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The 280 SL was the final model in the charismatic series of the W113 Pagoda SLs, so named due to the gentle, concave lines of the factory hardtop roof. The 280 appeared at the end of 1967 and continued in production until early 1971. The crisp lines of the body, credited to the designer Paul Bracq, clothed an enlarged inline six-cylinder engine of 2,778 cc, producing 180 bhp.
Finished in White Grey (DB 158), with the popular optional extras of an automatic transmission and whitewall tires, this particular 280 SL has been under the same ownership for most of its life. Although the car’s first owner is unknown, the second owner bought the car in the early 1970s from Heinz Gietz Autohaus in La Jolla, California, an authorized Mercedes-Benz service facility. The car is accompanied by its original service booklet with all the stamps present and a wealth of invoices showing the servicing and repair work Heinz Gietz Autohaus undertook over many years. In addition, the second owner kept handwritten notes of his journeys, including mileages.
The current and third owner has had the car for the past three years, with the odometer showing less than 39,000 miles at the time of cataloguing. Upon recent inspection, it appears to be in incredibly original condition, including paint surfaces, interior, carpets, wood, and chrome. It is one of the finest 280 SLs Gooding & Company has had the pleasure of offering for sale. This is a rare low-mileage example of an alluring Mercedes-Benz classic.