Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
17 - 18 January 2019
Lot 247

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda' Custom


$196,000 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona



Chassis No.
  • Recently completed comprehensive restoration
  • Updated with modern Mercedes-Benz drivetrain, suspension, and brakes
  • Stunning triple-black color scheme
  • Accompanied by soft top and ‘Pagoda’ hardtop

If ever there was a sheep in wolf’s clothing, this 1970 280 SL is it. Lurking under the skin of this striking triple-black classic is a contemporary Mercedes-Benz drivetrain that transforms this car’s performance from pedestrian to exciting.

The current owner of this 280 SL desired the power and handling capabilities of a late-model Mercedes-Benz without altering the original classic esthetics. To this end, the car was brought to a Mercedes-Benz specialist to merge the old with the new. The project started with a complete disassembly of the 280 SL and the acquisition of a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430.

Much more than just an engine swap, the transformation of this car’s modern mechanical metamorphosis took over two years to complete. The original inline 2.8-liter six-cylinder, 168-hp engine was removed and replaced with the CLK 430’s powerful 4.3-liter, 24-valve V-8 producing 275 hp at 5,750 rpm and 295 foot-pounds of torque delivering power to a five-speed automatic transmission. The suspension system was significantly upgraded, including utilizing the rear sub-frame of the 430 CLK and related suspension components. In an effort to retain the original look of the 280 SL, a set of custom-made 16-in. rims were created, allowing the use of the factory wheel covers while making use of the 430 CLK’s effective four-wheel disk brakes. The refurbished interior features sumptuous black leather, modern air-conditioning, and Bluetooth-enabled stereo system that retains the classic look and feel of the 280 SL. Both the ‘Pagoda’ removable hardtop and a soft top are included with the car.

The result is an exceptional Mercedes-Benz that artfully blends the old-world charm of the original 1970 280 SL with the modern performance and reliability of a newer car. This uniquely crafted Mercedes-Benz is ideally suited for daily use, touring, and long-distance road trips that can be enjoyed in style, comfort, and confidence.