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W113 Pagoda SL Group => Pagoda Spotting => Topic started by: Cees Klumper on August 11, 2003, 13:16:29

Title: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on August 11, 2003, 13:16:29
I thought it might be interesting to share our experiences - last week, I saw another (white) W113 on the highway, in regular traffic. A very rare sight here in The Netherlands (excluding classic car events of course). I think that, by and large, I run into some 10 Pagoda's annually this way.

How is your experience in this regard?

1969 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on August 11, 2003, 13:24:02
I saw a beige/gold one a couple months ago, perhaps the one for sale at the tech session.  I also met an off-white one after work a few weeks ago.  He joined the forum after I spoke with him!  Other than these two, I saw a silver one on the highway about 3 years ago, when I was still shopping for one.  So, about 1 per year?

Rodd
1966 230SL Euro
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 11, 2003, 14:00:02
There are a couple in my neighborhood. There was a nice blue one in a shop near my house and I saw a green one go down my street. Wasn't in a position to chase him down. I'd guess I see one at least once a month. There is a very active MB dealer in town that's been here for years. I'd guess he sold a bunch of SLs of all numbers. I had a woman come up to me one day while I was working on mine who said she had a 190 years ago.

Anyone out there from the Mid-Atlantic MBCA Section? I'm considering rejoining now that my car is running. Pointless unless there are local folks.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 11, 2003, 14:27:08
It all depends where I drive...
In New York City, it is very rare to spot one (or it is doug or Richard racing on 5Th Avenue).
Whereas on Eastern Long Island, when weather is good it is customary to spot 2 to 5 a day on weekends...!!
Saw a silver one in average condition and a nice metallic blue yesterday...a brown one in poor condition and a black one ok on saturday....but weather was not the best.
By the way, I spent my weekend putting flyers on windshields of pagodas inviting owners to join our NY/NJ parade next sunday...don't know how successfull it was....
I also saw a nice 280 SE 3.5 convertible, whose owner also has a 280sl..but down in florida!!

Fabrice
Silver 1971 280 SL
New York City
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on August 11, 2003, 14:44:21
Shawn - how about organizing a get-together with other Mid-Atlantic W113 enthusiasts? Summer is still here and there MUST be several W113 owners in your neck-of-the-woods who would like to compare notes?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bayleif on August 11, 2003, 14:49:46
Since I've owned my most recent Pagoda (a year and a half):
1) A white and tan automatic with a child seat in the passenger side (as opposed to the parcel shelf) in Friburg Germany while on vacation last Oct. Shortly after that we went to the Octoberfest. My wife is finally speaking to me again but that is another story.
2) A white and tan 4 speed in my neighborhood with a 4 sale sign on it. The person selling it for a friend became my friend and really helped me straighten out some of the problems I was having. Unfortunately, he moved away.
3) A white and tan I think it was an automatic in Sedona Arizona. My wife made me take her on vacation there if I wanted her to speak to me again after the trouble I was in from the Octoberfest...but that is another story.
4) About two weeks ago while I was at a light in my SL a guy in a recent model Jaguar pulled up and told me he had one just like mine (red and black).
I invited all except the car in Friburg (my German isn't good enough although it did get a lot better for a while at the Octoberfest) to join our club. But I don't think that any of them did.


Chuck Bartlett
1969 Signal Red 4 Speed
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on August 11, 2003, 15:00:51
Chuck - tell us the other story please! My wife is very understanding fortunately.

A colleague of mine who saw my 280 SL for the first time today could not really say why he never gets the compliments that I get on my Pagoda on his own pristine 2002 BMW 5-series.

And that's probably "Freiburg" there in the Old Country Germany ...

We are working on producing postcard-sized flyers to hand out to fellow-enthusiasts at traffic lights etc. Stay tuned ...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 11, 2003, 15:05:42
I see one most days on my 3 mile drive to work (beige with wire wheels), the poor slobs often leave it out, even in the rain.  If I head 1 mile the other way from my house, there is a brown one, also often lives under a car cover or tent, not a beauty like mine.  there are a few others within a 5 mile radius, or I can head to wolfgang's in tenefly and see a few.

-Lewis, closter, NJ

'66 230 sl 113042-10-016238
67 saab sonett II #43 of 258
99 saab 9-5
00 saab 9-3 viggen conv
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: graphic66 on August 11, 2003, 15:51:24
The first one I saw 7 years ago for sale in my town, looked at it and fell in love. Unfortunately I have the champagne taste and beer budget. 4 years later a customer was in my shop and mentioned he had a couple of cars for sale, one was the very same 230SL I had looked at 4 years earlier. The price was less than half what he had paid, as at the time the stock market was kicking and he just wanted to get cash to invest, my gain his loss. I purchased it immediatly and 4 hours later was offered $3500.00 more than I had paid, however love has no price and I fell down the rabbit hole. The next one I saw was in Pheonix, AZ in a dealer showroom as I was passing through. The next was my friend who had sold me mine, under pressure from his wife to replace her car that he had sold to me showed up with, a bondo filled badly painted wore out 250SL that he paid to much for and ended up selling at a great loss. Then one day a person followed me into a store and said he had a car like mine for sale, a complete 250Sl rusted out totaly in a hedge row covered in poison ivy, he wanted $800.00. Now I have purchased 2 out of the first three I had ever seen. The next and last one I spotted was a very nice white 280SL parked in Hermosa Beach Cali, luckily it wasnt for sale, however I dont think you can have to many cars especially Mercedes 113's. I am always looking and have only seen 4 and bought 2 of them.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: George Davis on August 11, 2003, 16:25:53
In the past 2 years, I've seen perhaps a dozen Pagodas in Portland, OR; plus 6 or 7 at a gathering in Los Gatos, CA; plus two in Carmel, CA; and one in Washington.  I've only ever seen one while driving my Pagoda (other than in Los Gatos); it was on one of my first drives in the car.  The other owner waved, and I tried to wave back but got my hand tangled in the steering wheel!

George Davis
'69 280 SL Euro manual
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 11, 2003, 19:02:05
Would you believe I see 3 or 4 every day, 7 days a week? Well I do.

Rudy
Los Angeles
1971 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Joe on August 11, 2003, 19:34:18
I saw two here in Colorado Springs last week, oddly enough. Both white on white, and both had hard tops on. They might have possibly been the same car.
Saw two near Austin, Texas in June, one an open convertible, silver blue, and the other red, with the hard top on.
The first one I ever saw, as best I can recall, was in Hilo, Hawaii in late 1968. I was standing just in front of a bridge, probably shirtless, trying to hitch a ride back to Ookala, and a striking woman zipped by in an open 113. I distracted her, I guess, and she swerved to correct her path after looking at me and glanced off the curb on the bridge. I hoped she would return for her hubcap, but she didn't. If she had, perhaps my life would have been different. Her hair was blonde, I recall, but I don't remember the color of the car. Now, I would remember the color of the car and not the other details.
Joe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on August 11, 2003, 23:36:18
When I was on a business trip in Mexico City early 2001 I saw only one classic car during the week I was there: a beautiful white W113 (of course there are also hundreds of thousands of VW beetles).

I imagine California and Florida must have the highest concentrations of Pagoda's anywhere in the world, and possibly the French Riviera still. And, in those climates, I can imagine you see them on the road frequently.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Longtooth on August 11, 2003, 23:39:57
Generally on street, traffic, parking, etc. I see maybe 2/month (different ones) in South Bay Area (SF Bay Area) & environs.  On a week-end in Napa Valley summer it's almost guarenteed to see at least 1 or 2 per day on a sunny week-end.

I have noticed a tendancy to see more in LA and Orange County coastal area's (Newport, etc), and San Diego on any specific journey in that area.

Specifically, however I see 1 or 2 a week at the location of my restorer friend.... either in some state of restoration or from a prospective or past client.  Most of these don't end up being sold to Californians ==== easterner's & other countries love the rust-free California SL's... so they're generally bought by out of state or out of country clients.... so I don't get to see them driving around after they're restored.

Longtooth
67 250SL US #113-043-10-002163
95 SL500
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Sphe on August 12, 2003, 00:32:55
I would say I see them 1-3 times a week. [Troy NY]
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ben C. on August 12, 2003, 01:47:15
Interesting topic !

Before I bought mine I had only ever seen Pagodas at car shows, and over the previous 10 years only 2 of them. When I started looking for mine I came across 1 locally which was not for sale.

Recently, this summer, whilst out driving mine I see on average 1 a month. I havent seen another for quite a while but one day last month I passed 4 on the same day, a black with black hardtop on, a silver blue with hardtop on, another silver blue with soft top, and a gold/green with black hard top on.

At a car show last month I met a few owners with their cars, a silver '64 230SL, a beige 65 230SL, and navy blue 280 SL and the most immaculate vehicle I'd ever seen a silver 280SL !

Regards,
Ben in Ireland.
'64 230SL 4sp.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Albert-230SL on August 12, 2003, 03:52:00
Excluding classic car events, and meetings of the Mercedes-Benz Club Spain (where are quite a lot of members with Pagodas), living in Barcelona is not easy to see classic cars here: traffic is intense, and it's really difficult to park in the street, so classic car owners prefer to keep them in the garage, and enjoy them during the weekend... unless you accidentaly met Roger Polls (one of our Board members) who uses his white 230 SL as daily car in Barcelona... even with an special seat for children at the back for his little son!... and coming soon: the second seat for child in his Pagoda!  :)

Regards,


Albert de la Torre Chavalera
Barcelona (Catalunya/Spain)
Feb.'64 230 SL Euro 113042-10-002432
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on August 12, 2003, 05:49:41
I rarely, if ever, see another W113 on the road. I use my car as often as I can both during the week and on the week end. The car draws lots of attention from guys of all ages but women never see it.
I know there are other Pagodas in my town/city because I have spoken to the owners on here or Yahoo etc, OR I have seen them at the local MB club meetings.
The MB concourse was on last Sunday with at least 3 cars for judging and 3 others including a LHD car, for display only. Some were presented beautifully and some, well, it is amazing how the cars have been individualized over the years.
I was out one day in my Toyota and there on the side of the road was a 250CE broken down. I pulled over and offered the guy the use of my battery to get him started. I told him I have a 250 SL and he said he knew my car because he had seen me driving it around. Funnily when we introduced ourselves he had the same surname as mine. Freaky!

Bob(Brisbane,Australia)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bayleif on August 12, 2003, 11:08:37
Cees,
You are right, it was Freiburg. As far as the rest of the story, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) it didn't involve a Pagoda so I probably shouldn't take up room with that here. Someday, when we meet.

Chuck Bartlett
1969 Signal Red 4 Speed
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on August 12, 2003, 12:22:38
quote:
The car draws lots of attention from guys of all ages but women never see it.


Bob - Yes, the only SL my wife ever notices are the brand new ones.  Some how, her sense of taste is directly related to price tags.

Rodd
1966 230SL Euro
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 12, 2003, 12:54:03
I probably see one or two daily, since we seem to have at least 5 in my town [San Diego CA] that are daily divers for some. There are two older women here that have pristine 280sl's that they've had since new, but as much as I try, they don't seem to want to get rid of them.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bob G on August 12, 2003, 13:07:18
You should come to Los Angeles & beverly Hills. Classic car bug has bitten all who can afford it here. It is not rare to see another Pagoda at all with High price Porsches, Mercedes and BMW running around you would think it was the daily driver for this part of town. Pagodas hardely get noticed except by me when I go to chase one down so I can inform the owner of our group.
I have seen some very nice exsamples restored and unrestored driving around my neiborhood. Makes me want to get my car finished .
 I kow when these cars were new people used to flash their headlights at each other does anyone do this any more?

