The 1963 Mercedes-Benz 230SL two-seater represented a huge improvement over the outgoing 190SL roadster. Its 150 hp, six-cylinder engine replaced the 190’s four-cylinder, and it was gradually increased in size to the most desirable 180 hp, 2.8-liter engine in 1968. The bulbous bodywork of the 190 was replaced by Paul Bracque’s crisp, angular design, with its unusual concave hardtop roof that led to the sobriquet “Pagoda Top,” and the model was produced until 1971.
This early 280SL, presented in an eye-popping Signal Red on black, features a desirable manual gearbox and a recent engine rebuild. Bought directly from the daughter of the original owner, this car has been a straight, rust-free Arizona vehicle all its life until our acquisition and subsequent restoration by us. A sympathetic recommissioning, supervised by a marque expert, ensures a respectable appearance while maintaining the car’s original charm and character.