Mercedes-Benz W113 Review from North America

1970 Mercedes-Benz W113 280 SL 2.8 ltr

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 2.8 ltr Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carBMW CS Coupe


A keeper


Distributor rebuilt.

Injection pump rebuilt.

Trunk tends to get wet under mat in rain or after washing.

General Comments:

A gorgeous, beautifully assembled machine that is the last of the hand-built vehicles. Triple-plated chromed brass, leather everywhere, even a gas cap that is a work of art... A nice example of a Pagoda is a stunning piece of workmanship. Buy it and own it forever without a moment of regret.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2008

15th Oct 2009, 05:51

As a Pagoda owner myself, I'm in complete agreement except for the fact, that these cars were hand-built. The correct term would be partially hand-finished.

As you mention, the FI pump is the Achilles heel as it is both complicated and expensive to replace if it packs up.

Best regards.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review