Bob Geco
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: LFrank on August 12, 2003, 14:29:13
There are five in my neighborhood in Wash., DC, but their owners seem to be reluctant to show these beauties off -- but I took mine to work today! Nevertheless, a pretty rare sight. (Mine, actually, is the first one I ever saw; I bought it a year-and-a-half ago from an estate sale behind my late grandfather's house). And yes, trips to L.A. (2x year) amaze: I usually see three or four, all seemingly pristine; In the hills between San Diego and LA (State Route 79; Aguanga), I pulled my cheesy rental car off into a storm of gravel upon spying a gorgeous 280 sl by an historic chapel. The owner popped out, I told him of our shared interest, but have yet to see any posts from him on my favorite site(s)...California vanity plate "bon bon", where are you?

LFrank
Washington DC
65 230 sl
DB334/Hellblau
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 12, 2003, 16:54:52
Hey Bob, if you ever see a gold 280sl with whitewalls, ratty looking, with exhaust hanging low, running around Brentwood, Santa Monica or Venice, give me a beep. I'd beep back but my horns are missing. My lights don't flash either. Did you know in L.A., it's ILLEGAL to flash your headlights? Honest!

Rudy
Los Angeles
1971 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on August 12, 2003, 20:06:38
There are a couple of 113s in Athens (Georgia, USA) and a dozen or so in Atlanta. I usualy see about one per month. 107s I see every day.

Daryl
'64 230 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on August 17, 2003, 07:03:48
If I really tried, I could see another one every day (guy up the street here has one too!), but on average I'll see one or two a month "in the wild".

Classic car drivers typically wave at one another... although open top cars wave at open top cars, MB's will wave at one another. Some snooty old MG TD or E-type owners will not wave at a German car. I suppose they are too busy keeping all the bits from falling off!

Peter

Check out http://bali.esweb.nl for photographs of classic car events and my 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on August 19, 2003, 10:00:10
Well, I'm new here...an American living in France.  I have a 68 280SL *red* in Sarasota, Florida.  You asked this question at a great time.  I just came back yesterday from the Speyer SL birthday party, where we saw HUNDREDS of Pagodas!!!  I was in heaven!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on August 19, 2003, 10:04:24
Oh, and Peter that's not fair what you say about E Type owners.  My other car is a red E type, and it's got all its bits...  People shout at my Pagoda in Sarasota all the time--they love to see it and ask all about it.  I see perhaps 2 a year there...

Trice
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Douglas on August 19, 2003, 10:42:48
During the summer months out on the east end of Long Island (the so-called "Hamptons"), you see several Pagodas a day, particularly on weekends.

Owners are generally happy to acknowledge other Pagoda drivers, but waving between owners of dissimilar classic cars is not common. Definitely a "team sport" out there.

Douglas Kim
New York, NY
#018260
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on August 19, 2003, 14:53:05
quote:
Oh, and Peter that's not fair what you say about E Type owners. My other car is a red E type, and it's got all its bits... People shout at my Pagoda in Sarasota all the time--they love to see it and ask all about it. I see perhaps 2 a year there...

Dear France,

I should have added a  :)  because you're right of course. Only with about half the E-types you see, do bits actually fall off. However, most drivers do wave here in Holland... I was just referring to the minority that don't.

But if I understand correctly, you have 2 classic cars, both in Florida, and you live in France? That must be grim...

Peter

Check out http://bali.esweb.nl for photographs of classic car events and my 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on August 19, 2003, 15:55:11
Peter - this coming Thursday I have a hunch there will be 3 Pagoda's in your street ...

Cees
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on August 20, 2003, 15:49:42
quote:
Peter - this coming Thursday I have a hunch there will be 3 Pagoda's in your street ...

Cees
That of course would mean you intend to bring yours! Great! Would you like me to call my neighbour (couple of streets up) round?

Peter

Check out http://bali.esweb.nl for photographs of classic car events and my 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on August 23, 2003, 05:35:30
No, Peter it's far from grim.  I am in Sarasota in fall, again at Christmas, and again at Easter, and I keep an 85 635CSi in France, plus my fiance has a De Tomaso, a Corvette, and a Ford GT40, all in France.  We are really car nuts.  We may enter the rally at the Eibsee in Bavaria next month!  The problem is which car to bring.  I am famous for waking up rude Germans by shouting Gruess Gott!! at them when they fail to say hello, so of course I always wave to old cars I like.  

Trice (alias France)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 23, 2003, 09:08:59
There is this old woman I see on the days I drive to work at 5 or 5:30 am. I could be driving any kind of expensive or inexpensive car or truck. Ferrari, Aston Martins, BMW, Chevy, new Mercedes, and she doesn't look twice. If I am in the 71 280SL, she waves and smiles at me like crazy. She must have some unbelievable memory of this model of Mercedes. One of these days, I have to ask her about that.

Rudy
Los Angeles
1971 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 23, 2003, 09:10:31
I forgot to add; Trice, I can't imagine the thrill of driving a GT40 through the French countryside at speed!

Rudy
Los Angeles
1971 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on August 23, 2003, 09:59:50
Rudy - what kind of work do you do that has you driving to it at 5:00 AM?

This lady probably owned a Pagoda at some point. Or her lover did.

Come to think of it - there were almost 50,000 Pagoda's manufactured. About half are estimated to still exist today. Assuming the average length of ownership is, say, 10 years, then there are probably around 125,000 former owners that have fond memories of their Pagoda. Wonder how many more will come after us?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on August 23, 2003, 15:57:46
quote:
Rudy wrote:  Ferrari, Aston Martins, BMW, Chevy, new Mercedes, and she doesn't look twice.
And
quote:
Cees asked: Rudy - what kind of work do you do that has you driving to it at 5:00 AM?

Cees has a wonderful way of asking irrelevant questions. More to the point:   :)
Peter

Check out http://bali.esweb.nl for photographs of classic car events and my 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on August 23, 2003, 17:03:17
Everything is relative. I mean, if Rudy happens to be 25 years old, the older lady he is referring to might be your age, Peter! (and mine)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 24, 2003, 02:58:21
Just a word from Belgium here,

Apparently, there aren't many Pagoda's around here, I saw one plus a 190 SL a couple of weeks ago during a Classic Car Tour, but I saw about 422 last weekend in Speyer.

All of the Oldie owners wave to each other, even to the occasionally Dutch Classics we see here.



Willy, 230 SL 1967 - 220 SEb 1965
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 24, 2003, 07:10:56
I very rarely see another Pagoda. However, it is summer in Houston, so it is convertible weather for only the very serious.
An interesting observation: You can tell the people that have a love for MB's as a vehicle versus those that own them for status. MB lovers will wave or pull up and start a coversation. Last evening a woman pulled next to me at a traffic light and started a conversation. She was driving a 560SEC and said she has a 1971 280SL, and she seemed to be knowledgable about 113's. We talked about mechanics in the area and she knew the gentleman that I use. I really enjoy driving a car that is clearly different from everything else on the road.

Regards,
Stan
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on August 26, 2003, 13:46:53
Hey there. You know, I saw this thread last week and I was ready to reply "next to never." There are reportedly about 5 Pagodas in my neck of the woods (Nevada County, CA.) But in 5 years living here, I have only met one owner and maybe have seen one other. However ...

Three days ago an older gentleman (maybe 75+) pulled up to me at a stop light in a lovely red 280SL. His words were "I like your taste in cars..." What could I say? except same to you! Then, yesterday, I was scooting along and passed another beauty, a fantastic blue 280SL!! (hey DM)

I guess all I can say is I'm on a roll!!!

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on August 26, 2003, 20:08:53
Hello All,

I just returned from vacation. I flew to Ft. Lauderdale FLA, and then rented a car and drove the 200 miles to Key West. Drove around Key West than up through the Everglades and finally back to Ft. Lauderdale where I boarded a boat to Freeport Bahamas. I was all over the Grand Bahamas. Finaly back home. During this entire trip not one pogoda sighting.

My advice to all 113 lovers, for your next vacation boycott south Florida and avoid Freeport. Better to be in New York during a power failure where a Pagoda Lover can spot a good 113.

Daryl
'64 230 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Joe on August 26, 2003, 20:28:16
I was in Atlanta last week on bidness, and went up to Dahlonega, in northern Georgia, on Saturday morning to waste some time. While crossing the street, I saw the familiar front end of a Pagoda coming towards me. I instinctly put my hand over my heart, and the gentleman stopped. We chatted a few minutes while the car idled on the side of the street. It was a beautiful white 1968 280SL, and he lived in Athens, Georgia. He said there are a number of those cars there, and last summer, at a local meet, 132 of them showed up.
Joe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on August 27, 2003, 02:19:55
Joe, I don't know that many posters will understand your reference to bidness, but I enjoyed it.  Oh, the South...

Daryl, begging the question of why anyone would want to be in Florida-Bahamas during summer, this may be the reason you did not see many 113s.  Very few people want to drive their babies in the pouring hot rain.  I will be in Bahamas on Dec 1 and will look out for 113s when it's warm and dry.  After that you can spot me driving around Sarasota with the top down... and I do see several a month during the holidays.

Cheers,
Trice

The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer...Oscar Wilde
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on August 28, 2003, 09:01:28
James..
In addition to the five you know about there is another brown 280SL owned by a local winery.
The driver of the red Pagoda you mentioned is, I believe, 82 years of age and is original owner.  The car has more than 200K miles.
Thanks for the complement on the Blue 280SL you saw...
Dick
1970 280SL Blue
Nevada City, CA



quote:
Originally posted by J. Huber

Hey there. You know, I saw this thread last week and I was ready to reply "next to never." There are reportedly about 5 Pagodas in my neck of the woods (Nevada County, CA.) But in 5 years living here, I have only met one owner and maybe have seen one other. However ...

Three days ago an older gentleman (maybe 75+) pulled up to me at a stop light in a lovely red 280SL. His words were "I like your taste in cars..." What could I say? except same to you! Then, yesterday, I was scooting along and passed another beauty, a fantastic blue 280SL!! (hey DM)

I guess all I can say is I'm on a roll!!!

James
63 230SL

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on August 30, 2003, 15:23:08
Hello All,

Just back from a business trip to NJ. Drove aroung North New Jersey for a couple of days. Thursday night when I stepped out of my Seacaucus NJ Hotel, I heard a band playing, so I followed the sound to the nearby shopping plaza and then found a car show in the parking lot I would guess 40 to 50 cars, half of them Corvettes. 2 '57 TBirds and a 55T-Bird. Lots of Detroit Muscle cars, a couple of porsches and one young lady brought her 12 cylinder E-type Jag. But Alas no 113s or for that matter no Mercedes at all. Made me wish I had crossed the river and went into the city [NYC] and looked there.

I guess I need to buy equipment from a different part of the country.

Daryl
'64 230 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on September 01, 2003, 09:37:25
I was told there are at least 5 in Singapore though I have seen only one other W113 in a classic car showroom. This was sitting next to a 190. Neither were in mint condition but that is the sad state of classic cars here, they are never well maintained.


Tim
1965 230SL
1965 Sunbeam Alpine Mk IV
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: gwuisman on September 01, 2003, 13:19:20
This year I saw a lot of Pagoda's. In the garage 2 under resauration, one parked near a house in Rijnsburg, a nearby village, a beautiful white 280sl. Just passing my front door a few weeks ago a less beautiful 230sl. I made the driver stop and he happened to live just three blocks further. Finaly 364 and more in Speyer on the 17th of august.
Gerard Wuisman
1970 280sl
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bayleif on September 03, 2003, 11:17:26
Just back from vacation. I saw 2 Pagodas (Pagodie?). One in Seattle, brown with a mostly brown interior. The dash had been redone in a lighter brown / tan cow hide looking stuff. The second was being raffled off by the Victoria B.C. Opera company as a fund raiser (shows that the Pagoda has class, in my neighborhood the volunteer fire company raffles off vintage Vettes). It was mostly a deep blue (not original, the dash was still white) and blue interior.

