1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda (W113)


  • Restored and repainted in 2019-20
  • Expertly retrimmed interior
  • Extensive photographic restoration record

The Appeal

The W113 can certainly be added to the extensive list of ‘great’ cars produced by Mercedes in their long history of breaking new ground and producing some of the finest engineering in the automotive world. Its distinctive ‘pagoda’ roof is immediately recognisable and this style has become eternally popular among connoisseurs of fine motorcars.

This particular Mercedes is the desirable top of the range 280 SL, with a large, straight-six, fuel-injected engine coupled to a manual transmission. This provides it with effortless high speed performance and reliable running. 

The car was subject to extensive restoration work in 2019-20, including a full strip down and repaint, with any bodywork issues being rectified at the time. As such it is presented in superb condition throughout, with shimmering paint, a retrimmed interior and overhauled running gear. 

With its effortlessly beautiful styling and highly capable performance, we’re struggling to find any reason why you wouldn’t want to buy this stunning Pagoda. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 7th July 1969
  • Chassis number 11304410010622
  • Purchased by the current owner in 2015
  • Restored in 2019-20
  • The car has reportedly seen little use since its restoration
  • Photographic record of restoration on file

The Interior

  • Excellent leather upholstery 
  • Stylish dashboard layout 
  • Carpets and door card very clean

Having been previously retrimmed, the interior of this Mercedes is in superb condition throughout. The leather seat covers have been finely crafted and appear to be extremely well preserved. There is only a slight hint of their ever being used, in the form of some light creasing, but otherwise they appear to be unsullied by trousers. 

Behind the seats is an area for extra luggage, which has been augmented by the addition of a fitted, buttoned leather cushion so that it can be used as seating if required. 

The carpeting throughout is in similarly excellent order, showing little to no sign of use, it is beautifully clean and tidy and finished with matching edge banding to complete the look.

The dashboard is a piece of fine ‘60s artistry, with its generously padded upper and lower sections and plenty of chrome. The instrumentation is bold and clear and the car retains its period radio. The vendor tells us that all the features function without fault, and we’re pleased to see that the glovebox even retains its key. And to finish the ensemble, the thin-rimmed steering wheel features a padded centre boss and chrome horn ring. 

To the rear, the spacious boot provides ample luggage carrying capacity. It features fitted matting and the full size spare wheel comes in its own fitted cover. 

 The Exterior 

  • Fully resprayed paintwork
  • Convertible hood and removable hardtop included
  • Unmissable ‘pagoda’ styling

As documented in the accompanying photographic restoration record, this Mercedes was fully stripped back to a bare shell, it received any welding it required and it was then resprayed in this very fetching shade of silver. 

The paint finish looks to be very good throughout, with no obvious runs or other issues we could see. It shimmers beautifully and complements the chrome trim perfectly. The vendor reports two very minor issues with the paint, one being a very superficial scratch near the front of the front-left wing, and the other being a very small bubble near the top left corner of the bootlid. 

The car runs on attractive alloy wheels and wears a matching set of four Vredestein Sprint Classic tyres. And underneath, the car received considerable attention during its restoration, including fully repainted running gear and any welding that was required. 

The Mechanics 

  • 2,778cc straight-six engine
  • Manual transmission
  • Beautifully clean engine bay

Lifting the front-hinged bonnet of this 280 SL reveals its six-cylinder engine in all its glory. The fuel injection system can clearly be seen, as can the brake servo, making this a thoroughly modern car. 

The vendor informs us that the car was subject to extensive mechanical work during its restoration, such that it now runs very well, starts easily, changes gear smoothly and brakes strongly in a straight line. 

The suspension and running gear has been removed and overhauled, including repainting many of the components and we’re told that many mechanical components have been replaced, and that there are invoices available for this work.

There are no reported leaks or smoke and the engine bay itself appears to be in very clean condition. 


A beautiful example of a restored 280 SL Pagoda, with a desirable manual gearbox. It now stands ready to be used and enjoyed.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1969
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 280 SL Pagoda
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 26,735 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2778
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Beaumont-en-Auge
  • Location International
  • Country France
Bidding history
10 bids from 7 bidders
  • palroma•••• €71,000 06/02/23
  • ludovic•••• €67,000 05/02/23
  • palroma•••• €65,000 04/02/23
  • Steph19•••• €60,000 03/02/23
  • ambassa•••• €53,000 03/02/23
  • Steph19•••• €50,000 02/02/23
  • armand-•••• €38,250 02/02/23
  • MiniTho•••• €38,000 02/02/23
  • jay v €25,000 02/02/23
  • armand-•••• €20,000 02/02/23

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