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1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda
This 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL “Pagoda” is a matching-numbers, Australian-delivered example which has had only two owners since new. Under the bonnet is a naturally-aspirated 2.8-litre inline-six-cylinder engine which produces 125kW/244Nm. Outputs are sent through a four-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. The odometer of this car currently shows 99,743 miles.
First starting out as a sports car and gradually becoming more of a luxury grand tourer in later years, the Mercedes-Benz SL is a category-spanning vehicle. The W113 “Pagoda” blends the best parts of sports and luxury into the one gorgeous Paul Bracq design. The SL Pagoda is famous for integrating a proper a passenger safety cell with designated crumple zones – the W113 is one of the reasons behind Mercedes’ renowned safety reputation. The W113 was commonly specified as a roadster, but a removable hard-top was a popular option in period. This car is a “California Coupe”, which is characterised by a 2+2 seating configuration and equips only the removable hard-top. In place of the soft-top is a fold-down rear bench seat. It’s also the most powerful 280SL variant.
This Mercedes-Benz SL is finished in white with a black-trimmed interior. The exterior is adorned by chrome trim while the cabin features woodgrain elements and a body-coloured dash plate. There are no obvious aftermarket modifications made to this car and it retains its original colour combination, albeit repainted. The car rides on a set of 15-inch Mercedes-Benz hubcap wheels with Elite tyres.
Built in Stuttgart, Germany and delivered new to its first owner in Perth, this 280SL has had just two owners since new. All servicing has been completed by official Mercedes-Benz dealers or specialist Mercedes independents. The car is said to be mechanically-solid with no issues. The last service was completed in 2020 by Amstar – it hasn’t been driven regularly since. The car underwent a repaint in 2016 and its interior was refreshed with new woodgrain trim in 2020.
Exterior condition is well presented for a vehicle of its age. The white paintwork appears without noticeable imperfection and shines nicely in the light. Likewise, the chrome exterior detailing is polished to a bright glean. The owner notes a small chip on the bonnet which was caused by a poor bonnet alignment – this alignment is now rectified. Small surface scratching is seen on the chrome wheel rim, while some paint is flaking on the rear left wheel.
Inside the cabin shows in fair order. The black seats retain a good shape and show no tears or creases. Door card trims appear with minimal wear and tear, while the dash appears in fine condition with integrated Becker Grand Prix radio. Woodgrain trim of the centre console and dash was replaced just a few years ago. The headlining and carpeting both show no tears or major marks.
This car will come with original books and manuals, plus a full history folder.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria until 15/4/23. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as written off or stolen.
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