1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL ‘Pagoda’

The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL, which made its debut at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, served as the successor to both the 190 SL and 300 SL models. Based on the new W113 chassis, it bridged the gap between the sporty 300 SL and the touring-focused 190 SL, earning the nickname “Pagoda” due to its unique concave hardtop.

In 1968, the W113 chassis saw its final iteration with the introduction of the 280 SL, which featured an enlarged engine displacement of 2.8 liters, delivering a significant increase in power. The 280 SL proved to be incredibly popular, with almost 24,000 produced and the last one rolling off the assembly line in March 1971, making it the most sought-after classic Mercedes-Benz roadster.

Source: RM Sotheby’s