This original paint and interior 280SL “Pagoda” has been exceptionally well taken care of and is fully sorted to the level of a show quality preservation example. With only 41,191 miles, this very original Mercedes is a serious candidate for show or driving events.
This exceptionally original 1970 280SL Mercedes “Pagoda” had 32,023 miles on the odometer in 1988 when it was purchased by the first owner of record, David and Elizabeth Cordes of Alton, Illinois. The Cordes’ would own the car for the next 11 years, driving it sparingly but regularly servicing it and never driving it in winter. In 2009, The Cordes’ sold it to the current owner through the St. Louis Car Museum with a documented original mileage of 38,887. Shortly after purchase, the car was sent to Brian Peters of Motoring Investments in San Diego, California where an extensive, fully documented and thorough preservation was performed on the car. The current owner has since put less than 3,000 miles on the car with frequent servicing and proper storage.
The Car Today
Still retaining in excellent condition its original 040 white paint and black MB Tex interior, this matching numbers 41,000 mile 280SL, the most desirable of the Mercedes-Benz W113 line of cars, is best described as an exemplary driving, preservation show car of a very high standard. The paint is patina’d with a subtle and originality defining “orange peel” texture characteristic of nearly all factory original condition classics. The chrome is in wonderful condition matching in quality the nature of the still vibrant paint.
The interior of the car is “like new” in its original condition, one of the best we have seen on a W113 Mercedes. The steering wheel has been changed to a period correct Nardi wood wheel, though the car does come with its original steering wheel as well. The flawless nature of the seats is enhanced by the MB Tex material which as a synthetic does not reflect the same sorts of long term wear and degradation issues that leather interiors of the same age would. The wood along the top of the dash has been refinished to a high standard and “as new”.
The engine bay of the vehicle is “concours” ready having been given all the necessary cleaning and detailing to bring it up to show standards by Brian Peters of Motoring Investments in San Diego California. In total Peters completed show quality preservation work on the car totaling in the range of $90,000 for a top to bottom sorting of the car with receipts and photos.
The underside of the car is original down to the as delivered cosmoline coating done at the factory/dealership. The complete lack of rust and the preservation/restorative work done by Brian Peters culminates in a presentation where the impressively original surfaces of the exterior/interior are matched by the clean and well cared for face of the undercarriage.
Rounding out an impressive Mercedes offering, this well documented 280SL is an exceptionally cared for factory original example of the powerful “Pagoda” line. The car drives as well as it presents, and would be the perfect addition to any collection as a show or drive standard barer for model.