1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL “Pagoda”

1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL “Pagoda”

In February 1954, the first two versions of Mercedes’ SL models were presented at the New York International Motor Show: the legendary 300 SL “Gull Wings” and the 190 SL Open-Top. The acronym SL comes from the German “Sportlich Leicht”, which means “light sport” and is considered one of the safest cars in the world.

The successor to this series, the model 230 SL, caused a revolution in its presentation at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 for its extraordinary lines and proportions. The main distinguishing feature was the detachable hardtop, named “pagoda” for its resemblance to a Japanese temple structure. Interestingly, its design was more for technical safety reasons than stylistic ones.

Throughout its history, two new versions were made that were only differentiated in terms of mechanics – the 250 SL and 280 SL models – the latter being very popular in the American market thanks to its automatic gearbox.

Engine: 6 L, 150 ch, 12 V

Period: 1967-1981

Speed: 200 km/h

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