Mercedes 280 SL Pagoda

Auctioned last month at Sotheby’s, the 1968 280 SL Pagoda certainly went to the highest bidder, but that didn’t stop scores of vintage car enthusiasts from fawning over the rare roadster. According to Uncrate, the ’68 roadster features a matching-numbers engine along with an even rarer US four-speed transmission that was totally disassembled and rebuilt from root to bone using authentic Mercedes-Benz pieces.

In 1963 Mercedes halted production on both its 300 SL and 190 SL, replacing it with the 230 SL, which earned the “Pagoda” nickname due to its concave light and airy detachable concave roof. The Pagoda was featured in Two for the Road with Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, and boasts tradition-breaking lines pieced together by famed artist and designer Paul Bracq. Sotheby’s notes that the roadster underwent a complete nut-and-bolt restoration by technicians in Germany and was painted an “attractive” Mercedes-Benz Medium Blue, with an off-white hardtop and matching off-white wheel covers.

The car was auctioned off at Amelia Island, and sold for a stunning $203,500. Further details about the car and its functionality can be found on Sotheby’s website, even though the car is no longer up for grabs.

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