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Why the Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Is Collectable

Why the Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 30 Jun 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.

An aluminum hood, deck lid and door skins saved precious pounds, but the construction of the Pagoda roof that gives the car its nickname is a marvel in itself. It is the work of Mr. Bela Barenyi, who headed Mercedes-Benz pre-development department. While beautiful, airy, and seemingly delicate, it is as solid as the body structure and designed to withstand a load of 1000 kg.

This Euro-market SL Is a Looker

This Euro-market SL Is a Looker

By Petrolicious Productions / 29 Apr 2014

This gray-market example from Germany is a 1985 280 SL (a motor never available in the U.S.) in the hands of its second owner, who has maintained it in Southern California during its American tenure. He claims it is “Mechanically perfect - the car needs absolutely nothing.”

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What Is the Next Vintage Car to Skyrocket in Value?

What Is the Next Vintage Car to Skyrocket in Value?

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Feb 2013
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The Mercedes-Benz W113 280SL is still living in the shadow of the 300SL Gullwing and Roadster, but it is slowly creeping up in price. While prices have recently started to shoot up, there are still some deals to be had in finding one of these beautiful Pagodas. Some of the prime examples are reaching close to six figures, but most are still in the 30k-50k range, and we believe that in ten years or less, you may be hard pressed to find one under 100k.

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