The Classic Sale At Silverstone Festival 25th - 27th August 2023

Registration: FIG 2778 Chassis No.: 11304420021918 Estimate: £85,000 - £105,000 Specialist: Harry Fox-Edwards Telephone No: 07398 872032 Throughout its lifetime, the W113 quietly underwent a transformation, transitioning from a spry and agile ‘sports car’ into an opulent and smooth ‘grand tourer.’ Typically, this elegant machine came adorned with a 4-speed automatic transmission, however there were some rare models that were specified with the coveted 4-speed manual gearbox, elevating the driving experience. Beyond its exceptional engineering, the 280SL’s interior offered classic Mercedes quality including comfortable leather seats and wooden accents further reinforcing its status as a true premium roadster. The 1971 280SL Pagoda offered here is a very special motorcar, presenting in very good condition in Dark Blue (332) over a grey leather interior with a matching dark blue hardtop with stand. It’s a UK-delivered, right-hand drive, final year of production example with a 4-speed manual gearbox with three owners from new and offered directly from the final owner of those three who has looked after it for 42 years. The odometer currently read just over 75,000 miles, and there is every reason to believe that these are genuine. When initially purchased in 1981, the car had only covered 54,000 miles in the previous 10 years which is supported by a comprehensive collection of MOT Certificates from 1978 onwards, with every bill and invoice from the past four decades verifying the 21,000 miles covered during that period. It is evident that it has been lovingly cared for and sparingly driven throughout its life. It benefitted from new front wings and rear inner and outer wings in the 1990s primarily as preventative work and mechanical attention around the same time included an engine rebuild (piston rings, shells, camshaft and oil pump) as a precautionary measure in response to faint whispers of blue smoke whilst idling. This thoroughness and dedication to maintaining the vehicle’s pristine condition have surely contributed to its lasting appeal. A treasure trove of documentation accompanies the car, chronicling its journey over the years. A full folder of bills and receipts showcases the extensive servicing, maintenance, oil change records, and MOTs dating back to the early days of ownership including the owners’ handbooks. Such a complete and well-preserved history is a rare find and adds substantial value to the vehicle. Accompanying the car itself, is a spare set of Pagoda wheels, the matching hardtop and the all- important hardtop stand. This Pagoda is incredibly special in many ways, and cars with these wholesome stories are becoming so rare these days. It is more than just a beautiful car, it’s a classic example of attentive ownership and meticulous upkeep. With its astounding condition, extraordinary 42-year ownership, and comprehensive documentation, it stands as a testament to the enduring allure of classic motorcars. A simply unrepeatable Pagoda. Manual gearbox, genuine low mileage, three owners from new and 42-years with our vendor. Remarkable. Lot 703 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda - Right-Hand Drive - Manual More Details Lot 703 Bid On Lot 703