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This beautifully presented example of the final Paul Bracq-designed Pagoda SL model benefits from a restoration by a marque expert of considerable renown. A more recent history of consistent care has resulted in a highly desirable Mercedes-Benz worthy of the most discriminating collections. Believed to have experienced an unblemished past, this 280 SL probably resided for some time in the forgivingly warm climate of the southeastern US before it was acquired by enthusiast George Valle of Naples, Florida.
During this period, this 280 SL was the subject of a comprehensive restoration by the esteemed Jurgen Klockemann, a dedicated Mercedes- Benz expert based in San Jose, California, who specializes in the open postwar models and has restored many important examples of the marque. Mr. Klockemann mechanically refurbished the fine SL, repainted the body in white, and installed a new interior of correct red leather.
More recently, the 280 SL has been maintained in a private collection based in San Antonio, Texas. In an effort to improve the car’s overall presentation and performance, the consignor opted for a sympathetic mechanical freshening by Peter Leinen’s German Auto Center in San Antonio. This work included installing new motor mounts and transmission mounts, re-coring the radiator, and rebuilding the oil cooler, thermostat, accelerator linkage, and wiper system. The brake lines were flushed and the brake booster was properly reinstalled, while a new master cylinder was added.
Ensuring proper operating condition, Mr. Leinen’s work has left the car ideally poised for the next owner to enjoy the classic SL’s smoothly powerful and luxurious open-air driving characteristics. As one of just 830 examples produced in 1971 and one of surely fewer still in existence today, this beautifully proportioned and exceptionally presented 280 SL offers a degree of rarity in addition to its fine looks and performance.
Desirably equipped with factory air- conditioning and accompanied by a matching factory hardtop, this outstanding example of the final and most powerful W113 roadster would make a beautiful acquisition for any Mercedes-Benz enthusiast or collector of open automobiles, promising enjoyable motoring and inexpensive entry to the esteemed ranks of SL ownership.