Silver Pagoda: 1971 Mercerdes 280 SL

1971 Mercerdes 280 Sl Roadster

Sports cars are fun, but sometimes it is nice to have something a little more luxurious for long drives. This ultra low mileage 1971 Mercedes 280 SL combines the best of both worlds. With plenty of power, a smooth ride, and great looks a pagoda roadster can be a nice driver for anyone. Pick this one up here on eBay with bidding starting at $200 and the reserve not met.

1971 Mercerdes 280 Sl Engine

Power is provided by a 2778 cc inline-six multi-port fuel injected engine capable of producing 170 horsepower. This is enough to move this heavy weight along at high speeds. These cars were heavy, but luckily Mercedes tried to lighten things up a little by using aluminum on a few of the panels. Stopping power is provided by disc brakes on all four corners.

1971 Mercerdes 280 Sl Blue Interior

The silver and dark blue color combo is very appealing. The leather seats look comfortable and in just as good of shape as the exterior. It is hard to find complaints here so our only gripe is that the chrome shift knob is connected to an automatic transmission. A ZF five-speed was available as an option and would have made this 2+2 roadster perfect.

1971 Mercerdes 280 Sl Pagoda Hardtop

The pagoda nickname here refers to the design of the removable hardtop roof. It is fun to be able to enjoy the open air feeling in a convertible, but it is even better when you can stick a hardtop on there when temperature drops. The body on this example looks like new and we can’t find any faults in the photos. The seller does not mention if the car has been restored or not, but it is possible that it is all original considering it has only covered 16k miles. We would want to get all the facts here before bidding though.


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  1. Jeff

    Nice & elegant, a true classic design. has a mint 70′ for 52.9K

  2. Kraig

    Nice car, and nicely presented. The correct blue plates would have 3 digits, followed by 3 letters. This series of blue plates would have come from the early 80s.

  3. Tom S.

    Nice looking car, but I hope the new owner doesn’t skid off the road from the gallon of Armor-All on the tires.

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