Lot 106

Monterey 2023

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'


$229,600 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



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  • Powered by matching-numbers engine
  • Presents in factory colors of Horizon Blue over Blue MB-Tex
  • Formerly part of the famed Phil Lutfy Collection
  • Accompanied by data card, a collection of invoices, owner’s manuals, radio manuals, and a parts catalog
  • A well-preserved original example
Addendum: Please note the title for this lot is in transit. A 4-6 week delay is expected.

The elegant styling and undeniable appeal of the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagoda” made the German two-seater popular at the time of its first availability in the 1960s, and its long-lasting charm has sustained demand as a coveted collector car since. Introduced in 1963 as the 230 SL, the new-generation W113 Mercedes roadster was designed by Paul Bracq; the model earned its “Pagoda” nickname thanks to the distinctive concave removeable hardtop that owners could equip for all-weather driving. The 280 SL represents the last iteration of the beloved W113 model. It is noticeably enhanced with a larger-displacement 2.8-liter version of the inline-six engine and other refinements over its predecessors.

The 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagoda” on offer is a wonderfully preserved example of this beloved automobile. According to the data card on file, the roadster left the factory finished in the rarely specified and lovely Horizon Blue over a Blue MB-Tex interior, a combination still seen on the car today. Additional equipment includes power steering, a Frigiking air conditioning unit, a Becker Europa radio, a hard top, and safety belts.

Validating the quality of this 280 SL, the roadster bears the distinction of having been previously part of a significant Mercedes-Benz collection put together by Phil Lutfy of Phoenix, Arizona. A dedicated connoisseur of the marque, Mr. Lutfy was committed to procuring the very best examples of the Stuttgart firm’s most desirable automobiles. Records on file indicate it was present within this fine assembly of automobiles as early as 2012 but found new ownership in 2019. The vehicle has remained in remarkable original condition, having never undergone a restoration. It benefits from a beautifully preserved interior and an exterior that, according to paint meter readings, appears to be the original finish with only minor touch ups.

Within the accompanying documentation, a collection of invoices displays the high level of care spent on this “Pagoda,” with much of the work being completed by Mercedes-Benz Phoenix Motor Company. Additionally, the car is offered with owner’s manuals, radio manuals, and a parts catalog.

With distinguished ownership, a well-preserved condition, and documented maintenance history, this 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagoda” is certainly one example not to pass by.