Chuck Bartlett
1969 Signal Red 4 Speed
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on September 03, 2003, 16:44:18
Chuck - I was in Victoria last year, and the Opera company then was raffling a green with tan interior Pagoda. I bought a couple of tickets, but of course no luck ...

Cees Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on September 03, 2003, 22:11:27
Cees...
Must have just missed you... I also bought tickets on the Opera car with the same result.
Dick
Nevada City, CA
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: W14 on September 06, 2003, 15:38:25
Living in Victoria, I buy a ticket every year, and they must have "lost" it again!!
My ticket for this year is hanging on the wall, and the draw is on Sep.15th.....
But this time....IT'S MINE....ALL MINE....MMMUUUUUAAAAHH, MMMUUUUAAAHHHH...

(ps: please feel free to contact me when in Victoria - my car is finally on the road, and we can do a "Pagoda Tour" or something!!)

Will W14
1965 230SL 4spd
Victoria,BC
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jonny B on September 07, 2003, 14:16:17
There are a few 113's here in NE Ohio, one belongs to a good friend of mine that I see at the local car shows. Other than that, they are quite rare. Not exactly on topic, but close. Last week while coming back from western Ky on I-24 I saw two 300 SL's, a gullwing and a roadster. I have no idea where they were heading (west toward Illinois). They were not wasting any time moving westward.

Jonny B.
1967 250 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on September 19, 2003, 02:55:33
Finally, (except for Speyer) for the first time since I came to France, yesterday at 6 am we spotted a silver/blue hardtop 280SL near the German border, a really nice car.  Not only that, but at 4 on the way back from the trip, she was spotted again coming the other way.  She had a Karlsruhe license, so her German owner must have spent the day tooling around Alsace.  

By the way, anyone considering a driving trip in Europe should check out the  Vosges Mountains--there are miles of beautiful winding roads, vineyards, great restaurants... and NO traffic.  I am always amazed when I drive out of the village and into the hills.  There is simply no traffic any time of the year.  Just beautiful vistas, little villages full of flowers, fun driving.  



Trice
1968 280SL US, signal/bl leather, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Douglas on September 19, 2003, 03:11:07
Slightly off-topic, but not too far off the mark:

After 2 weeks in Alaska where, for some reason, I didn't see any classic cars, I stopped by Seattle for one evening.

Just as I walked up to a nice restaurant there (Dahlia's), a 300 SEL 3.5 (W 109) in a light brown color was pulling out of a parking spot.

I have never seen a vintage Mercedes that looked as good as that car did at that moment.

Douglas Kim
New York, NY
#018260
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on September 20, 2003, 12:04:56
I work in Beverly Hills, a block from Rodeo Drive, with a window facing the street. It's a non-stop car show, yet I spot maybe only three 113's a week. Without fail, every morning at 8am a stunning white 280SL rolls by, driven by a distinguished older gentleman, top down with tonneau protecting all but driver's area...a joy to the eye and a balm to the soul...It is satisfying to note that in this jaded burg the restrained, elegant and timeless Pagoda gracefully maintains its rightful place in the Pantheon of great design. The Pagoda nevers shouts...only whispers good taste, balance, stength and yes: intelligence.
That counts for much where the car-scape is cluttered with Modenas, Lagondas and Arnage Red Labels...not to mention Jay Leno's Blower Bentley!

230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: kns on September 21, 2003, 02:57:45
This city (Perth in Western Australia) is about as far from Beverly Hills as you can get, both literally and 'car-scape'-wise. There are one or two noted car collectors (one of whom has the good grace to house his collection in two museums open to the public), but this is not otherwise a car fancier's Mecca. One of the local families of note run a few classics, and could (one assumes) drive whatever they choose. It is heartening that the matriarch of the family, a distinguished lady "of a certain age" (all ladies are twenty one and some months.....) CHOOSES as her daily driver the 250 that she has owned from new. She can often be spotted on local highways travelling between engagements, and is instantly recognised by her car. Otherwise, Pagodas seem to be few and far between.

kns

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Douglas on September 21, 2003, 10:46:20
How often do I see another Pagoda? Not very often. And that includes even my own, particularly this summer. I've been either rained out, potentially rained out, or "blacked out" (is this a new verb?) of every car event I've planned to attend this season.

Things were different yesterday. Richard Madison and I proudly caravaned out to New Jersey in our Pagodas (along with Mrs. Nordmann, the wife of the later president of Mercedes from the 70s, in her E320) to attend a New Jersey chapter picnic at the farmhouse of longtime Mercedes enthusiast, John Bleimaier.

Here are a couple of pix of the event:


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More pix to come....

Douglas Kim
New York, NY
#018260
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ben C. on September 24, 2003, 02:41:34
As I've said before I rarely see any over here in Ireland, except at car shows and also cars belong to other members. I'm meeting one tomorrow night in fact !

Anyway on Monday I was driving to Galway in the west coast and about 20 miles out I spotted a red Pagoda aproaching. It had German (I think)plates and was beautiful red with tan soft top. It looked great and had massive road presence compared to all the other mundane machines !

I flashed lights and gave the thumbs up and recieved two big grins !

Regards,
Ben in Ireland.
'64 230SL 4sp.
'03 CLK Kompressor
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on September 29, 2003, 07:04:54
This is hard to believe...I've only seen one Pagoda in France or Germany in 2 years (aside from Speyer gathering).  But everywhere else I go, there are 190s.  Two weeks ago I posted a sighting of a 190 on the Costa Verde in Portugal, on top of a mountain (lazily posted on "which other antique car do you own" thread).

Late last week I crossed the Piazza della Repubblica in Rome.  There in front of a posh hotel were 6 190s, all in beautiful condition, and a 300 roadster.  But no Pagodas...  I shudder to think what happened to these cars in trying to get home when the blackout hit on Saturday night.





Trice
1968 280SL US, signal/bl leather, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on October 22, 2003, 00:00:20
Uh-oh.  I had the last sighting too.  Just returned from running the Ford GT 40 in the historic Zugspitz-Cup race, a regularity run up a 2.6 km overall 12% grade (but some parts very, very steep) on the highest mountain in the German Alps.  This was the first time it's been run since the War--it started in 1928.  Weather: absolutely glorious golden top-down snow-capped fall-colour crisp.  Three Pagodas showed up, one an early 230, the other two both 1970 280s.  One particularly fetching blue model driven by a "mature" man who was so bent over it didn't look as if he could drive.  His daughter served as co-pilot/timekeeper and they didn't do too badly.

They put us in first position, probably to announce that this was a RACE (the 40 being a rather seriously sexy number and screaming red).  Over 10,000 people lined the roads, dotted the forest, camped in the meadows.  I don't know how they got insurance.  As we roared up the hill, people snapped billions of pix and waved thumbs-up.  With 140 cars divided into 2 groups, we formed an almost constant parade through the tiny mountain village of Grainau.  People were really, really jazzed.  

Practice started with a bang, when the ugly souped-up Beetle driven by an idiot lost control, crashed just before the finish line and burst into flames.  During the first run a 911 bounced off the guard rail on the steepest tightest curve.  The next day another 911 was jockying with an E Type and went underneath the bent-up railing and into the forest.  The one-legged driver walked away.  There was also a Lola driven by a youngish man who had been paralyzed from the waist down in another race.  He still races that car...

It was our first race, and we were pleased to acquit ourselves above the middle of the field.  All in all, a wonderful weekend of beautiful old cars.

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal/bl leather, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on October 22, 2003, 01:12:50
Like Mogul123, I work in Beverly Hills too. And I live about 1 1/2 miles from there. In the aproximate 7 minutes it takes me to get to work, I can usually spot at least one other 113....and not always the same one, if I make my way "downtown" Beverly Hills, more than that! There are two shops there that people who drive these cars flock to...Royal Motors and in the garage below them, one of the finest restorers of Mercedes there is anywhere...Scott Melnick. Always a treat to visit Scott, even though he grabbed the Beverly Hills Classic with one of his restored 113s ( a real trailer queen...the car, I mean). So, yeah...they are out there! 8)

Steve W.
1968 280SL
www.stevewaddington.com/camaro
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on October 22, 2003, 13:23:17
Another place that still has its share of Pagodas is Palm Beach. I lived there for some time and on a normal day I could spot at least one. A natural place for this car.

Cees Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on October 22, 2003, 17:59:59
Here's an interesting twist ... I answered this a few months back with "next to never" given I live in a smallish community. All told (or is it tolled?) there are maybe 6 in our county...

Anyway, the other day I was coming home from work (45 mins away) and happened to take "the back way" through some small towns. Well, I passed an old service station and spotted a white Pagoda inside the garage. Immediately, I whipped in there, just to take a gander. I was in my truck, so it wasn't obvious that I had "Pagoda-itis"...

Well, it was not bad looking really, a 64 euro 4-speed -- and had a for sale sign on it (no price). A couple of "ol gas station types" were hanging out...and kind of watching me... so I said hey does it run? One guy said -- yea but needs a new fuel pump ... other guy says "and the hardtop's never been off..." so I sensed these guys were jokers and maybe didn't know too much ...I said "so how much ya asking?" Again, one guy says "4 grand cash"... I checked it out a bit longer and headed home ... wondering is it really 4000? or would they take 2000? still wondering....

And, it was still there last weekend as I meandered by!

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on October 23, 2003, 11:07:05
OK, I'll bite.  Where do you live?

Rodd
Powell, Ohio, USA
1966 230SL, Euro, Auto, Leather, both  tops
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on October 23, 2003, 11:23:16
Hey Rodd

Not meant to bait anyone ... just another Pagoda sighting story. Having said that, I live in California, in the Gold Country, about an hour Northeast of Sacramento.

If my situaton at home were conducive to having a second Pagoda --as a project or  a parts car, I may have pursued it. (although like I said, it was not that shabby). Mentioned it to the wife -- and well, let's just say , I am a one Pagoda kinda guy...

I got the impression they were not the owners, and that price may have been an uneducated attempt at humor ... But it COULD be that whoever owns it thinks it has major problems when it may just need some TLC ... and at 4 grand, I was eyeballing the chrome, the straight panels, the euro headlights, and all red taillights! !






James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on October 25, 2003, 11:03:42
For what its worth (and that IS the question), the car is still there...

Mel's Chevron 530-346-2913 Colfax California

I am not going to call -- it could become a matter of "if I didn't know now, what I didn't know then.." But I would gladly look at it closer for anyone who might be interested.




James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: pembash on October 25, 2003, 16:48:01
quote:
Originally posted by J. Huber

For what its worth (and that IS the question), the car is still there...

Mel's Chevron 530-346-2913 Colfax California

I am not going to call -- it could become a matter of "if I didn't know now, what I didn't know then.." But I would gladly look at it closer for anyone who might be interested.

Hello All,
I called Mel's Chevron to ask about the '64 Euro Pagoda. It is still available. The asking price is $ 26,000.
Hope with this the anxious speculation of Pagoda Lovers comes to rest.
Best
Bob


James
63 230SL

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on October 25, 2003, 16:56:20
Thanks Bob.

Well, like I said -- the guys at the station were in the dark. And just to throw in my humble opinion: the car is worth more than 4 and less than 26. Split the difference and it may be a deal.

