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The Mercedes-Benz SL 'Pagoda' was introduced in mid-1963 in 2.3-litre form and continued in production until February 1971 before being replaced by its successor, the entirely new and substantially heavier R107 350SL. Over the years, the W113 quietly evolved from a nimble 'sports car' into a comfortable 'grand tourer' and was usually equipped with four-speed automatic transmission and air conditioning. The final evolution of the Pagoda was the 280SL, launched in November 1967 with a host of technical improvements, and is now seen as the most refined iteration of the W113 series. The robust new seven-bearing, 2778cc, M130 engine developed 170bhp and perfectly suited the automatic transmission. New one-piece wheel trims distinguished the last W113 but alloys were now an option. By the time production ceased in March 1971, some 23,885 had been made making the 280SL the most popular of all W113 variants.
Offered here is an original right-hand drive, Mercedes-Benz 280SL automatic first registered in the UK on the 21st of August 1969. The car presents really well in Moss Green with a beige M-B Tex interior, biscuit carpets with piped Moss Green over mats, and a body-coloured dashboard all set off by a matching factory hardtop and wheel trims.
With the car is an MOT Schedule with entries running from 5/08/1981 @ 49,299 miles through to 21/12/2015 at 62,489 miles with a gap between August 1998 and September 2011 when it appears that the Pagoda was in Ireland in the ownership of Michael Murphy of Ballycrane for all of this time. Irish Licensing Certificates cover these dates and the car only covered just under 2,500 miles in this 13-year period. This little Moss Green Mercedes tootling around the leafy lanes of County Wexford does present a pleasing image.
There are two Service Booklets with the car stamped up until 01/08/1986 at 55,673 miles and some invoices detailing later services and maintenance. These reside in the original Mercedes-Benz Wallet with the Owner's Manual, Parts Manual, old MOTs, Tax Discs, Irish Registration, V5c, etc. and the spare keys.