‘The 280SL is the grand total of everything Mercedes-Benz engineers have learned about high-performance sporting machinery’ - Road & Track magazine 1969
This car is the most sought-after version of the iconic Mercedes-Benz Pagoda series: the 280SL with the extremely rare ZF5 gearbox. This car was shipped in the summer of 69 'to its first Lebanese owner (i.e. ‘European’ version), at the time a thriving centre of style, art and free thinking. This rare 280SL was appropriately delivered in the also exclusive Sandy beige metallic, black hardtop and black mb-tex. The pièce de résistance is, of course, the optional and at the time very expensive ($ 500) ZF five-speed manual gearbox, which was always supplied in combination with the extended swingarm ratio.
It goes without saying that this 280SL is in perfect driving condition: the engine runs smoothly, and the gearbox shifts just as smoothly and directly. The interior is almost entirely original, and the car was only repainted once. Apart from a few visual defects, this 280SL is technically in excellent condition, as it was a real driver’s car. Furthermore, the car is stainless, fully functional, and ready to hit the road. This car can be used perfectly as-is and without additional costs and is therefore ready for many carefree kilometres. In addition, given the very high market prices for the 280SL Pagodas with original ZF5 gearbox, this 280SL is a perfect candidate for a nuts & bolts restoration to competition condition.
This very rare and most wanted Pagoda is now for sale at Rock N Roll Classics!