1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda restored fully to its former glory
Car restoration can be a difficult task at the best of times; the older the vehicle in question, the more delicate the job becomes. Getting your hands on the correct materials required for the process can be difficult, and the mechanics doing the work need to be familiar about the car they’re working on.
The successful restoration of a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda falls into this category. A definite favourite amongst classic car collectors, restored editions of the magnificent Merc – which initially started production in 1967 – sell for a bundle, with the car rightly accruing a cult following.
Only a select few are truly capable of the task when it comes to the restoration of the Pagoda. In the UK, there’s Hemmels – the well known specialist in the restoration of classic Mercedes-Benz from the post war era.
The company have recently released a details and photos of their work. According to Hemmels, the craft of their restoration process involves 2,000 hours of manual labour, to ensure no stone is left unturned.
The work involves stripping the 208 SL Pagoda completely, both inside and out. All mechanical components are removed, and the body is repainted. All parts that can be repaired are totally rebuilt and if replacement parts are required, then genuine Mercedes parts are used in place of the originals.
The end result following the meticulous restoration is a pristine 1968 SL Pagoda, no different to the version that was on sale back in the 1960s.