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Featuring chiseled, athletic styling penned by noted designer Paul Bracq, comprehensive advanced safety features engineered by Béla Barényi, and driving dynamics that remain impressive today, the W113 Mercedes-Benz 230/250/280 SL line ranks among the finest sporting cars ever created. The final and most refined development of the “Pagoda” series – nicknamed after its distinctively shaped hard top – is the 280 SL, built from late 1967 to March 1971.
As one of only 830 examples built for the final 1971 model year, this very attractive and well-preserved 280 SL roadster clearly benefits from the attentive care it has received throughout its lifetime, including selective refurbishment as required. In 2010, the 280 SL was acquired by a California marque specialist who serviced and detailed it before it was sold. Additional cosmetic improvements and mechanical refreshing undertaken later in 2011 included a high-quality repaint in its original Horizon Blue (DB 304) and replacement of numerous items with factory NOS parts. More recently, the engine bay was carefully detailed and the interior was handsomely re-trimmed in blue as needed. Desirable features and options include a four-speed automatic gearbox, air-conditioning, AM/FM radio, bumper guards, headrests, and both hard and soft tops. Accompanied by a tool kit and owner’s manuals, this 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagoda” represents a simply wonderful example of a timeless and immensely enjoyable modern European classic automobile.