1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda W113


  • Extensive high end restoration 
  • Beautiful gunmetal grey over red leather 
  • Vast history file of restoration and maintenance
  • Desirable colour and mechanical specification 
  • Very good example of these highly regarded cars

The Appeal 

The Pagoda’s formula of comfort, style and performance worked so well that it continues to underpin the firm’s modern SL models. It explains why good W113s remain in heavy demand. 
Here is a very good, beautifully finished in gunmetal grey metallic over red leather. It was restored at considerable expense and to a very high standard during 2018 and 2019 by German and UK model specialists. The results are obvious from the photographs, which reveal a car presenting at a very high level. 
The specification is also compelling. It has the 280SL’s 2.8L engine mated to an automatic gearbox, a combination perfect for this car’s role as a long distance GT cruiser. 
Pretty and very well kept, this is a very tempting example of these popular cars. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1969 
  • Three registered UK keepers 
  • First UK registered in October 2018 
  • For sale by a specialist in these cars 
  • Clear HPI check 
  • Vast history folder with huge array of invoices as shown in photographs
  • Restored between January 2018 and July 2019 by Uk and German model specialists
  • Typed breakdown of restoration work as shown in photographs 
  • Restored across the chassis, bodywork and trim 
  • Printed spreadsheet of restoration expenditure with detailed notes 
  • The restoration work by SLS of Germany and Britannia Autos totalled over £30,000 
  • DVLA importation documentation 

The Condition

  • Tasteful gunmetal grey metallic paintwork in very good order
  • Restored car with work completed in 2019 and sparingly used 
  • Paintwork and bodywork in very good order across car
  • Clean and straight panel fit following high quality restoration 
  • Fitted with classic Michelin MXV tyres with whitewall trims
  • Steel wheels with chromed hub caps with correct body colour trim
  • Matching spare wheel in boot 
  • Red leather interior with matching dash top, wheel centre boss and carpets 
  • Cabin retrimmed during restoration to a high standard
  • Cabin fittings including dials, switchgear and veneers are well kept 
  • Fitted with a correct Becker Classic radio 
  • Red fabric roof in very good condition with clear rear screen and operating correctly 
  • Well kept underside with evidence of protective undersealing 
To the eagle-eyed, a good restoration is obvious. It shines through paint finish, panel fit and attention to detail across a retrimmed cabin. This car exhibits all of those qualities. 
Some great decisions were made during restoration. Alongside keeping everything factory correct, the colour scheme deserves praise. Gunmetal grey metallic over burgundy works very well with the W113’s solid lines. Here it is accented by a smart red roof. All elements are in very good condition, reflecting the very sparing use since completion. 

The Mechanics 

  • 2.8litre M130 fuel injected 165bhp engine 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox 
  • Factory tool kit in good condition 
  • We understand that this is a matching numbers car
  • No reported running or driving issues
This car’s restoration covered the mechanicals too, subsequent sparing use delivering a car that is in very good mechanical order. To add to the provenance, it is supplied by a well known model specialist. A vast history file - measured in inches - attests to the care of its keepers through the years. 
As the top specification 2.8L 280SL model, this 165bhp car is the one to have. These cars are sporting but their true calling is as relaxing, long distance cruisers, a theme that this car leans into with its 4spd automatic gearbox. 
The car runs and drives without issue and there is no known work for the buyer to contemplate. 

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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1969
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Grey
  • Mileage 2,803 Miles
  • Engine size 2800
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Silchester
  • County Berkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
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Bidding history
3 Bids
  • Dutchma•••• £50,000 13/07/24
  • brogan4•••• £47,500 12/07/24
  • yannick•••• £29,000 12/07/24

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