1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
Chassis no. 113044-12-022076
2,778cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
170bhp at 5,700rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Freshly refurbished 280SL
*Delivered new in Tobacco Brown
*Optioned with both soft and hard top
The Mercedes-Benz W113
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, the 230SL - or W113 as the model range was internally labeled at Mercedes-Benz was really a completely new car through and through. A truly modern car for its time and constructed to the high level of craftsmanship expected from a Mercedes-Benz product, the model quickly became a very popular sporty 2-seater among the elite. Mercedes-Benz would call the W113 "a Grand Tourer in the traditional sense" and "a unique combination of sports car performance and saloon car comfort." Many of the design and technical features were industry firsts, including the hard-top designed to withstand the cars weight for safety reasons, and with a distinct design from where the W113 series got the nickname 'Pagoda'.
After the 230SL came the 250SL, which had about 200cc more cubic centimeter capacity than its predecessor; after that, both were replaced by the ultimate evolution, the 280SL, which was introduced in 1967. The enlarged 2.8-liter 6-cylinder SOHC now produced 170 horsepower, and the car was outfitted with disc brakes in all four corners. The classic Pagoda models are becoming increasingly collectible, featuring exceptional build quality and low maintenance, easy access to spare parts and all around just a great collectors car.
The Motorcar Offered
This example was built late in the series for the model and as such carries desirable specified features such as an electric heated rear window for its hard top. Decoding its build plate confirms it to have originally been delivered in the desired scheme of Herberts Tobacco Brown with a matched hard top. With automatic transmission and power steering, it carried one external rear view mirror and had a Becker Radio. Not listed on its specification but likely an early additional feature is its FrigiKing air-conditioning, one of a handful of brands that were commonly fitted by selling agents around the country.
In the last few years its owners report that the car has been subjected to a sympathetic refurbishment with new paint, attention to the interior including new wood, while mechanically the car received a full engine tune and engine bay detailing, new exhaust, new tires and thorough servicing of all systems. As a result today the Mercedes presents in very tidy order.
To drive one of these iconic 'Pagoda' Mercedes is a clear reminder of how far ahead of their contemporaries the company really was. It provides an aesthetic classic with a surprisingly modern driving experience, and it is easy to see why these cars are so well appreciated for these attributes.