The Holy Grail of the W113 280's.
This is one of the best, most original, authentic, documented 280SLs remaining in the world:
She has never been crashed and having lived in Southern California and garaged indoors her whole life, rust has never had a chance to start.
All numbers are matching: engine, transmission, paint, interior, body number et cetra. She even has original, documented numbers where no one typically looks (behind the door panels, glove box, seat backrest panels, headlight assemblies, et cetra. This all proves her originality & authenticity beyond a shadow of a doubt. This is all photo documented.
She has all of the correct features that knowledgeable Pagode connoisseurs have come to demand such as headlight notches and factory spot welds on the front inner fenders (and everywhere else they should be).
Extremely rare, virginal, never-even-repainted trunk floor (typically, even California cars can exhibit surface rust here).
Extreme originality markers: Original firewall pad (no longer available as a new replacement part. Original "1969" date codes on some of the weather seals and date coded Kangol seatbelt labels(not repros)
She has been driven a total of just 63,070 miles from new and drives exactly the way the engineers at Daimler Benz intended. Motoring Investments has attended to all mechanical, maintenance items. She is "turn-key" ready and 100% functional as Mercedes intended.
And best of all, and why she is known as The HOLY GRAIL of Pagodas: She is still wearing her ORIGINAL PAINT!
This car will be perfect for the "Preservation or Survivor class" at any international Concours d' Elegance. There is a recent movement for extremely original cars and many industry insiders believe they should be valued much higher than even a full "nut & bolt" restored car. Auction results seem to back this up. Recently a very original but very tattered 300SL roadster sold for over approximately $1.9M with its "sister" restored car realizing “only” $1.5M.
If you spend a lot of time(& take your time), do your homework, maybe hire an expert you can find other outstanding Pagodas but they are not the Holy Grail…
Please go to our photo page for all of the highly detailed photos of this car at which is like an Originality Guide for the 280SL: