Lot 311

Driving into Summer

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'


$60,000 - $70,000 USD | Not Sold

United States | Van nuys, California



Chassis No.
  • A timeless Paul Bracq-designed 280 SL
  • Finished in its original colors of Beige Grey over Tobacco Brown MB Tex
  • Includes original owners’ manuals and tool kit

Introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1963 to replace both the aging and expensive 300 SL, as well as the more affordable 190 SL, the Paul Bracq-designed W113 SL, dubbed the ‘Pagoda’ for its uniquely shaped roof, provided a fantastic compromise between performance, practicality, and affordability. Offered with three different engine options, the range-topping 280 SL boasted a 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection providing 180 bhp on tap. It proved to be the most popular of the trio, and 23,885 examples were produced between 1967 and 1971.

This 280 SL was sold new as a US-specification model in 1970 finished exactly as you see it today, painted Beige Gray (DB 726H) over a Tobacco Brown MB Tex interior. It was equipped with the optional automatic transmission and outfitted with dealer-installed air conditioning prior to delivery. The car was recently acquired by its present owner and currently resides in southern California. Previous service records on file show that the car resided in the Northeast for at least the last 15 years, with the last oil change in November 2018. The 280 SL has been driven less than 50 miles since.

Today, the car presents beautifully throughout and appears to be well preserved for its age. Reliable, practical, and boasting timeless styling, W113-generation SLs will never go out of style, and for good reason. This example would make for a lovely driver to enjoy around town.