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 genuine European-specification 280SL, presented in a refreshing shade of beige, has had a complete body-off restoration and is mechanically sound. In its current state, it is only awaiting a few touches of historical correctness to look respectable to the discerning Mercedes enthusiast.