1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Cabriolet

Pagoda SL values have been appreciating, and top examples continue to stretch the upper limit of the price envelope

The last of a popular and extremely successful line that began with the 230SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL was introduced in 1967. Its overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine was entirely new, with horsepower of the fuel-injected unit stated at 180. Otherwise, the 280SL remained mechanically virtually identical to the 1967-1968 250SL, with independent suspension all around and four-wheel disc brakes. Top speed was 118 mph, and its 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time was 10 seconds.

Christened “pagoda top” after the distinctive shape of their removable hardtop, these SL models were among the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and remain highly sought after by collectors.

An automatic transmission model, the 280SL Cabriolet pictured here is original and unrestored except for a high quality repaint in its original antique white. The interior leather upholstery, woodwork, carpets, and chrome all appear like new, as does the black original soft top and original white hardtop. The engine bay and trunk are likewise well presented, while door gaps and exterior brightwork are described as “perfect.”

Enjoying only one registered owner since first sold in September 1970, this exceptionally well preserved 280SL has covered just 53,000 kilometers from new and is offered complete with its original tool kit, spare tire, owner’s manual, and original, complete service history booklet.