, and a Becker Mexico radio. Restored in the mid-2000s, this car continues to feature all of the original US-specification equipment, including the headlamps, a rare choice considering that many restorers opt to replace these components with their European- style counterparts.
With a beautiful interior of blue MB-Tex upholstery complemented by a deep finish in white paint, the SL’s original color scheme is elegantly rounded out by a dark blue soft- top. The hardtop issued by the factory is also included. The fine restoration continues to pay dividends today, with the paint and chrome still displaying remarkable shine, and the upholstery and wood accents showing great quality and very little patina.
In August 2007, the freshly restored and minimally used 280 SL was offered at Pebble Beach, where it was purchased by the consignor, an enthusiast residing in California. Obtaining California black license plates for the car, a charming nod to the Golden State’s motoring past, the consignor drove the Mercedes-Benz very sparingly over the ensuing six years, with less than 1,000 miles accrued during this time.
Ideally garaged during these years, this 280 SL has recently undergone a basic service and currently displays approximately 49,700 miles. The car is optimally primed to be enjoyed for the SL’s sporty driving characteristics. Also perfect for local car meets and Mercedes-Benz gatherings, this beautifully appointed convertible offers easy entry to the ranks of SL ownership, clearly embodying the strengths of two decades of Stuttgart’s postwar convertible development.