Pagoda' models of Mercedes-Benz's long-standing SL Series have long since been a favourite of collectors the world over, especially in its final iteration - the 280, as offered here. And what a fine-looking, 'matching numbers' specimen this example is. It benefits from having lived most of its life in the relatively rust-free environment of California before being imported to the UK in 2015. It was subsequently placed in the hands of Norfolk Premier Coachworks of Norwich who brought the lighting in line with European specifications, overhauled both the steering and gearbox linkage, installed new suspension bushes, carried out a successful leak down test on the engine, undertook a full service, and also a full body respray.
Some £13,000 has evidently been invested in the Benz in the last 12 months, and the bodywork and underside are understood to have been in 'excellent' condition already. The vendor perhaps unsurprisingly now grades the car's bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, straight-six engine and four-speed automatic transmission as all being in 'excellent' order. He is now offering this lovely left-hand drive convertible ready for UK registration (ie with US title and HMRC documents and all import taxes paid), and complete with invoices from Norfolk Premier Coachworks for the work recently carried out, plus an MOT valid into September next year. Finished in a lustrous shade of Deep Red and trimmed in a contrasting tone of Brown, the Mercedes now seeks a new home worthy of its condition.
The 280SL was launched in 1968 and powered by a new seven-bearing crankshaft 2781cc straight-six engine that developed some 170bhp and 180lbft of torque. It was equipped with all-round independent suspension, power-assisted disc brakes and recirculating ball steering. Some 23,885 280SLs were reputedly made by the time production ceased in 1971, virtually half of which were exported to the USA.