1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda
Less than 25k
miles on rebuilt engine; unleaded conversion; new sills, floors, carpets, seat
covers etc; automatic; power steering; Becker Europa radio with Alpine speakers;
current owner 13 years; a most appealing Pagoda all
Supplied new by Woking Motors in December 1969, this
striking 280SL is finished in its original colours of Tunis Beige with a
contrasting Tobacco brown hard top and a brown mohair soft top. Inside it
has cream MB Tex seats with matching ivory steering wheel and oatmeal carpets.
An automatic model with desirable power steering, it also has the optional
sideways-facing rear occasional seat. In car entertainment comes from a period
Becker Europa radio with an electric aerial and modern Alpine speakers
discreetly fitted in the boot and at the corners of the front windscreen.
The service book shows that it was maintained by Woking Motors up until
1980 at which point it had covered 48,850 miles, with another stamp by Vadgama
Motors of Kew in 1982 at 53,179 miles. Lots of bills show subsequent upkeep and
there are 27 old MOTs on file to warrant the current mileage of 98,444 plus many
old tax discs.
In 1999 at 73,784 miles the car was treated to a full
engine rebuild with six new pistons, new big end and main bearings, timing
chain, reground crank etc. by SL specialist Roger Edwards of Wembley. The
cylinder head was also converted for unleaded fuel, the bill for this lot coming
to just under £5,000. A stainless steel exhaust with a lifetime guarantee was
fitted at around the same time.
Our vendor acquired the car via Brightwells in 2008 to
join a collection of classics and has spent much time and money to bring the car
up to the standard he required, with bills on file for parts alone amounting to
over £10,000, most of them supplied by Merc specialists SLS of Hamburg. This
included substantial repairs to the structure with new inner and outer sills,
outer cover plates, both front floor pans, one rear floor pan, both firewalls
and a new boot floor, internally lined with sound deadening
The cylinder head has been stripped and rebuilt with a new
camshaft and followers, new exhaust valves and seats and new valve guides. The
fuel injection pump and injectors have been replaced using new OE parts which
alone cost 3,700 Euros. The braking system has been completely overhauled with
many new parts including the servo, master cylinder, all pipes and hoses,
calipers and disks. Four new Koni shock absorbers have also been fitted along
with new OE rear springs.
On the inside it has received new oatmeal
carpets in the correct square weave material with hessian overmats to protect
them. Both front seats have been reupholstered in the correct MB Tex. We are
told that all the dials and instruments function correctly, including the clock.
The brown mohair hood fits well and is in good condition with one small repair
which was professionally done several years ago, as can be seen in the
Documentation includes a V5C; several old V5s detailing
most of the previous eight owners; many invoices; 27 old MOTs; the original
handbooks and data card and a two-volume workshop manual. The original jack and
tool kit are present along with a fitted indoor car cover, the car having been
kept in dehumidified storage throughout our vendor’s 13-year
As you can see in the photos, the car looks very well indeed,
the only real blemishes that we noted being a few rust bubbles under the
paintwork here and there, as shown in the photos. Starting promptly and driving
beautifully as we have moved it around on site, this is a most appealing Pagoda
all round and is being offered here at a very attractive guide price.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email