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Desirably optioned with power steering and a Becker radio, this beautiful Pagoda SL is believed to have been retailed originally to a Beverly Hills owner. In the early 1980s, the car was purchased by a Mr. Long of Colorado, and it remained in his family’s possession for more than 30 years.
In late 2011, Mr. Long’s son, Dale, commissioned a comprehensive two-year restoration carried out by the respected Farland Classic Restoration in Englewood, Colorado, including an engine rebuild by marque expert Bill Darling of Denver. A new interior in proper cognac leather and a new soft top were installed, and the exterior was refinished in Tunis Beige, resulting in a particularly distinctive color scheme. During restoration, the 280 SL was upgraded to the more elegant European cosmetic configuration, featuring one-piece headlamp covers and no side markers or bumper guards. NOS items were used wherever possible, and many components were sourced from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California.
Following display at the 2015 Santa Fe Concorso, this exceptional 280 SL was acquired by the consignor, and it has since been treated to further fine-tuning by the Classic Center, with focus on the electrical system. Finding a more exactingly restored example of the final Pagoda SL would be a rare feat, and this car would be an exciting acquisition for any MercedesBenz enthusiast.