Mercedes 280SL Pagoda Auto (W113 Model) 1968 (Full Restoration)£175000

Mercedes 280SL Pagoda Auto (W113 Model) 1968 (Full Restoration)£175000


  • Colour
  • Interior Trim
    Light Brown
  • Mileage
    3317 Miles (Indicated) After Restoration
  • Body Style
  • Transmission
  • Engine Capacity
  • Fuel Type


A beautiful example of the elegant German roadster, which has been subject to comprehensive restoration.

Presented at the Geneva motor show in March 1963 the Mercedes SL made its mark by being the first Sports car with a rigid safety passenger cell with with front and rear crumple zones by the safety conscious Mercedes Benz designers. The “Nickname” quickly adopted by the wider world was Pagoda due to the inwardly curved removable hardtop echoing the roofs of far Eastern Temples. During the production period from 1963 through to 1971 some 48,912 examples were built. The example that we have on offer is the later version featuring the M130 engine that was launched in 1968.   The W 113 SL was developed under the auspices of  Mercedes Benz Technical Director Fritz , Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. The lead designers were Paul Bracq and Bela Barenyi, who created its patented, slightly concave hardtop, which inspired the “Pagoda” nickname.

The 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and continued in production through 23 February 1971, when the W 113 was replaced by the entirely new and substantially heavier R107 350 SL. Over the years, the W 113 evolved from a sports car into a comfortable grand tourer, and US models were by then usually equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission and air conditioning. Of the 23,885 280 SLs produced, more than half were sold in the US.

All models were equipped with an In-line 6 cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The bonnet, boot lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminum to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tyres gave the W 113 superb handling for its time.  The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch “fishbowl” headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the  iconic 300 SL roadster.



This Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda Auto is an exceptional example of the elegant classic roadster, which has benefited from an extremely high end full nut and bolt restoration.  Under the bonnet is the 168bhp 2.8-litre ‘M130’ straight-six, which drives the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic floor-shift transmission. This 280 SL is finished in Stunning red, with a black soft top roof and Light Brown M-Tex upholstery with light brown carpets. It rides a set of 14-inch wheels complete with body-coloured centres and Hankook Optimo H724 Tyres. The specification includes a Becker Europa stereo and a carpeted rear luggage shelf.

A full component-off restoration by a US Mercedes-Benz marque specialist Scott melnick. This vehicle comes highly recommended, and is reported to have been a pleasure to own by the previous owner. The solid bodywork and sound mechanics provide for a reliable classic to European specification.


Fully inspected and maintained by world renowned Thornley Kelham

Matching numbers

Chassis no 113.044-12-820871

Comes with hard top

Presented in immaculate condition and fully inspected by Sasso Automotive. It will come having completed all post restoration run down miles with any final adjustments made.

Comes with the original Service booklet, owners manual, pamphlets, spare wheel, and toolkit.

Excellent rates of finance available

Worldwide Delivery available

Part Exchange welcome

It’s available for viewing at our showroom on an appointment basis.

Please contact a member of our team for further details

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