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: pierre on December 08, 2003, 14:50:24
A late reply to that topic.
A few days ago I saw a Pagoda in a car park in Perpignan,south of France  but its licence plate told it was coming from the region of Toulouse, about 200 kms from Perpignan. Other signs show that the car seems to be driven quite often: It had a modern Windshot and a Gpl gas system (bi carburation)to reduce driving costs. I took a picture of the airshot equipment, but I don't know how to insert it into this message. If your car has a third seat like mine, that "Kindersitz" has to be taken away.

Pierre . 230 SL 113042 02443
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Joe on January 26, 2004, 13:29:18
We watch a lot of the Home and Garden TV network (HGTV), and have spotted, twice in the last week, an ad for DIYNET.com that features a guy polishing a red Pagoda in his garage. There are three shots, front, rear and dash, and each one is a fraction of a second. Has anyone else seen this ad? Perhaps the car belongs to a list member.
Joe
1965 White Euro, 4-speed
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on January 27, 2004, 09:56:31
They're very common in southern CA. I even see them come in for service here at Caliber once in a while.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on January 28, 2004, 17:27:57
Well, I realize this was a thread within the thread but since we are back on the subject:

The car in Colfax is still sitting there (see below). Hasn't moved in 3 months ... Anybody feeling frisky? Do I hear 10K out the door? (although it already is outdoor -- ouch!)

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on January 28, 2004, 23:26:16
This has been a really long thread, hasn't it? I'd like to report my most recent Pagoda spotting experience. A few weeks ago I was driving along my favourite section of winding road near home and on a sharp bend passed a Pagoda going in the opposite direction. It was like looking in a mirror. The car appeared to be identical to mine. I've seen plenty of silver, red or white Pagodas and occasionally ones painted other colours but never another car like mine in the flesh. It is a light blue colour but much richer than the sky blue cars I've spotted from time to time. We both had our tops down and gave each other a big wave. Haven't seen it since.

Regards

Mark

1965 230 SL light blue, auto, RHD
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on January 29, 2004, 08:40:56
I saw an interesting Pagoda a few weeks ago.  I live in the far Northwest reaches of the Columbus, Ohio Suburbs.  It's fairly rural but getting built up with homes, shopping centers, schools, golf courses, etc.  Anyway, near my house I saw (going the other way, of course!) a Pagoda being carried on a flat bed truck.  The car either was very rusty or possibly had been through a fire!  It had no top up, no hub caps, and I couldn't see head rests so I don't know if had an interior with out them or no interior at all!  It looked to have some chrome still as I recall seeing some reflective parts, but I only had 1 or 2 seconds to quickly recognise it, let alone take a good look at it.  I don't even know if the head and tail lights were intact!  Anyone in Central Ohio know where this car was coming from or going to?

Rodd
Powell, Ohio, USA
1966 230SL, Euro, Auto, Leather, both  tops
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: isofast on June 10, 2005, 04:12:55
I spotted a very nice 280SL at the upholstery shop. Like mine it was having a new Gahh top installed. Room for two cars at this shop nice to see it sharing garage with another Pagoda. Ken E B on the license plate. Anyone here?
Elmhurst city sticker.
 :)

First Place AACA Show Winner 350SL July 2003
I love low mile Mercedes.
First Place AACA Show winner for 2004 280SL
1969 280 4spd Papyrus White
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on June 10, 2005, 08:21:09
Since the thread is resurrected... a note on the '64 in Colfax I referred to earlier: still sitting in same spot (note the dates of the threads). Very sad it has had to endure lots of rain and snow. I hope somebody rescues it.

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on June 10, 2005, 09:54:14
James,

What is the conditin of the car now?  Still worth $10K?

Louis
70 280sl auto red
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on June 10, 2005, 12:48:18
Hey Louis. Well, I have stopped and looked it over a few times in past year(s)... I doubt much has really changed but can't say for sure. These are the plusses: chrome (bumpers, trim, etc) looks to be mostly there and good shape. All-red tail lamps. Euro lights in good shape. The hard top is on -- looks to be equivalent to rest of car paint wise. I'd say paint is "fair to good" relative to your average car. Interior, if I recall is also average -- by no means thrashed where you'd say it needed to be replaced. These would be the minuses: probably not running (could be something simple or not -- who knows?). There is some rust in rocker panel areas, again who knows how severe. Its a pretty car from 10 feet.

So to answer your question: I have no idea! I'd say if rust doesn't scare you off, its worth 8-10 for sure. I'll be driving by again Monday. I can refresh my memory. (or even sneak a few digitals if anyone would like...

Disclaimer: see it yourself before you make an offer. My two cents may be worth about that much...

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bob G on June 10, 2005, 12:59:39
In Los Angeles the car capital for Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and all other exotic or not so exotic brands of automobilie I have to say that I spot lots of Pagoda SLs. they seem to be a popular classic that is easy to drive and yet maintains some exclusivity of presents of their owners, doctors, laywers movie mogals. Who knows quite a few movie stars as Heritage motor cars has leaked to me use this car for their drive to the studio lots.
I would have to call it a favorite next to the 1955, 56 & 1957 thunderbird.
Although the Mercedes-Benz SL is the number one popular car of sucessfull working women and men.
Bob Geco
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hauser on June 10, 2005, 16:54:53
Not often enough. :(

1969 280sl 5 spd
Gainesville, Fl.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on July 21, 2005, 13:01:37
Well, two weeks ago, I took my car to Tahoe -- and didn't see a one (except my own of course...)

This week I went up again -- in my truck, not my car -- and I spotted three! Number one was a nice white California Coupe. (I left an invite to our group! Hope they look us up.)

Second one was a Nevada plate -- very nice red 230 with white hard top. That is a very 60's combo but looks really good to me.

Number three was actually a longshot -- I was cruising my sister's motorbike on a side street and spotted a car under a cover. The tail pipes looked similar to ours but were not chrome. Still, it drew me in. Then I saw MBZ bundt rims and stopped. I looked a little closer and spotted none other that the notorious FSVT! Dead giveaway. Tires were low and cracked -- so I am guessing it hasn't moved in a awhile!

Sorry to bore anyone -- but I really enjoy seeing other cars!

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: TR on July 21, 2005, 14:36:06
James -- We drove 4,300 miles earlier this month (Boise-St. Louis-Boise, with some fun side trips).  Didn't see a single W113.  

I guess I rather like the increasing rarity of these cars.  I sure appreciated & enjoyed the recent photos of the 3 cars together there in your area though.

Tom in Boise
'71 280SL 4-spd, signal red w/lt. tan interior, restored/enhanced
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on July 21, 2005, 17:54:22
I have to go to Napa about once a month and I always check-in with this one 230sl.  It is white and sits in some guy's driveway under a torn and worn cover weighted down with concrete blocks - on the hood, on the top, and on the trunk. A sad sight...  The car has not moved for at least the last six months.

Louis 70 280sl red auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on July 22, 2005, 16:32:15
Waaaaaaah!  Never.  Carling is soooo lonely in Sarasota.  She cruises the streets, top on and A/C blaring 33 degrees in the 90-plus swelter.  In winter she takes her top off hoping to attract another W113, but no luck.  I've been told another red one lives in town, but I've never seen her. As I said in another post, someone is restoring W113s and putting them in his showroom, and when he sells them I never see them again.

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder
Sarasota FL; Alsace France
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Raymond on July 22, 2005, 17:10:13
I saw this one eastbound on on J.T.B. here in Jacksonville Sat. July 8th.  I snapped this photo with my cell phone.  I followed him onto A1A heading South through Ponte Vedra.  I don't know who it was. He had a Florida Antique tag and didn't respond to me waving from the window of my Acura. Rear badge said 280SL Automatic.  

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Ray
'68 280SL 4-spd Coupe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: TR on July 22, 2005, 18:02:47
Ray -- That's a good one!  And your story sure made my wife smile.

Tom in Boise
'71 280SL 4-spd, signal red w/lt. tan interior, restored/enhanced
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on December 12, 2005, 13:48:10
Sorry folks -- had to resurrect this thread again. If anyone scrolls through this, I have spoken of a parked 1964 Pagoda that has just sat and sat and sat at a small-town gas station near me. Details of condition are in those posts -- and are strictly based on my casual observation. No connection to seller at all.

Today, as I passed it, I noticed it now has a "for sale" sign. 9K or OBO. Talked with the owner/mechanic for second -- claims it runs great but battery happened to be dead. A poor excuse really, since its a service station. Claims lots has been done to trans & engine. I have nothing to back that up but highly doubt it was anything nearing a true rebuild. I will say, however, this guy looks hungry to me. (read OBO)... If anyone out there is lurking from the Nor Cal region and wants to roll the dice, this could be an interesting bet. Happy to answer anything I can.

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: waltklatt on December 12, 2005, 14:14:21
Depends on how much driving I do, but at least one or two per week here in the DC area.
Walter Klatt
1967 220SL-diesel
1963 230Sl-gas
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: TheEngineer on December 12, 2005, 18:12:28
A whole bunch here in Seattle. My neighbor across the street has one and another I see parked a few blocks down. Down the street another guy has a blue one. Saw a red one, just like mine in Burien: I'd have followed her home, but she was going the other way and I didn't want to do a Uii. I guess - in Seattle - people have nothing better to do.

'69 280SL,Signal Red,113044-12-007537,tired engineer, West-Seattle, WA
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: PnHi on December 13, 2005, 10:58:28
When I traveled 95 alot between Baltimore and Philadelphia, I would see one every once in a while.  A year ago I noticed a white early 250 sitting in a Volkswagon repair shop rear yard five minutes from my house.  Stopped in and was told it belonged to a small paint shop in the rear of the building.  Met the shop owner and was told it appeared in his yard a month or so earlier with a note to paint it.  He didn't have the owners number at the time and I said I would stop by later. I was interested because it was an earlier early European 67 250 and mine is a US 68.  It also had these wierd little front side lights (Italian?).  The shifter didn't have a knob on it, but shifting through the gears, yes,it was a five speed.  It sat throught the winter and was finally put in the shop in the spring.  I haven't seen it since. I think I'll stop by today.

Mike C.
Aberdeen MD
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jonny B on December 13, 2005, 11:37:17
Yes, the little round marker lights on the front fenders are the mark of Italy. Just ask Rodd M for more details on that.

Jonny B
1967 250SL Auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: pcbenz on December 16, 2005, 22:07:06
Here in Kansas, our Pogodas are farely rare.  I saw one, cream with the top down, hear in Wichita in late summer but no others here in a town of 500,000 population and 1.2 million in the 100 mile radius. Whenever I drive mine it draws a lot of attention.

PCBenz

quote:
Originally posted by cees klumper

I thought it might be interesting to share our experiences - last week, I saw another (white) W113 on the highway, in regular traffic. A very rare site here in The Netherlands (excluding classic car events of course). I think that, by and large, I run into some 10 Pagoda's annually this way.

How is your experience in this regard?

1969 280 SL automatic

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: George Des on December 17, 2005, 08:46:11
On the way home from the Pentagon last evening around 5:40 or so on Rt 50 West right before Ft Myer, I saw a Blue 280SL heading west. Tried to pull along side in my Silver S430 --thought it looked an awful lot like Michael Eagen's car but couldn't be sure--yesterday morning here in D.C. was absolutely horrible with black ice everywhere so was surprised to see one out an about. Michael was that you?

