1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL “Pagoda” (W113) AUTOMATIC130000-150000  - Estimate

The Roy Savage Collection of Classic Cars

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AUCTION: Sunday 4 December 2016, 2.30pm

Thursday 1 December, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 2 December, 10.00am – 7.00pm
(Extended Evening Viewing, 5.00pm – 7.00pm)
Saturday 3 December, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 4 December, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Viewing Location
19 Omahi Street, Waikanae 5036

Auction Location
Southward Car Museum
Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga
Paraparaumu 5036
New Zealand

Reference Number 446561

as of 5/30/2017

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Lot 113

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Car 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL “Pagoda” (W113) AUTOMATIC
VIN 11304422005790 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Registration UT3207 
Mileage 73,500 miles 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
Options Interior: Leather interior 
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Known History


Chassis no: 11304422005790

Engine no: 13098322003234


The launch of the W113 SL models came as a complete delight when Mercedes-Benz revealed their new sports car at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. It successfully replaced both the legendary 300 SL and the 190 SL and its production ran through to 1971. Close to 50,000 cars were built and the familial and endearing nick-name “Pagoda” has stood the test of time, inspired by the car’s patented, slightly concaved hard-top.


This beautifully classical and much desired sports car was conceived by lead designers Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi and was developed under the auspices of Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. Equipped with an in-line-6-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection, the bonnet, trunk lid, door skins and hard-top roof was made of aluminium to reduce weight. The third version of this series, the 280 SL was a technological tour de force displacing 2778cc and developed 170 hp. It was equipped with disc brakes front and rear, together with excellent independent suspension and radial tyres, the W 113 280 SL therefore had superb handling for the era.


Beyond its hi- tech evolution, this car is simply beautiful in all its characteristics and still turns heads with its striking upright headlights and simple chrome grille, led by the three-pointed star which pays homage to the marque’s racing pedigree and the legendary 300 SL roadster. Based on Bela Barényi's extensive work on vehicle safety, a rigid passenger cell was developed with impact-absorbing front and rear sections built into the vehicle structure. The interior had all its hard corners and edges removed producing a state-of-the-art sports car for its time.


Presented for auction is this striking red with black 280SL that has been retained within the Savage Collection for almost 40 years. This stunning 280SL offers a discerning buyer the opportunity to acquire an excellent example of the model and a fine offering within the collection. Originally delivered to the UK to Alexandra Motors (Grimsby) Ltd, on 27th January, 1969, the car comes with its service books and the original New Zealand Certificate of Registration showing it was imported in to New Zealand in by its original owner, Mrs C.M. Barham, on 23rd March 1976 with 46,000 miles reading on the odometer. The car changed ownership that year to company holdings for about 14 months and was then purchased by Roy Savage with 55,955 miles on the clock, in 1977. The car has now travelled as few as 73,500 miles approx. and is an absolutely delightful and carefully maintained, original example of the model showing patina consistent with its age and use.


Receipts showing mechanical upgrades and maintenance in recent years accompany the car which is accompanied by the Pagoda top and soft top, spare wheel, tool kit, and features the original Becker radio.


This vehicle will be sold licenced with WoF.