Given the small cost of this book, you would be foolish to spend thousands on a Mercedes Benz Pagoda 230SL, 250SL or 280SL without taking it's expert advice. Benefit from Chris Bass’s years of Mercedes ownership: learn how to spot a bad car quickly and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right car at the right price!
Mercedes-Benz Pagoda SLs are cars that have the style and dynamic qualities that can be instantly recognised and appreciated 35 years after they went out of production. They are more practical than their predecessors, the 300SL Gullwing and roadsters, and more memorable than their successors, the W107 Panzer-wagen SLs. This book gives you a ‘warts and all’ introduction to what these SLs are like to own, drive and maintain, plus a step-by-step guide to how to evaluate any example you might be considering. It includes 100 photos of what to look for – and what to avoid – plus a realistic assessment of running and restoration costs, and market values. This includes servicing and spare parts prices, and the relative values of the various models, specifications and vehicle conditions you are likely to encounter.
Written by the Editor of the Mercedes-Benz Club Gazette, it draws on the experiences of the late Roger Edwards, a former Mercedes-Benz apprentice who spent his life working on and enjoying these cars. Including input from Roger’s colleagues, who continue to run his company, a leading source of expertise on Pagoda SLs.
The book also benefits from the author’s 30 years of owning, restoring and enjoying old cars, and his contacts in the world of Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts.
One of a comprehensive series of buyer‘s guides published by Veloce, it uses a well-established evaluation system, developed to enable potential buyers to assess any car they view. It is written in an easy to follow, jargon-free style and will equip you with all you need to know when buying a Pagoda, whether you want to get your own hands dirty or just need to know what is necessary to supervise others working on your behalf.
About the author
Chris Bass has been Editor of the Mercedes-Benz (MB) Club Gazette since 1997. In that time he has handled many restoration stories and articles about the Pagoda SL, one of the most popular models amongst the 10,000-plus members of the MB Club. Notable amongst these articles were those written by the late Roger Edwards, a club member and a leading authority on these cars who contributed his expertise to the production of this book. As well as running a Mercedes of his own, Chris has restored and runs an Allard and a Triumph TR4A. His garage also includes a 1930 Crossley Silver and a Triumph Herald convertible.