STIRLING MOSS: MY DREAM CAR
“In all the years I have been driving, I cannot remember ever driving a car that I would have liked to own more (except for racing cars!)”.
(Sir Stirling Moss former British Formula One racing driver, referring to the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagode“) in a letter to racing director Alfred Neubauer.)
The Mercedes-Benz W 113 is a two-seater roadster with a convertible roof. It was introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, and was produced from 1963 through 1971. The “Pagode” replaced both the legendary 190 SL (W 121 BII) and the 300 SL (W 198).
The two-seater roadster combines cultivated power and sophisticated elegance and is distinguished by its outstanding comfort, excellent driving performance and exemplary driving safety. The 230 SL was the world’s first sports car with a safety body shell that consisted of a stiff passenger cell and front and rear crumple zones.
Our vehicle was ordered and delivered in Darmstadt in 1970. We bought the car second hand. In 2014 the Pagode participated in the Classic Tour Kronberg. Immediately thereafter, our specialists professionally restored the 280 SL “frame-off” – and with a lot of passion. The Pagode is one of the rare “manual shifters” and is fitted with the obligatory Becker radio as well as a hardtop.