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1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL highly authentic

1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL - 180 Silver
Dr. Tardy is a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery who purchased this car new and was its caretaker for over 40 years. A former flight surgeon, he knew the importance of maintaining machinery. This car’s complete service history is intact. Garage kept and driven sparingly, this W113 Pagoda displays remarkable originality: all the glass, soft top, Becker Europa stereo — stereos in 280SLs were first offered 1971 —, Hirschman electric antenna, Frigiking air conditioner, hardtop headliner, 98% of the interior including all its wood and rare Roser leather upholstery; even the soft top is absolutely original, and all of the options are documented with codes on the data card. All the books, manuals, and the original tool kit are safely secured in the spare tire pocket inside the trunk. With a patinated exterior finish this is no cosseted garage queen, but a true driver which can be pushed around a twisty mountain road, cruised [...]
This late series 280SL was built just 98 cars from the very last one. Features both tops, two sets of wheels and tires, factory Frigiking air conditioning, automatic transmission and the original Becker Europa stereo in-dash backed up with a hidden Bluetooth compliant amplifier to access music in your modern device. She received a comprehensive restoration over the last couple of years. Not only stunning, but she also drives exactly the way the factory intended. Both the engine and the fuel injection pump were completely rebuilt. This car could be considered a show driver and will bring smiles and thumbs up wherever she’s driven.
In Appreciation of Originality

We all appreciate cosmetic perfection, yet there is something to be said for an artifact of human craftsmanship which has survived for five decades or longer, mostly in its original state. Many of us, in our rush to buy the shiny and new – end up buying something which is merely a replica of what the manufacturer originally produced. In many cases, a vendor or other seller, in their rush to meet the typical buyer’s demands, places a cosmetic veneer over a degraded foundational structure or compromised mechanicals.

Human nature being what it is, we tend to seek the lowest price. We try to make comparisons [...]

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The Mercedes 600

An Eclectic Background

This vehicle may have the most eclectic list of notable owners of any car, ever. The names range from George Harrison, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, and Elvis Presley as a preferred car for these entertainers. The only time you will mention Mao Zedong, The Pope, and Pablo Escobar in the same sentence is their love for the Mercedes Benz 600.

Given the wide range of this vehicle’s appeal to notable folks from all walks of life, you would think this car was a fairly straightforward project with an easy fix to make certain these folks could get back into the driver’s seat – or more realistically the back seat so their chauffeur could get back on the road; however, that is not the case.

This vehicle, a 4-door sedan whose production spanned mostly 1960’s-70’s remains to this day

Portfolio of Sold Cars

My Mink

One of our favorite restoration projects from over the years.

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1971 Mercedes 280SL Restoration –

‘906’ Blue

1971 906 blue Mercedes 280SL in front of the Villa Zee Zaw carriage house

Initial Condition

Good but not *Perfection*

Here at Motoring Investments we tend to work on a wide array of classic Mercedes Benz – and like a fingerprint – no two are ever alike. Generally our jobs entail initial appraisals based on imperfections we are able to determine exist, but every now and again we see a car which has nearly all parts in good working order comparative to your average project car. When this [...]

The Final W113.

In the summer of 2010, Mercedes Benz took ownership of what was officially the final build of the famous Pagoda SL line. At the time of acquiring the vehicle, the Mercedes Benz Classic Center had no idea they were in possession of the final 280SL ever, but when they realized it, they gave the precious Pagoda the full restoration it deserved. The vehicle now sits in the Mercedes Benz museum, well guarded – likely due to it’s “potentially addictive” properties, in the words of Mercedes. Be that as it may, this Pagoda SL with the vehicle identification number 113.044-10-023885, is the last in a long line of an enthusiastic models that captured the hearts of many. It has been sent to pasture (image below related) and will likely reside in the halls of the Mercedes Benz museum for the remainder of its days.

Now listed on Motoring Investments!

Recently we had the opportunity to acquire a Mercedes W113, but when we found this 280SL, she came with a bit more lore than expected. When we first stumbled upon the car we found it hidden away in a Southern California garage. Subsequently it arrived to our facilities to a bit of fanfare given the car’s illustrious former-owner. We have compiled a video on the discovery and delivery of the forty year old Pagoda to our shop in the following video:

The Signal Red Mercedes 280SL is verified as a car once possessed by the Dominelli’s, which is a name that cemented itself [...]

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