George Des
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on December 17, 2005, 11:48:48
I had another engagement in Frederick, MD on the day of the Pagoda gathering at Tom's home.  On my way home I thought I might try to stop by Tom's to catch the tail end of the meet.  The beltway was really backed up heading into Virginia so I ducked down the Clara Barton Parkway to Chain Bridge to pick up the George Washington Parkway to Alexandria.  As I was heading up Chain Bridge road to the Parkway a dark red 280SL with matching hardtop and DC plates was heading downhill towards the bridge.  What a pretty sight!  That's the only chance sighting of a Pagoda I've had all this year.

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bjudd on December 17, 2005, 15:34:13
I live across the bay from San Francisco where I've spotted six or seven 113's in the last half year in my immediate vicinity including:  two forest green, brown, silver, yellow, white ones & a sweet 190 in the Montclair area of the east bay hills.  

The brown '70 280 belongs to a 80+  year old man who lives a couple miles from me.   This past spring when I was waiting to pick up my car I knocked on his door, introduced myself and we talked about his pagoda for a long time.  He drives the car regularly and loves it dearly.  His reflexes aren't great so he drives very conservatively and has had his top off only once in the last six years.  So, this fall when I offered to take him for a drive he marched straight to my car and off we went for a drive with the top down.   The faster we went the more he loved it.  His smile was from ear to ear and he had an ongoing "ooohhh" as we flew along.   We've had two more drives since then and I plan to keep it up come spring.

bjudd
1969 280 SL 5 sp
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on December 17, 2005, 16:00:45
There's one dark burgendy red 230 SL that is parked outside in a main street, downtown Amsterdam, during most of the year, for the past couple of years. I live not too far from where the owner lives and have seen the car drive through the city a few times. Sadly, the last time I saw it, about a month ago, I noticed the large center grille star has gone missing.
Aside from this one car, we very rarely see a Pagoda on the road here. I reckon my own car is the one spotted most frequently around Amsterdam, as I tend to drive it regularly year-round.

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on December 17, 2005, 16:52:32
quote:
Originally posted by bjudd

The brown '70 280 belongs to a 80+  year old man who lives a couple miles from me...
bjudd
1969 280 SL 5 sp



The original owner of my Havanna Brown 230SL bought it when he was in his 60's and kept it for 23 years.  It was only when he finally came to the conclusion that his diminished driving ability might put his cherished car at risk that he reluctantly sold it.

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on December 18, 2005, 14:13:14
I was taking 'Snowy' (papyrus white 717, hardtop on) to an auto-electrican to have the alternator inspected (because of ignition light problems).
While I was waiting for a set of traffic lights to change to green, a beautiful top-down, maroon Pagoda zapped across the intersection.
As my car  was at the front of the queue, instant recognition was made.
We gave each other a friendly wave and smile. I have never seen that car around the city since.
The driver was a man in his late 30's. To my knowledge he is not a member of the local MB club.
I wanted to have a chat to him and let him know of this great web club.

The only other Pagoda I see regularly belongs to a friend from the local MB club.
He is a man in his mid 70's who drives his beautiful, restored, 1970 280SL Pagoda with a passion.

On club runs we often drive in front or behind of each other.

What a great sight to see a Pagoda in the rear view mirror!

Bob Smith (Brisbane,Australia)
RHD,1967 early 250 SL, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on February 09, 2006, 21:44:15
Visited San Francisco for a couple of days and spotted 7 Pagodas...
In addition to four pictured I spotted, in the Cow Hollow district, a red Pagoda with top off, red Pagoda top on and a cream Pagoda with a blk top.
Anyone we know?

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Dick M
1970 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on February 09, 2006, 22:20:37
Good eye Dick! A couple of those shots remind me of some detective show... (perhaps even, the "Streets of San Francisco" -- anyone remember that one?)

P. S. keep your eyes peeled in your own backyard this weekend, and you'll likely see another one!  8)

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: TR on February 10, 2006, 10:50:06
Dick -- I agree with James.  Great, and fun, pics.

Tom in Boise
'71 280SL 4-spd, signal red w/lt. tan interior, restored/enhanced
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on March 16, 2006, 21:11:11
I have been in Las Vegas on business (no, really) for the past three days and spotted two pagodas. A green car that looked to be a later version and an early (no headrests) ivory one like mine. Neither show up on the Frappr map.

Kevin Caputo
Boca Raton, FL
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Benz Dr. on March 16, 2006, 23:44:40
I see several every day. A dark maroon one, a white one and a silver one. If I lift a few car covers I can see a cream one too.

 The red one? I don't see ever.

  ( maybe this year, old rocket........ )

Dan Caron's
 SL Barn
benzbarn@ebtech.net
 slbarn.mbz.org
  1 877 661 6061
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: glennard on March 17, 2006, 15:49:34
Dick, In the Sausolito photo, is that the 'shooter' on the 'grassy knoll' ????
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on March 17, 2006, 19:45:08
Dear Cess,
In Connecticut (US), only saw 1 other Pagoda in 4 yeras, other than a friend's. We're alone!

One treat several summers ago...was taking a weekend drive, not really paying attention, and was honked at, and passed by, a Gullwing! Talk about rare!

Regards,
Joe Bango
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on March 19, 2006, 07:54:04
Hi Guys,

Finally!!!!  I've never seen another Pagoda in all my years in Sarasota, though I know they must be here.

Two days ago I parked Carling in the warm Sarasota sun in a nearby shopping center.  I was barely out the door when a man came striding towards me saying what a nice car I had.  I fired my automatic sassy answer, "Well, you can't have her!" and he said he didn't need her--he had one too.  He pointed out his '70 ivory with brown soft top parked a few rows away.

As he had an Ohio plate, I asked him if he knew Joe, and he did, and lots of other people too.  He handed me his card--Bill Sgro--he owns a new spa right in front of Carling's parking place. Small world!

 



Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder
Sarasota FL; Alsace France
There's two theories to arguin' with a woman.  Neither one works.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on March 19, 2006, 09:50:56
quote:
Originally posted by glennard

Dick, In the Sausolito photo, is that the 'shooter' on the 'grassy knoll' ????


Hi Glenn..
Only shooters I came across in Sausolito were being served at the No Name Bar.

Dick M
1970 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: joelj on March 26, 2006, 08:45:53
I see another pagoda every day since the car is parked along a street I use to go to work. Other than this pagoda I see one maybe once per quarter.

Cheers

Joel-j
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: John A. Dean on March 27, 2006, 10:44:22
Here in the land of pickup trucks and muscle cars I only see an occassional 113.  An attorney has a cream 230Sl which he stores in a warehouse.  It is in great shape except for a lot of dust and may be up for sale soon.  An LSU professor has a rough red car.  The most interesting one is a 1970 280 SL that a car dealer bought.  It was black, auto, air.  When he got it wanted it painted and then discovered all of the rust.  New panels, red paint and Rhino Liner in the wheel wells and trunk was his fix.  A non MB tex interior followed.  By the time this was fininshed the engine was frozen.  After an engine swap, the injector pump was trashed by the rust in the tank.  He got a new tank and pump. There was also new soft top, rubber seals and chrome bits.  $35,000 later he has a car that may be worth $10,000 and has been sitting on his used car showroom for the last five years.  Just proves that car dealers aren't necessarily knowledgeable about cars.

1969 280SL, manual, MB TEX, green/cognac
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: TR on March 27, 2006, 13:14:36
Saw a so-so white 230SL passing through Boise a couple of weeks ago.  First time I've seen another W113 here in a couple of years, maybe longer.

Tom in Boise
'71 280SL 4-spd, signal red w/lt. tan interior, restored/enhanced
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on March 27, 2006, 14:21:37
Well since this resurfaced...Some may recall that since this thread began I have mentioned the "sitting Pagoda" I passed often on my way to work. Anyway, after years of just sitting in that service station with a for sale sign on it -- gathering dust and other elements -- its gone. I am betting somebody got it for between 5-9K. It was worth it I think.

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on March 27, 2006, 23:20:05
A friend commented to me that he had seen one in my neighborhood sitting in a garage.  I finally found the car and owner (since 1970) of a 68 280sl while walking by his house.  The car was piled with boxes and appeared very unused but unharmed.  It is light blue (not my favorite color) and I would guess that it could be available based on its lack of use.  If anyone was interested I would be glad to pass it along.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on April 16, 2006, 13:56:15
Hi Guys,

We had taken the eType to the Lido for a little beach time, and on the way back through the Circle, we spotted a white Pagoda coming towards us, driven by a 60-something lady.  I waved valiently at her, but no response.  It's nice to know that Carling has another sister in Sarasota--we met an ivory 250 a few weeks ago just down the road whose owner knows Joe.  I also encountered a 500SL driver who admired Carling and is in the market for a Pagoda, and I gave him the forum business card.  Pagoda World, keep those cards coming, because I'm using them up fast!

Am I the only owner who just strolls out to the garage occasionally to say hello to my Carling?

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder
Sarasota FL; Alsace France
There's two theories to arguin' with a woman.  Neither one works.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ricardo on April 16, 2006, 14:24:49
Heck Trice...I say hello to "Elsa" every morning on my way to work....in my shop.... attached to my garage  8)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JPMOSE on April 16, 2006, 14:39:13
I saw a metallic red/palomino 280SL today in Ansley Park (Atlanta).  We honked and waved to each other.  It would have been fun to stop and talk but I was rushing to an Easter party.

Best Regards,

J. P. Mose
1968 250SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on April 16, 2006, 20:51:54
quote:
Originally posted by France

Pagoda World, keep those cards coming, because I'm using them up fast!
You may print your own.
http://www.sl113.org/membership/carcards.asp

Rodd
Powell, Ohio, USA
1966 230SL, Euro, Auto, Leather, both  tops
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on May 01, 2006, 07:46:36
Hi Guys,

On my last day in Sarasota, not only did I see the ivory Pagoda that knows Joe, but I saw a maroon/tan with hard top.  We were waiting at a 90-degree angle to each other at stop lights downtown.  He waved at me as I rounded the corner in front of him.  That makes 3 so far!

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder
Sarasota FL; Alsace France
There's two theories to arguin' with a woman.  Neither one works.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: waltklatt on May 02, 2006, 15:14:04
I spotted a deep brown 280SL with the side reflectors and light tan interior and a hardtop mounted in the Wheaton, Maryland area last Sunday.  Wonder if it belongs to anyone on the list here?
Walter Klatt
1967 220SL-diesel
1963 230SL-gas
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bearcat on May 02, 2006, 16:26:28
round my parts there are a few w113's but i regret to inform they are sh@t heaps. only the local club members have decent pagodas. having said that there is a 600 grosser in my neighbour hood and this guy is driving it as is daily steed. he got it re done in uncle sams back yard and shipped it back to ireland. the guy is worth more money than god and i admire him. he could have any car in the world but he drives a grosser....love it.

280SL 1970
Landrover 1975
Piper Supercub 1957
E220 Diesel 2005
TD5 LR 2005
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on May 07, 2006, 12:26:24
Driving back from Paris to Amsterdam today after spending a long weekend (including a day at Disneyworld Paris), I spotted a red Pagoda on the highway in Northern France, going the other way. A bit later, in Belgium, we saw an Aston Martin DB 2, along with a couple of other nice cars (TR 6 among them). Then, later on, spotted a bunch of Porsche 911's.

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on May 16, 2006, 04:23:56
I just had a 3 day break at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Thursday 11th May, I was driving to my motel and there coming towards me was a 230SL (RHD mirror) being driven by a blonde woman who was a bit startled to see another Pagoda.
We waved and continued on. (do Pagoda people wave to each other?)
The car looked to be in great condition with a cream colour soft top  and a red interior.
I never see another Pagoda unless there is a MB Qld Club run.

