fter hunting for years — and much trial and error — for the ‘right’ Pagoda, this 1970 280SL topspec hardtop/soft-top (two-top) automatic (LHD) convertible in the exceptionally rare and exquisitely beautiful Horizon Blue (with navy interior) was obtained by noted collector and Mercedes-benz club president Geoff Matthews.
In a moment of weakness, this highly desirable car was offered to a friend in an attempt to lure her to the ‘Mercedes’ side of life. It wasn’t easy with a woman whose first loves are Brits — Jaguars and Astons — but this gorgeous example managed to pull it off!
This stunning work of art has graced Canterbury’s roads since then, and, wherever it goes, its unmistakable shape and inherent elegance draw compliments like a magnet. Upon return to her car, the owner has often been greeted with bunches of flowers left on the windscreen … one man even exclaiming, “A man would marry you for a car like that!” — and who could blame him?! That man used to own one, and sold it — he knows all too well how special these treasures are.
‘Pagode’ ( pagode is the correct German for ‘pagoda’), currently sports original Bundt alloys (available from 1969 as an option; later, these became very popular on many Mercedes-benz models); retains her original Horizon Blue matching hubcaps, etc.; and is complete with her original 1970 key, genuine Mercedes locking fuel cap and vintage highly sought-after Becker Europa stereo. Pagode also has an immaculate navy soft-top — believed to have never been put up before last year, and the car has never been used on the road with the soft-top up.
The list simply goes on and on — all those little critical things the ‘ in-the-know’ Pagoda collector looks for are here on this car in abundance. As only limited numbers were produced, and the 280SL twin-top is the acknowledged king of the Pagoda line-up, ‘Sweet Pagode’ — as she’s known locally — shines out as ‘The One’ (please note, no further marriage proposals are required).