Available for auction is this 1971 Mercedes-Benz W113 280SL “Pagoda” finished in Dark Red (542G) over a Black MB-Tex interior. Introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show and produced through 1971, the W113 replaced the 190 SL and legendary 300 SL roadsters. This 280SL was originally delivered by Globe Motorcars of Fairfield, New Jersey, and came equipped with air conditioning, a limited-slip differential, power steering, a Becker radio, and a highly desirable 4-speed manual transmission. A full restoration is said to have been carried out approximately 15 years ago, and it was subsequently acquired by its previous owner who kept fastidious notes on the car up until 2021. Having received over $9k in service in preparation for sale, this 280SL is now being offered for auction out of Florida.
This example was refinished in its original shade of Dark Red (542G) during the restoration and features a matching Pagoda hardtop as well as a black convertible soft top. Details include a driver’s side rearview mirror, bumper guards, dual polished exhaust outlets, and a set of 14” steel wheels with body-colored covers and Bridgestone Insignia SE200 whitewall tires.
The cabin is trimmed in Black MB-Tex vinyl with matching door panels and carpeting. Amenities include three-point seatbelts, a locking glove box, roll-up windows, a Becker radio, and factory air conditioning. Since being acquired by the seller, the clock was sent to VDO and the radio to Becker for repairs, the driver’s window regulator was replaced, and the air conditioning system was refurbished. The seller confirms all gauges and accessories remain fully functional.
Power comes from an M130 2.8L inline-six cylinder engine that drives the rear wheel by way of a rare 4-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential. This example was also fitted with power steering from the factory. 1971 was the final year of the W113, and this is believed to be one of approximately 110 280SL versions sold in the U.S. with a 4-speed manual transmission. The previous owner is said to have kept detailed notes on the car, some of which are available for reference in the gallery. In preparation for this sale, a major service was carried out at a cost of over $9k which included a new water pump, spark plugs, power steering box, rear shock mounts, center support assembly, fuel sender and gasket, fuel feeder hose, battery, and more. In addition, the coolant, engine oil, and power steering fluids were replaced.
This sale will include owner's books, the original window sticker and data card, a Pagoda hardtop and stand, service records, and a clean title.
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