1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda


  • Dry garaged since 1984
  • Only 3 registered keepers from new
  • Original interior with recently reupholstered driver's seat
  • Rarely used, with only light driving on weekends

The Appeal

Possibly one of the most stylish cars ever to roll out of Europe, the Mercedes Benz 'Pagoda' offers a unique view at the beginnings of the German country's golden age. Rock solid engineering, thoughtful styling, comfortable trims - coupled with some pretty impressive engine tech - the Pagoda had it all. 

This particular 1970 example has been well-preserved over the years, thanks to a very cossetting lifestyle in a dry, well-equipped garage. With only 3 registered keepers from new, this car offers a particularly distinguished opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of Germany's most celebrated classics. 

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1970
  • Resprayed in the 1980s
  • Purchased by the seller's father in West London in 1984
  • The vendor is the 3rd owner, having been gifted the car
  • Dry garaged since 1984
  • Last MOT expired on 17/07/2017, with previous MOTs in 2015, 2014, 2010, and 2009
  • The car was transported to services on a low loader
  • Currently indicates 84,936 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • This would mean the car hasn't been driven more than a mile since 2017!
  • There are some invoices which show the registration JD11, this has now been removed and will not come with the car

The Condition

  • All bodywork seems fine with a nice, solid chassis
  • The vendor notes the beginnings of a rust hole under the driver's rear bumper
  • However, this is very small and should be easy to catch 
  • Paintwork carries a few unintrusive bubbles, minor chips and scrapes
  • Soft top hasn't been opened since the 1980s and is in good condition and is in a lovely beige colour
  • Interior is nicely presented with no rips or tears to the leather
  • Driver's seat recently reupholstered, looks in very good order
  • Some carpet missing on the driver's side
  • Radio is out of order
  • All instruments are clear and legible
  • We've no reports of any other technical issues

The Mechanics

  • 2.8L M130 I6 powerplant
  • Automatic transmission
  • Engine bay is in good order
  • The car has hardly been used in the past 40 years and may need some renewal work
  • The car starts and drives around the block without any significant issues, however
  • We've no reports of any specific mechanical issues

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1970
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL Class
  • Colour Gold
  • Odometer 84,938 Miles
  • Engine size 2800
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
13 bids from 8 bidders
  • GERRY O•••• £37,000 19/06/24
  • sunburs•••• £36,000 19/06/24
  • GGREEN £35,000 18/06/24
  • GERRY O•••• £32,000 18/06/24
  • sunburs•••• £30,000 18/06/24
  • benzone•••• £28,500 18/06/24
  • benzone•••• £28,250 18/06/24
  • sunburs•••• £28,000 17/06/24
  • Max New•••• £26,250 15/06/24
  • SG67 £26,000 14/06/24
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