• Very Sound Mechanically & Fantastic Driver
  • Bought new in New Mexico and stayed there until 2022
  • Purchased from family of original owner
  • Professionally repainted in silver
  • 2.8L M130 Inline-Six cylinder factory rated 180hp and 193lb-ft of torque
  • 30,000 miles on rebuilt motor
  • Four-speed automatic transmission
  • Recently added Air conditioning unit professionally installed
  • Body colored hardtop & Brand New Soft Top
  • Professionally reupholstered blue leather interior
  • Electronic ignition
  • Alpine cassette stereo
  • Brakes recently gone through
  • 14” wheels w/ New Kumho tires 195/75 R14 92T replaced 2022
  • New in 2022 Front shocks, tie rod ends, steering damper, drag link
  • Spark plug wires, valve cover gasket, belts, air filter, and fluids replaced 2022
  • Extensive previous documentation of work dating back to late 1970’s


Tarlton Vintage Autos is pleased to offer this beautiful 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL, affectionately known as the “Pagoda.” A classic and iconic sports car that blends timeless design with reliable performance. Notable for its distinctive concave hardtop roof, which resembles a Japanese pagoda, the 280SL has earned a revered place in automotive history. For those who cherish the blend of classic automotive design and reliable daily driving, this is the car that stands out as a remarkable choice.

A Legacy of Care and Ownership

This 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda boasts a rich history, having been bought new in New Mexico and remaining there until 2022. It was lovingly maintained by the family of the original owner, showcasing a continuity of care and attention to detail. The arid climate of New Mexico has contributed to its well-preserved condition, free from the typical rust issues that often plague these older Mercedes-Benz models.

Timeless Aesthetics and Recent Enhancements

The body has been professionally repainted in it’s original classic silver hue, a color that accentuates its sleek lines and timeless design. This fresh paint job not only restores the car’s original luster but also provides a durable finish that will protect it for years to come. The body-colored hardtop, adding to its visual appeal and providing a seamless look, gives the 280SL the “Pagoda” nickname. This feature is particularly valuable for those who appreciate the car’s design continuity and want an option for different driving conditions.

Alongside the hardtop, a brand-new soft top has been installed, offering versatility and ensuring that the car is ready for all weather conditions. The new soft top is easy to operate, making it a convenient feature to hide from any elements during impromptu open-air drives.

Superior Performance and Reliability

Under the hood, this 280SL Pagoda is powered by the legendary 2.8L M130 inline-six engine, factory rated at 180 horsepower and 193 lb-ft of torque. This engine is celebrated for its smooth performance and reliability, making it an excellent choice for both leisurely drives and spirited outings. This particular example has a rebuilt engine that has clocked only 30,000 miles. This rebuild ensures that the engine operates efficiently, providing the power and performance that the 280SL is known for while extending the engine’s lifespan.

Delivering the newly refreshed power is a four-speed automatic transmission, which has been well-maintained to ensure smooth shifting and reliable performance. This transmission allows for a relaxed and enjoyable driving experience, whether you’re navigating city streets or cruising on the highway.

In 2022, the car underwent significant mechanical upgrades, including the replacement of the front shocks, tie rod ends, steering damper, drag link, shifter link bushings, battery, spark plug wires, valve cover gasket, belts, air filter, and fluids. These updates ensure that the car handles well and runs smoothly, providing peace of mind to the driver.

The car rides on 14” wheels fitted with new Kumho tires (195/75 R14 92T), also replaced in 2022. These tires provide excellent grip and handling, enhancing both safety and driving pleasure. The braking system has been thoroughly inspected and serviced, ensuring optimal performance and safety. This comprehensive check means you can drive with confidence, knowing that the brakes are in top condition.

Modern Comforts and Classic Charm

Inside, the car features a professionally reupholstered blue leather interior. To enhance comfort, air conditioning has been recently added. This is a must have upgrade for those who want to enjoy their car regardless of the temperature outside. An Alpine cassette stereo, blending vintage charm with high-quality sound, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to your journeys.

On top of all the luxuries added in the interior, an electronic ignition system has been installed to replace the traditional points and condenser setup. This upgrade improves reliability and ensures that the engine starts smoothly every time.

Extensive Documentation and Provenance

This 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda comes with extensive documentation of work dating back to the late 1970s. This detailed history provides valuable insight into the car’s maintenance and restoration journey, showcasing the dedication and care it has received over the decades.

In Conclusion, the 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda is more than just a classic car; it’s a piece of automotive history that has been lovingly maintained and thoughtfully upgraded. Whether you’re a collector, an enthusiast, or someone looking for a stylish and reliable daily driver, this 280SL Pagoda is an exceptional choice. Its blend of classic aesthetics, modern comforts, and reliable performance ensures that it will not only turn heads but also provide an enjoyable driving experience for years to come. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this beautifully restored and meticulously cared-for classic Mercedes-Benz.







Exterior Color

Silver Grey Metallic

Interior Color

Blue Leather

Body Type



Inline 6cyl


4-Speed Automatic




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