Bob Smith (Brisbane,Australia)
RHD,1967 early 250 SL, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mdsalemi on May 16, 2006, 10:20:24
In my nearly 20 years in the metro Detroit area, I have seen two (2) 113's, other then "the usual gang" of ones I know about around here, including Norton, Mike Webster, Roman, etc.  I'm sure others have passed but I wouldn't miss too many...I've had my eyes on these cars since the 1960's of course!

I would hazard a guess that many of these mysterious 113's we see buzzing by with people we don't know might very well be this "silent majority" of owners who know very little of us here in cyberspace.

Michael Salemi
1969 280SL
Signal Red w/Black Leather
Restored
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Chad on May 16, 2006, 19:07:23
That's cool Cees. I used to drive a DB 2. It was the only one I ever saw. A very cool car, and fast. Such a problem if it needed a significant part.



quote:
Originally posted by cees klumper

Driving back from Paris to Amsterdam today after spending a long weekend (including a day at Disneyworld Paris), I spotted a red Pagoda on the highway in Northern France, going the other way. A bit later, in Belgium, we saw an Aston Martin DB 2, along with a couple of other nice cars (TR 6 among them). Then, later on, spotted a bunch of Porsche 911's.

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic



1967 230SL (Manual)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on May 16, 2006, 22:56:46
quote:
Originally posted by hands_aus

I just had a 3 day break at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Thursday 11th May, I was driving to my motel and there coming towards me was a 230SL (RHD mirror) being driven by a blonde woman who was a bit startled to see another Pagoda.
We waved and continued on. (do Pagoda people wave to each other?)
The car looked to be in great condition with a cream colour soft top  and a red interior.
I never see another Pagoda unless there is a MB Qld Club run.

Bob Smith (Brisbane,Australia)
RHD,1967 early 250 SL, auto



Was it Beige... the car that is?  I spoted a Blond lady in a Beige Pagoda in Sydney last year.

Dick M
1970 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on May 17, 2006, 06:38:17
I see a tragic pagoda on my ride to work every day. 280SL without head rests. It's parked in the fenced in back of a car dealers lot, maroon, with hard top, ny tags expired in 95. I approached one of the salesmen about it who said it belongs to his boss, and not for sale. I told him that the one of the windows was down and he said he'd let him know. needless to say several weeks later the window is the same and the poor car sits.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on May 17, 2006, 10:36:08
Hey Dick. While not half as exciting as a blonde in a Pagoda in Australia, yesterday an older gentleman in a white one passed me on 174 while I was picking up the kids (I was in the F150). I may have seen him once before. In addition, the other day a lady came up to me in Nevada City and explained that she has a 230SL parked in her garage gathering dust. She wants to sell it -- I offered to look at it and help price it (hmmm)... So, there may be more closer to 10 Pagodas right here in our dinky western Nevada County...

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: gugel on May 17, 2006, 11:52:24
The other day in the Los Angeles area I briefly followed a white 250SL that appeared to be very clean, but it had a bike rack mounted on the trunk!!  Wonder how often he repairs and refinishes the trunk lid?

Chris Earnest
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on May 17, 2006, 14:25:34
quote:
Originally posted by J. Huber

Hey Dick. While not half as exciting as a blonde in a Pagoda in Australia, yesterday an older gentleman in a white one passed me on 174 while I was picking up the kids (I was in the F150). I may have seen him once before. In addition, the other day a lady came up to me in Nevada City and explained that she has a 230SL parked in her garage gathering dust. She wants to sell it -- I offered to look at it and help price it (hmmm)... So, there may be more closer to 10 Pagodas right here in our dinky western Nevada County...

James
63 230SL


James..
Let me know when you go look at that Pagoda..
We need to get together so I can give you the radio knobs David Pease left for you about a year ago or so...

Dick M
1970 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on May 17, 2006, 16:12:37
quote:
Originally posted by Dick M
James..
Let me know when you go look at that Pagoda..
We need to get together so I can give you the radio knobs David Pease left for you about a year ago or so...

Dick M
1970 280SL



Ouch. The Guilt... Okay, I'll be in touch. I am off for the summer, so a ride or two is definitely do-able.

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: keesing on May 17, 2006, 17:17:16
I really just like the double-take looks and very odd comments...
One day I go for coffee in my red Pagoda and the next day I take the Yellow one! One guy told me "it's beautiful, but why did you paint it yellow, the red was really a supurb paint job?" I smiled and said I agree, maybe I'll go back to red tomorrow! He thinks I'm nuts!!

When I drive the 260... nobody says anything (?)

1967 250SL Signal Red
1969 280SL "Tweety Bird Yellow"
1987 260E Charcoal
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on May 18, 2006, 02:31:04
That's what I noticed as well - we get so many compliments ("what a nice car you have")!, while modern cars that can be twice as expensive to buy and much more expensive to drive (mostly due to the depreciation) never get a second look or compliment.
The other thing people, who are not 'into' classic cars, tend to say, after they hear my car is 37 years old, "but it still looks so good, it's like new!". I then always say: "any car could look like this after 37 years, if only they were maintained properly" which is true of course, however nobody ever replies, they just sort of keep looking amazed.

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on May 18, 2006, 19:56:42
quote:
Originally posted by Dick M

quote:
Originally posted by hands_aus

I just had a 3 day break at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Thursday 11th May, I was driving to my motel and there coming towards me was a 230SL (RHD mirror) being driven by a blonde woman who was a bit startled to see another Pagoda.
We waved and continued on. (do Pagoda people wave to each other?)
The car looked to be in great condition with a cream colour soft top  and a red interior.
I never see another Pagoda unless there is a MB Qld Club run.

Bob Smith (Brisbane,Australia)
RHD,1967 early 250 SL, auto



Was it Beige... the car that is?  I spoted a Blond lady in a Beige Pagoda in Sydney last year.

Dick M
1970 280SL


Hey Dick M

The car was white with a cream coloured soft top and red interior.
It looked great.

Amazing how much information we take in with just one glance.

Bob Smith (Brisbane,Australia)
RHD,1967 early 250 SL, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on May 25, 2006, 18:57:05
A couple of days ago I saw a white SL with a dark brown soft top on the Dulles Toll Road.  It was too far away to tell if it was a 230, 250 or 280.  Sure looked great though!

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on June 18, 2006, 22:34:23
Does this count? Today my sister in Santa Barbara emailed my wife (here, our new home, 7 hours away) and said "you better check the garage because I think I saw James in his 230SL here in SB yesterday!" Well, it sure wasn't me but I guess it was a "nice white" Pagoda (with an obviously handsome guy driving it...  ;) ). I suppose it could have been our own "65autoSL" (Bo). Bo were ya out and about this weekend?

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 65auto230sl on June 20, 2006, 07:37:09
hi james, i guess it probably was me your sister saw in santa barbara. i drive the sl everyday. i drive to goleta everyday (work sb chrysler jeep) and on the weekends especialy if it's a nice day. i have a few other cars but this is the only one i like to drive. my grandpa said to me the other day that i should start driving it less. that i should start driving my 300sd for better gas mileage etc. etc. i looked at him and smiled.he has no idea. i told him this damn car is the only thing that keeps me sane! we laughed and i took him for a little ride. i haven't heard anymore "suggestions" since. please tell your sister to say hi next time. and thanks for the nice compliment too.
bo
65 230sl
84 300sd
94 e320
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JPMOSE on June 20, 2006, 08:59:24
I saw a dark olive (291) 280SL in Charleston, SC this weekend driving down Meeting Street.  Within five minutes I saw a signal red 190SL.  This made my heart sing!

Best Regards,

J. P. Mose
1968 250SL
1987 560SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: George Davis on June 20, 2006, 09:31:36
Not Pagodas, but still fun: on Saturday saw a very nice 300 SL gullwing crossing an intersection ahead of me.  Half a block later I saw it joint up with a 300 SL roadster, silver/grey with black hardtop, very sharp color combo.  Definitely not a common sight around here.

George Davis
'69 280 SL Euro manual
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: enochbell on June 20, 2006, 12:21:51
Out for a run on Saturday morning, had a pristine red pagoda with the top up drive by (so I KNOW you have AC) in Delray Beach, Florida, on Military or Clintmore, don't recall which.  It was the first time I heard a W113 exhaust note from outside the car, what a nice sound!  Was that a board member?  Maybe Kevin in Boca?

g

'64 230sl, fully sorted out...ooops, spoke too soon
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on June 20, 2006, 15:47:16
On way home from Lake Tahoe Tues afternoon I spotted a white Pagoda pulling out of the Donnor Lake swim area...exchanged honks... anyone?

Dick M
1970 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: VivaDnA on June 21, 2006, 12:14:57
I spot one about every couple of weeks here in West Los Angeles, CA.  Spotted a very nice looking beige with biege top drive down my street yesterday!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on June 22, 2006, 16:02:56
Not me. Light Ivory with no A/C. This time of year only out at night or early am due to heat  8) . Was parked at Mizner Park on Sunday night. Not aware of a local pristine red car.


quote:
Originally posted by enochbell

Out for a run on Saturday morning, had a pristine red pagoda with the top up drive by (so I KNOW you have AC) in Delray Beach, Florida, on Military or Clintmore, don't recall which.  It was the first time I heard a W113 exhaust note from outside the car, what a nice sound!  Was that a board member?  Maybe Kevin in Boca?

g

'64 230sl, fully sorted out...ooops, spoke too soon



Kevin Caputo
Boca Raton, FL
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Raymond on June 23, 2006, 13:02:23
I Saw a gray 280 with the '68-'69 headlights on San Jose Blvd. here in Jacksonville Monday night.  The top was a shade darker gray than the body.  He got a little annoyed with me driving around him so I could see all sides.  Guess he didn't know why a BMW driver was waving and smiling.

Ray
'68 280SL 4-spd Coupe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: TerenceD on June 23, 2006, 14:07:16
I have seen a silver and a brown W113 in Montreal.  I was driving my red W113 eastbound on Hwy 40 in Montreal about a week ago and a silver one was westbound on Hwy 40, during a higher traffic time.  

Terence

1970 280sl
1969 300SEL 6.3
1985 Innocenti DeTomaso Turbo (and 1984 parts car)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on July 01, 2006, 15:59:16
Spotted a -very- dark blue one tooling around downtown Amsterdam this evening around 10 PM. Top down (it is warm currently, some 27 degrees Celcius), blonde lady behind the wheel and a small girl (daughter?) in the passenger seat. What a beautiful sight!

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ChrisInNashville on July 01, 2006, 21:20:27
It happened tonight!   I'm driving down a local "corn road" taking my son to see Superman Returns...and I see it cresting a hill.    I choked to my son  "there's another pagoda!"   So what did I do?   I did a dangerous U turn and followed the guy a couple miles to his destination (following in my daughter's Jeep).    Struck up a good conversation and will follow up later to get together...remember, there's only about 5 of these in Evansville.

...and we still made it to Superman on time!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Longtooth on July 02, 2006, 01:01:33
Haven't seen any lately on my commute or on various trips around Northern CA (Bay Area... mostly South Bay though).  Interestingly, I've seen one parked in a drive-way about a mile from me.... white with some kind of modern chrome wheels on it.  I haven't slowed down enough to check it out otherwise.... think it's a 230SL though.  I'll have to drop by and say hi to the owner one of these times.

There was one (baby-blue, dark blue soft-top), '69 280SL auto...at work sometimes in another parking lot.... turned out a lady I worked with owned it but she wanted to sell it... her dad's originally... so she was the original owner's daughter.  I put her in touch with somebody in San Jose that knew who was in the market for one like hers... it needed some work on the uphostery, dash, some minor door dings, the engine bay was a mess though.... no telling what kind of hack mechanic's had jury-rigged everything over the years to keep it running.  Now if it just been a 4 speed manual I would have taken it off her hands for her (baby-blue's not quite in my color liking regime though).  Fortunately, she got a good price for it (more than I would have paid for it).... but the buyer turned it around.... had the dings taken out.... cleaned up the engine and engine bay... replaced the floor Matts... took the dash apart, replaced the dash and cleaned up / refurbished the original wood... and sold it for a healthy profit within a couple months (circa 20% roi after expenses... not a bad return for 2 months use of cash).  

