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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL $215,000

21 June 2021

Hagerty Garage and Social NY is proud to offer this extraordinary numbers-matching 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL with a factory ZF 5 speed manual transmission.


The W113 “Pagoda” 280SL was never offered in the United States with the ZF 5 speed, and just 885 examples were built for the global market for the entire run of the W113. This car underwent a painstaking six-figure frame-off restoration under previous ownership and is unquestionably the most perfect example of this incredibly rare and sought-after W113 variant on the market today.

Collectors new to the classic Mercedes-Benz market might be wary of the premium these factory ZF 5 speed cars bring over their lesser geared manual and automatic counterparts, but these cars have always enjoyed a special status among classic SLs since they were new. Pierre Hedary, one of the country’s preeminent classic Mercedes-Benz specialists, wrote in Sports Car Market, “All those things you hear about the ZF 5-speed adding 10% or 15% to the value of a 280SL are baloney- the 5 speed has its own separate market.” Collectors and auction houses have long agreed. 

This particular 280SL was purchased by the current owner from the 2020 Gooding & Company Auction at the Amelia Island Concours, and it has lived with us at Garage and Social New York since then. All Gooding & Company auction materials will be included with the sale as will the comprehensive invoices from the restoration and in-progress photo album. 


Chassis Number: 11304410008892

Engine: 2.8L I6

Transmission: ZF 5 speed manual

Mileage: True mileage unknown

Exterior color:  #180 Metallic silver

Interior color: Black leather

In the Shop:

As part of an extremely thorough restoration completed at Aventura Motors in Southampton, NY in 2017, the following major work was done:

Mechanically, the engine, fuel, ignition, and cooling systems have all been completely rebuilt and a new fuel injection pump has been installed. The transmission has also been overhauled with a new clutch assembly, clutch hydraulics and all other associated parts. A new driveshaft connects it to the fully rebuilt rear differential flanked by new axle shafts.

Body-wise, the car was completely disassembled and all body panels were stripped down to bare metal before receiving four coats of zinc chrome primer and four coats of glasurit paint, each coat wet sanded before the next. Every metal trim piece was repainted or rechromed and every rubber seal, grommet, bushing, molding and mount replaced.

The undercarriage was thoroughly sandblasted and finely combed to reveal and repair all possible corrosion, and was recoated before the installation of a completely new brake system and fully refreshed suspension. Five new wheels with new hubcaps bring the chassis to the road.

Inside, the entire cockpit has been gone through with new upholstery, carpet, reveneered dashboard wood trim and new metal trim. The interior is covered either by a new German canvas soft top with all new seals or a fully restored factory hardtop complete with a new headliner and custom storage box. The car comes with both the currently installed Nardi steering wheel and the original.

If you’re looking for the consummate example of the rarest and most valuable Pagoda Mercedes-Benz SL, let there be no question. 

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