Lot 204

Monterey 2019

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'


$240,800 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Monterey, California



Chassis No.
  • Excellent recent concours-quality restoration
  • Finished in unusual yet very catching colors
  • Factory air-conditioning and automatic transmission
  • Includes manuals, tools, and ‘Pagoda’ hardtop

The 280 SL roadsters are without a doubt at the very sweet spot of the Mercedes-Benz model range. They remain affordable despite rapidly increasing values over recent years and are extremely stylish, reliable, and competent enough to be used for pleasure on a frequent basis. The elegant and understated styling of these roadsters, penned by designer and artist Paul Bracq, made the model a desirable accessory for young Hollywood celebrities in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This stunning 280 SL, finished in rare and unusual Moss Green Metallic over Palomino tan leather, is exceedingly attractive with its matching dark green soft top and requisite ‘Pagoda’ hardtop. The 280 SL is fresh off an 18-month comprehensive restoration with no part overlooked. The car was thoroughly disassembled in preparation for its nut-and-bolt restoration, in which it received an all-new interior with new leather and trim. The engine was likewise fully restored and properly detailed. The Pagoda was then sent to 280 SL expert Tony LaBella for thorough sorting to ensure that the car was correct and concours-ready down to the smallest detail.

Included with both a soft top and a removable hardtop, this car is most practical and enjoyable in all weather. With both tops and the optional factory-installed air-conditioning, this exceptional 280 SL can be enjoyed at Mercedes-Benz concours events, where it is sure to excel, or on long, comfortable road trips in any weather.