Anyway... I'm not seeing as many on the road as I used to lately.  Saw one last year in Sausalito cruising around downtown with top down during the evening (7 pm) in summer --- georgeous maroon red (whatever the actual MB color) 280SL automatic.... a single guy driving, trolling for something.

Longtooth
67 250SL US #113-043-10-002163
95 SL500
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on July 02, 2006, 15:42:27
Saw two more today! One parked on the side of the road in downtown Amsterdam. Then, having dinner in a restaurant, with my back to the open doors facing the street, I heard a familiar sound, quickly turned around and spotted another Pagoda driving by ... again in downtown Amsterdam. So that makes three in just two days. Plus my own, that I drove today to work on my boat.

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: harleydan on July 03, 2006, 06:26:03
Hi,

I live in Parker, Colorado.  I saw a woman driving a top-down white Pagoda on Jordan Road on Saturday, and on Friday the same car but with a man and I presume the same woman on Motsenbacker Road.  I wonder if they read this forum.

Cheers,
Danny
1970 280SL Euro manual silver

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 66andBlue on July 03, 2006, 18:40:24
There were two in my mechanic's garage today. A 230SL, which I confused with mine since it has exactly the same body and softtop color but with a manual shift, and a brown 280SL. I asked him to hand over the Pagoda SL Group cards.

Alfred
1966 blue 230SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: richow on July 31, 2006, 20:13:13
I live in the Hamptons (Long Island, NY), and there are lots of them out here...!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kenneth Gear on August 01, 2006, 08:04:47
This must be my lucky week as I have seen two.  One was parked on the side of the road in San Franscico where I was traveling on business, not sure of the correct color but it was a beige or very pale yellow.   I returned home to Alexandria and saw another -- same color -- about a mile from my house while I was heading to work one morning.

Always brings a smile to my face.

Ken G
1971 280 SL
Silver/red
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on August 01, 2006, 22:45:17
Just got back from Lake Tahoe. Saw a real nice Red one pulling out of Harrah's. Hope whoever it is won MY money back!

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on August 02, 2006, 05:38:37
Hi Guys,

Coming home in Monster (de Tomaso Longchamp; 6 litre engine, suave Italian body) from the Klosters Classic on Sunday--gorgeous weather all over Switzerland.  In the middle of Biel, we saw a 230SL in lovely light metallic blue.  Of course, she was topless, and the couple in her looked happy.  No wonder!

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder
Sarasota FL; Alsace France
If you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on August 03, 2006, 17:22:32
I see about one a week in Santa Barbara or in Southern California.  That's probably the exception,though, because if you drive through Malibu or on the Ventura freeway east of Thousand Oaks, Porsches and Bentley GTs are a dime a dozen wiht Hollywood crowd. In the last couple of months on the Venura Freeway just east of Santa Barbara, I have seen a 300 SL roadster, a gullwing and two Porsche Carerra GTs.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on August 04, 2006, 15:01:35
If you think seeing a Pagoda is rare these days, think of this:  Last weekend I was tooling around in the Pagoda near my mountain place in the Virginia and I came across a Renault Alpine approaching in the other direction.  He waved, I waved, and we both pulled over to check out each other's cars.  That thing is tiny and LOW - and a lot better looking in person than in pictures!

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: n/a on August 04, 2006, 16:20:30
The other night I went to the cigar lounge at the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena.  There were a dozen or so Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches, etc. parked outside and one light ivory Pagoda with the top down.  When I came outside, even with all those other "supercars" around, there was a crowd of 4 or 5 people gathered around the Pagoda glaring in admiration!

I spot one in the greater Los Angeles area about once every 6 months or so.

Joe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kenneth Gear on August 04, 2006, 16:40:10
What a great thread... posts from the every corner of the world.

Ken G
1971 280 SL
Silver/red
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jsaylor on August 04, 2006, 18:23:04
Just saw a 280SL while in Salt lake City.  Odd green w/ Tan interior.  What I drooled over though was a'59 190SL Silver w/ Black l
Leather Restored.  LIC# MY59SL  Very clean.



Jim Saylor
Kauai, Hawaii
'65 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: wgl0 on August 10, 2006, 21:18:48
We live in Portland, OR and see very few W113's





68 280SL very low miles
Signal Red  Parchment interior
License 68   SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on August 11, 2006, 07:49:11
I am at 125 and counting for the day

SL club Pagode in Stuttgart! :D
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on August 11, 2006, 14:01:29
Tosh,
Make sure you tell every Pagoda owner about our Group!   :D

Rodd
Powell, Ohio, USA
1966 230SL, Euro, Auto, Leather, both  tops
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on August 14, 2006, 04:13:52
The event had over 190 cars - all of which had a police escorted convoy through Stuttgart to front of house parking at the new museum

Not a bad day out. Although a hell of a drive home, mostly in the pouring rain. 565 miles in 9.5 hours - which I am sure you've spotted is averaging 60mph - including all rest stops, tolls, traffic queues....getting out of Stuttgart/into central London..[:p]
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: saygold on August 14, 2006, 20:56:42
I live in Vancouver BC now, and have seen 3 W113s in downtown Vancouver in the last few weeks - a red one on Thurlow and Georgia Steet, a light blue 280SL who was just parking his car on Thurlow near Barlay, and a dark green one several times (or several dark green ones) on Denman street.  I think the beautiful weather brings the beautiful cars out.  

Ken
230SL (white, Euro, 4-speed)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: George Davis on August 14, 2006, 21:47:55
Saygold and wgl0,

look in "Events" for the Seattle gathering at Craig's in September.  Hopefully all attendees will see a few more Pagodas than usual!  I plan to be there and will drive up the day before from Portland.



George Davis
'69 280 SL Euro manual
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Amanda on August 21, 2006, 18:16:29
In the past month or so since I've really been paying attention, I've seen four.  One cream/off white driving on Beverly in Beverly Hills, one light blue parked at a house on Riverside? in Burbank, a silver parked in the parking lot for the Four'n 20 restaurant in Valley Village, and a black driving somewhere that escapes me right now.  Have yet to have the chance to meet another owner though.  Hope to soon.

Amanda
1966 230SL
Manual
Red/Tan
Los Angeles
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on August 28, 2006, 10:02:30
My wife and I came up on one last night aroung 10:30 on I-66 in Gainesville.  We continued together in traffic for almost 45 minutes until the Gold 230SL turned north onto I-395.  Looked and sounded great!

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on September 07, 2006, 15:18:11
On my way to a round-table discussion about Sarbanes-Oxley (don't ask) this afternoon, I passed a nice blue 280 SL near the city of Utrecht. Always a nice surprise.
Last weekend I was driving my own SL on the highway around Amsterdam, and someone honked and waved at me - turned out to be a colleague from work who knows my car and thought "that's probably Cees". I guess we oftentimes pass people we know on the road, only we don't notice them because of the bland daily drivers we all tend to have.

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on September 10, 2006, 01:25:39
Saw another one (dark, dark blue this time) parked on one of the Amsterdam canals as we passed in our motor boat. Older cars seem to go better than modern ones with the historic city centers here.

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on September 10, 2006, 21:45:36
Not often enough lately! On September 1, I drove from Santa Barbara to the LA airport area for a meeting. Nothing.  Nice drive back in the afternoon, though.  Three days in Monterey last week. Nothing. Football game at the Rose Bowl yesterday. Nothing.  German Auto Fest (Porsche only) in Ventura today. Nothing. I've seen dozens of really great cars the last few weeks, but nary a Pagoda. I used to see at least one a week in Central/Southern California, but not another one for last two months.  

Let's get those Pagodas on the road folks!

Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmon red, sand beige (on order)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ken Cox on October 14, 2006, 06:55:15
Hi. Just saw one Friday the 13th in Cornwall Ontario. Black on Black. Lived here for 16 years and first time ive seen it. \\69 silver/Blue 4 speed

Ken Cox
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: RBurg on October 14, 2006, 09:51:05
Last weekend on way to Hayward Wisconsin  Park out in the middle of nowhere in a farm yard "FOR SALE" 280SL 71 Red - black top and interior. -re sparyed  with gray fleck in the trunk. asking $29,900, Worth between 15-19k He may have it for a long time - unless some sucker comes along and pays the asking price.

Ron - Minnesota
71 280SL Tobacco "O GIGI"
97 E420 Silver Mist
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on October 19, 2006, 07:36:25
Not a real exotic sighting, but I saw a 280 SL in a parking garage near LAX on October 17.  Red, tan, tan soft top.  It looks quite similar to mine, but maybe not in quite as good condition. I was in a hurrying to get home, so I didn't study it.

After a meeting the next couple of days, I'm staying in Monterey for the American LeMans Series races, so I hope to run across some Pagodas here.

Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmona red, sand beige (on order)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on October 19, 2006, 11:43:25
Rod,

Don't forget to download and print some of these cards.  You can put them under windshield wipers of Pagodas you see around Monterey (or where ever you might be).
http://index.php?topic=1910

Rodd
Powell, Ohio, USA
1966 230SL, Euro, Auto, Leather, both  tops
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on November 04, 2006, 23:20:56
After a very long dry spell, I finally spotted another Pagoda. It was white with hardtop, probably a 230 (I just drove by quickly in my own) on Coast Village Road, Montecito (Santa Barbara) CA and it had a for sale sign on it.

Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmona red, sand beige (on order; built 10/16/06; due in San Diego 11/19/06)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on November 05, 2006, 05:45:37
I plan to spot one really, really soon. I will be flying into Miami on Wednesday and reunited with Carling for that glorious south-Florida winter after a six-month hiatus.  I'm looking forward to installing that new 3.27 diff this winter!



Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
You only need 2 tools in life: WD40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ChrisInNashville on November 05, 2006, 10:32:30
Happened last week in Bloomington Indiana while I was checking on the progress of my heater core replacement.

Met the owner of a '67...what's unusual is that there's only about three of these in town, so for our paths to have crossed at the same time is pretty ironic.   All three are red!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: AGT on November 05, 2006, 11:48:00
I spent ten days in California last month and only saw one Pagoda - a silver one at the Pacific Grove entrance to 17 Mile Drive. The weather was lovely and I was surprised not to see more Pagodas - where have you all hidden them?

Off topic, but what was remarkable in California was the number of old W123 turbodiesels. I had thought that the USA market did not buy diesels. Can anyone explain why the world's supply of W123 diesels (other than those which are taxis in North Africa)has concentrated in California?

Regards
Andrew
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 65auto230sl on November 05, 2006, 13:29:14
yesterday i saw two of them here in santa barbara. both for sale!! a white 67 parked on coast village road that had a sign in it reading "no rust $23,000" and a creme one parked at milpas motors. the creme one had just been sold a few months ago. i would have to assume that it's back on consignment? all very interesting to me as it would take a very large prybar to get me to part with mine!
bo
65 auto 230sl white


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Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on November 05, 2006, 14:07:17
I often see (the car I want) a very nice 280SL in navy blue in central london. I think he is in films as he often has a tripod and is always with nice looking women.

Nick350
r107 SL red
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on November 05, 2006, 14:46:21
quote:
Originally posted by AGT

Off topic, but what was remarkable in California was the number of old W123 turbodiesels. I had thought that the USA market did not buy diesels. Can anyone explain why the world's supply of W123 diesels (other than those which are taxis in North Africa)has concentrated in California?

