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Mercedes Benz W113 280 SL (1968)

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Mercedes Benz W113 280 SL Pagoda USA-Import partially restored approx. 45.000,-€ invested (1968)
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Manufacturer Model Year
Mercedes BenzW113 280 SL1968
Automatic170 n.a.
Not or only partially comprehensible.
Country VersionLocation Color
USDE-20255 HamburgRot

Vehicle description

Highlights and general information

For sale is a Mercedes-Benz W113 280 SL Pagoda from 1968 in the color red with black leather interior.


  • USA import, with TÜV, H license plate and immediately ready to drive in good condition.
  • Owned by the seller since 2013.
  • With original radio and hardtop.
  • In current ownership, just under €45,000 has been invested in the vehicle. The following things have been done in the past:
    • 2013 cavity preservation at Mercedes-Leseberg
    • 2014 new master brake cylinders, power steering renewed, seat belts installed.
    • 2014 both seats newly upholstered in leather. New carpet set
    • 2015 New front axle bearing. Engine partially renewed - first expert opinion
    • 2017: new water pump, new cylinder head gasket
    • 2018: Complete body refurbishment and professional repainting (extensive documentation available) - Second expert opinion
    • 2019 soft top renewed (Weinhold, Hamburg)
  • November 2022 major customer service incl. valve stem seal renewal (invoice available) at the Hauben garage.

General information about the vehicle

  • Year of construction: 1968
  • First registration: USA, 1968
  • Location: 20255 Hamburg, Germany
  • Exact number of vehicle owners is not known (owned since 2013)
  • TÜV until 04/25
  • Accident-free in current ownership.
  • H license plate
  • Ready to drive immediately, with German registration.
  • Duty paid
  • With certificate

Model history

The Mercedes-Benz "Pagoda", first shown as the 230 SL at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963, quickly won the hearts of well-heeled ladies and discerning gentlemen. Its price was always at Porsche 911 level, but thanks to the hardtop it was a convertible and coupé at the same time. Technically, it embodied the W 111 without a roof and with a shortened wheelbase. Almost 49,000 examples of the W 113 were produced in eight years. The most powerful model in the series was the 280 SL, which was available from 1968 to 1971. The name Pagoda was actually inspired by Buddhist temples with concave roofs and was synonymous with the inwardly curved hardtop of the W 113.

The facts

Exterior & interior:

  • Color: Red
  • Interior with black leather trim.
  • Completely repainted in 2018.

Engine and transmission:

  • 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine with 170 hp
  • Automatic transmission
  • Last engine service in 2023.


  • At least 100,000 km (seller's specification)
  • Mileage cannot be traced.


  • Vehicle documents, TÜV and service reports, invoices, customs clearance certificate, expert opinion.

Tires, brakes, body & underbody:

  • Tires: 50-70 %
  • Brakes: 70-90 %
  • The underbody is rust-free and cavity-sealed.
  • Please take a look at the photo gallery and videos to get further impressions of the vehicle's condition.

Known defects

  • No major defects known.
  • Please take a look at the photo gallery and videos for further impressions of the vehicle's condition.


It is one of the most sought-after Mercedes classics. It is far less expensive than a 300 SL Roadster and much more exclusive than its successor, the R 107: the 113 series, known as the "Pagoda". A sporty paint color, the elegant black leather interior and the all-round well-preserved condition of this Pagoda offered for auction here make the car a special eye-catcher on the roads. In addition, the 280 SL is the top model of the 113 series, which is ideal for both sporty and relaxed cruising through the countryside - preferably with the top down, of course.

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Kickdown check

  • Kickdown photographer was on site
  • Video of the vehicle available
  • Main inspection
  • Current service performed

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