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classic center Pagode
1968 Mercedes Benz 280SL
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The pictures shown above and
the interior panels showing the production
Pictured above and below are
the door panels and seat skins.
All show the same production number.
example shown above is on the
inside of the original seat skin.
plate inside the engine bay fender wall
can describe a lot about the car.
In the picture above,
we display the color codes, body
and production numbers.
|The body number on the hood, shown above.|
number shown above,
stamped on the transmission mount plate.
|The V.I.N plate is located on the drivers side door jam.||The body
number is also
stamped on the base of the hardtop, shown above.
The original window sticker
is shown above. We have included several close up
detailed photos to view the coded options and trim package the car was delivered with.
is unique to '68 models.
kit is original and completely
|Spare tire/wheel original to this car.|
picture above we
see the protective green tape
hiding the whitewall
|Date code shown below of Jan. 1968.|
shows all the
characteristics of being remarkably original
and never on the road.
The absolutely factory
original firewall pad is visible above. These pads with the correct
pattern are NLA (no longer available).
The only replacement available is close but not quite identical.
Finding a Pagoda with a great original firewall pad is an indicator of the overall care and sheltered life it has lead.
These sound insulators are made of a pressed cardboard material which does not hold up well to being baked constantly
in the sun , pressure washing or being damp and going through freezing and thawing cycles.
|Notice the inner fenders with correct, factory spot welds along the inner lip of the fender. This proves that the fenders are original.|
|Shown above are the spot welds at the nose, all welds are clear and visible.|
|More up close views at the spot welds along the inner fender walls.|
on the water catch tank tower
and the ground spot are
shown above, pictured below is the
close up view of the valve cover decal.
a close up picture of
the firewall pad.
Below is a close up picture of a relay with the
correct dotology. The relay cover
is held on with a screw that is covered
in white paint.
Originality/Low mileage marker
- a Metzeler hose original to this car. This hose
is used to carry only warm air and carries a date stamp
of 1968. It has been NLA as a
replacement for about 30 years
(modern replacements will lack the "Metzeler").
images below are close up and detailed
photos of the hood underside.
If we examine an early Pagoda hood on the underside that has never been
repainted we find a large number of runs in the paint. I'm pretty sure at least one of the primer coats
was done by dipping the hood (if not dipped they were hung vertically to cure after spraying a liberal coat).
It simply was not considered important to sand these away before applying the color coats
since most of the time the hood is closed. We also find similar runs in the satin
black of the underside of the trunk lid. If you are doing a high point restoration
we suggest that you do not remove the runs if possible since this is another originality marker.
Factory replacement hoods come with a nice, uniform, run-free coating of satin black all over.
Above and below are close up pictures of all the factory original runs.
More dotology, the factory
technicians dabbed paint dots to
certain locations as they applied the factory recommended torque.
Below are just some of the dotology images found on the car.
The wheel wells are clean
and exhibit the
clear drain holes and factory spot welds you
expect to find on a very original Pagoda.
|Looking at the images below we see the backside of the head lamp buckets.|
|The above pictures show the factory spot welds and half moon cutouts of the lower rear valance.|
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