For more than 50 years the Mercedes-Benz W113 280SL Pagoda has been a highly desirable luxury convertible, beautiful, usable, and enough modern conveniences to remain comfortable, with its stunning beauty and advanced engineering. The 280SL like any Mercedes-Benz from this era had impeccable build quality.
Accredited to Frenchman Mr. Paul Bracq, who headed the Mercedes-Benz design studios at the time, the 280 SL was a technological tour de force when it debuted, and featured a fuel-injected, overhead camshaft, straight-six engine displacing 2778cc, producing 170 horsepower. With disc brakes on all four wheels, a rarity for the time period, Mercedes-Benz took lengths to ensure the 280 SL stopped as well as it went too. Four- and five-speed manual transmissions were available, but most American-market SL’s were equipped with a smooth shifting four-speed automatic. 60 mph comes up in 8.6 seconds and stops from 70 mph in just 233 feet, so even today the SL still has enough performance that one could conceivably drive it everyday. Air conditioning was an option too for those in sunnier climates.
The unibody construction featured front and rear deformation zones, a first for a sports car. An aluminum hood, deck lid and door skins saved precious pounds, but the construction of the Pagoda roof that gives the car its nickname is a marvel in itself. It is the work of Mr. Bela Barenyi, who headed Mercedes-Benz pre-development department. While beautiful, airy, and seemingly delicate, it is as solid as the body structure and designed to withstand a load of 1000 Kg. Bela designed it that in a way so a driver could see clearly from all sides without obstruction from the pillars, and avoid potential trouble…and that the construction of the hard top would provide enough rollover protection.

We proudly present this incredible Mercedes Benz 280SL Pagoda, finished in Horizon Blue paintwork with Blue leather, Blue fabric Hood and Colour coded Horizon Blue hardtop.
Fully restored to world class standard over a two and a half year period by renowned Mercedes-Benz restoration specialists Hemmels of Cardiff .
This car has undergone an intensive restoration to concours standard, The lengths Hemmels go to is quite exceptional, the end result is a car that could only be described as breathtaking ! and even better than when the car left the Mercedes factory in 1971.
The car we present has undergone Hemmels "Neugeboren"  (newborn) process, which is as follows :-
*   Our expert team carefully disassemble the original car, tagging and storing key components and assessing the work required to deliver a world class restoration
*   A non-chemical process strips the shell and removes corrosion before we begin metal work. they repair and replace all decayed panels with Mercedes-Benz parts.
*.  The engine is entirely disassembled and undergoes a complete nut and bolt rebuild to "as new" condition using only parts supplied directly by Mercedes-Benz.
*.  Our expert team carefully repair or replace every single panel as required, ensuring the final product is as good as when it originally came off the production line.
*.  Our proven paint process delivers a perfect finish with base coats, clears, and primers having chemical coherence to ensure protection and presentation for decades to come.
*.  The engine and underlying mechanicals are re-assembled in Hemmels' finishing facility — described in a recent industry article as "surgical".
*.  The custom leather work and complete interior is created and fastidiously fitted by the experts in our dedicated Trim Shop.
*.   Before delivery to the client, each car must undergo and complete a comprehensive testing program before it can be signed-off by our Quality team.
As you can probably guess there was no short cuts or cost cutting involved with this restoration, the car has been lavished in every way to ensure the end result is nothing short of spectacular and could comfortably hold its own in any concours event.
In addition to the above the following options were fitted to the car as part of the restoration at an additional cost of £20,000 :-
* Stainless Steel Exhaust system
* Polished Manifolds
* Laquered package signature series (underside of the car painted in Horizon Blue and laquered)
* White Wall Tyres
* Retro audio including Sat Nav and Bluetooth.
* US Spec Headrests
* Leather bound floor-mats
* Tinted Windscreen
* Hardstanding Roof Stand
* Electronic ignition
Hemmels approaches their builds with the sort of German precision and fanaticism you’d expect”— DRIVETRIBE.
The finished car is exceptional in every way and was completed by Hemmels October 2020.
On receipt of the car from Hemmels the owner took the car to Divine Detail Ltd, for a two stage enhancement detail, the following applications were applied to the car ; Kamikaze Zipang coating applied to bodywork and trims, Kamikaze Stance applied to the wheels, Gtechniq smart fabric to roof fabric.
ACF50 & corrosion block applied to the underside of the car.
Imagine rolling the clock back 50 years and buying a new 280SL Pagoda ? well this is as close as you can get to doing just that !

Please call visit our website for a walk-around video of this amazing car.

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  • Mileage: 88,000
  • Year: 1971
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Automatic
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Blue


  • Cylinder layout: Na

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