Regards
Andrew



Diesels often start out thier lives in the upper midwest farm states running on tax exempt "Off Road" tractor fuel, as they get up in miles and the compression drops down to where they won't start on -30deg. mornings they migrate to the warmer southwestern climate.

113-042-10-014715
built 11 Jan 66
904/396 blue, Ivory Tex
condition- rust bucket
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: tuultyme on November 05, 2006, 20:52:55
Today I was taking my wife out for a drive down Sheridan Rd here north of Chicago for her birthday; nice sunny day; good day to skip the football game.  Not many of these types of days left for this year in this part of the country.  Any way met and passed a Pagoda with a dark color top on a white car.

Bruce; 268Blaugrun(green) 1970 280SL; IL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on November 11, 2006, 10:40:52
Hi Guys,

Coming out to the parking lot of the Old Salty Dog after lunch on the impossibly turquoise waters of the inland waterway, 80 degrees and sunny.  There was a white 280SL 1968 (so the front plate said), black leather.  Looked in good nick.  Sorry I didn't have my usual stash of Forum cards to tuck under the wiper; they just don't fit in a bikini!

(For our international friends, some states, such as CA, mandate legal plates front and rear.  Other states require just a rear plate; your front plate can be anything.  Carling caries my old CA plate in the front.

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
You only need 2 tools in life: WD40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tom230sl on November 11, 2006, 10:57:46
quote:
Originally posted by tuultyme

Today I was taking my wife out for a drive down Sheridan Rd here north of Chicago for her birthday; nice sunny day; good day to skip the football game.  Not many of these types of days left for this year in this part of the country.  Any way met and passed a Pagoda with a dark color top on a white car.

Bruce; 268Blaugrun(green) 1970 280SL; IL

cool. I grew up around there, North Chicago & Libertyville...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tom230sl on November 11, 2006, 11:10:24
Trice,  so I think we would all relate better
if you included a photo (bikini) with your post!

oops wrong forum...  

kidding!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on November 22, 2006, 19:55:31
I was at my local Borders bookstore last Saturday and when I went to purchase a Barrett-Jackson magazine, the woman at the register said "you must like vintage cars". I of course responded "yes". She then went on to mention that she had a 1970 Mercedes SL convertible at home in her garage! I replied, what a coincidence as I have a 1967 Mercedes SL convertible. I gave Joan our site info and promised to stop by and take a look. Lo and behold, not 10 miles from me is another 670 light ivory 113. A gift from her son, no less!  





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Kevin Caputo
Boca Raton, FL
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on November 23, 2006, 14:35:59
quote:
Originally posted by KevinC

I was at my local Borders bookstore last Saturday and when I went to purchase a Barrett-Jackson magazine, the woman at the register said "you must like vintage cars". I of course responded "yes". She then went on to mention that she had a 1970 Mercedes SL convertible at home in her garage! I replied, what a coincidence as I have a 1967 Mercedes SL convertible. I gave Joan our site info and promised to stop by and take a look. Lo and behold, not 10 miles from me is another 670 light ivory 113. A gift from her son, no less!  





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Kevin Caputo
Boca Raton, FL
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex



Kevin, that link to the pic doesn't work

Bob Smith (Brisbane,Australia)
RHD,1967 early 250 SL, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on November 25, 2006, 19:14:51
Didnt realize that the name of the attachment could not have an apostrophe.

-Kevin



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Kevin Caputo
Boca Raton, FL
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Shvegel on November 26, 2006, 09:43:39
I see a couple of 113s in Cleveland. One that I have worked on(I am a mechanic by trade) and a beautiful silver one that I saw going down Cedar Ave with the top stuck in the half open position. I wanted to flag the owner down and help but by the time I got turned around she was gone.

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Post by: rhersberger on December 08, 2006, 23:24:21
While walking in Santa Barbara this morning, I saw a black 280SL with hardtop as it passed me on the road. Seemed to be only in fair condition and did not have original black or blue California plate that is very desirable.



Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmona red, sand beige
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on December 19, 2006, 20:25:44
when exiting a parking structure downtown Atlanta today I spotted a red 230SL with a front plate that indicated it was a 1964 model. Unfortunatly it was 5PM and cars were behind me so I was not able to stop and look at it......they were already honking because I looked for 30 sec.

Daryl
'64 230 SL Buckeye Benz Scarlet interior and Grey top Serial # 508
'77 280SE
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on December 30, 2006, 23:10:47
Saw one for sale at Montecito Motors in Santa Barbara. It was on the show room floor, so I didn't get out to look at it.

Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmona red, sand beige
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on February 19, 2007, 16:35:55
Last Saturday, February 17 was a lovely day for a drive with temperatures about 80F. For the first time in several years, I have the hardtop on mine, where I think it will stay until the rainy season passes.  My wife and I encountered a dark green, topless Pagoda in Montecito and it looked very nice.  Since we were traveling in opposite directions, we did not get a chance to meet.

Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmona red, sand beige
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on March 10, 2007, 17:52:06
Hi Guys,

Visiting my old home ranch in Sonoma, with a week of nursing preemie Nubian goat babies.   Noon Wed March 7, on a beautiful clear see-forever day, I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to SF and saw a silver Pagoda coming northbound.  Couldn't catch the number--man driving.  Anyone on the forum??  It was warm enough for topless!

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
You only need 2 tools in life: WD40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on March 15, 2007, 21:04:50
Oh dear, it's me again... Motoring down the coast from the ranch on Monday March 12--late morning on a beautiful clear 75-degree day-- at Rio Road and Hwy 1 in Carmel, we spotted a gold Pagoda with brown canvas top.  Not even 10 minutes later around the same area, we saw another gold Pagoda with hard top.  Could not have had time to change tops--clearly a different car, and yet I've never seen a gold on the road!  Next gorgeous clear day on our way to Big Sur, a 280 passed us other direction; the colour looked very orange-red, not Hellrot.  He Who Must Be Obeyed said the colour changed at some point in the 280 production...

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
You only need 2 tools in life: WD40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on April 01, 2007, 18:06:52
It was a good weekend for car spotting: I saw a very nice white 230SL with tan interior, top down on Channel Drive near the Biltmore in Montecito on Saturday and a nice red over tan interior, hard top on, SL - probably a 280 - heading north on 101 between Carpenteria and Santa Barbara.  I was driving in the other direction, so it was just a glimpse, but it looked a lot like mine. Also, saw eight Ferraris, one Aston Martin and three Bentleys. Kept me busy rubber necking!

Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmona red, sand beige
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on April 01, 2007, 19:12:06
I can't believe I missed a silver/grey car (hard top mounted) passing me in the opposite direction on Federal Highway in Boca Raton late this afternoon. It was only after I heard the two blasts of the horn(they obviously spotted me first!) did I look in the rear view mirror to catch a glimpse of the amber directional light lensed 113. Of course, I reciprocated with a similar reply!

Kevin Caputo
Boca Raton, FL
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex
2007 Lava Gray Audi Q7
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: tuultyme on April 02, 2007, 10:47:47
Met a silver/grey car top off in Clearwater, FL on March 19 while on vacation.  Waved from the Chrysler 300C so he just gave us a strange look as we passed each other.  Need some sort of gang sign/wave to indicate aproval.

Bruce; 268Blaugrun(green) 1970 280SL; IL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on April 06, 2007, 10:09:57
quote:
Originally posted by tuultyme

Need some sort of gang sign/wave to indicate aproval.
As they say in the Guiness beer commercials, "Brilliant!"  We must be able to form some kind of one-handed "P", or flash a 1-1-3 with the fingers or something.   :D

Rodd
Powell, Ohio, USA
1966 230SL, Euro, Auto, Leather, both  tops
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on April 21, 2007, 03:57:34
Hi Guys,

My last weeks in Sarasota...Home Depot yesterday, hellrot/black 1969 280 parked prominently in front of the store. Owner lives nearby,across 75 from me.  He was top-off and standing next to the car.  I zoomed in and parked at an angle in front of him, and his jaw dropped a bit.  We looked like a photo shoot and garnered lots of passing interest. He bought the car recently; it had been in a warehouse and its owner needed the space, so he sold it for $6000.  Looked in OK nick; new paint, little things missing; who knows what the internals are like.  It's a daily driver, not pampered. Certainly looked much better than the selling price.  I gave him the Forum card, so maybe we'll have a new member.

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
You only need 2 tools in life: WD40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on April 23, 2007, 19:05:12
Just cheating here a little,but I saw a silver Gullwing today driving along the Santa Barbara waterfront.  I was going in opposite direction in the Pagoda, so I couldn't follow to try to chat him up. I gave him an approving "thumbs up" I see a couple of 300 SLs each year, so encountering one on the street is not common, even in Southern California. Years ago I saw five traveling together on the PCH just south of Newport Beach.  That was quite a sight.

Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmona red, sand beige
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on April 25, 2007, 06:51:29
hey Ya'll

Yesterday when my garage was getting it's annual termite inspection, the tech said that he had just seen a Pagoda at a shop in Lawrenceville. He went to his truck and showed me some pictures of the DeVille that he was looking at, and parked next to it was a white 67 230SL automatic.

http://dixie-dream-cars.ebizautos.com/detail-1967-mercedes~benz-roadster-230_sl-1152308.html

Al

66 230sl
113-042-10-014715
904/396 blue, Ivory Tex
condition: not-as-rusty-as-before-bucket
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 65auto230sl on April 25, 2007, 10:58:43
yesterday while driving around, top down and in 75 degree weather,  8)  i spotted a brown pagoda with chrome wheels parked across the street from the santa barbara police station. this is actually the second time i've seen it parked there. my thought was that maybe it's owned by a police dept. employee. i dismissed the thought however as a little closer inspection revealed a registration sticker that said 2005. bad place to be parked with expired registration!
bo
65 auto 230sl white.

i'm still keeping my eyes peeled for rod and his red beauty. i'd love to see his car in person running around town.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on April 25, 2007, 11:46:57
quote:
Originally posted by 65auto230sl

yesterday while driving around, top down and in 75 degree weather,  8)  i spotted a brown pagoda with chrome wheels parked across the street from the santa barbara police station. this is actually the second time i've seen it parked there. my thought was that maybe it's owned by a police dept. employee. i dismissed the thought however as a little closer inspection revealed a registration sticker that said 2005....
bo
65 auto 230sl white.


Hey Bo. I'd say the expired plates might confirm it's a Police employee... just kidding -- if there are any of our Nation's Finest out there. My wife (8 years) and sister (16 years and still) worked for the SBPD. I can ask if anybody has one.

And I say you and Rod need to set up a Pagoda session -- I bet others from the south would want to cruise up for a visit... (and with advanced notice, I may even make it!)

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: wgl on April 25, 2007, 16:41:14
Saw one in Portland, OR yesterday, parked with the top down. In Portland in April that is a brave driver.

Bill Lindquist
280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on April 26, 2007, 15:02:48
Sunday 22 April was 'drive it' day in the UK. A weak attempt by the classic car community to get everyone out in their cars. To be fair, it was probably better attended out of London than in but I did see three new (to me ) Pagodas in the manor, extra to the two others within as many streets of my house. I always think that is a bit strange as there are not many other classics in town that are seen much apart from a few Astons and the odd Merc sedan and of course 911's.
I also saw a brilliant white one the other day that looked good, it was busy and he didn't look like a 'lamp flasher' to me so we didn't say hello.....I wonder if he's reading this now. Are you? Hello.
Anyway, I am watching 'The Core' on Film 4, a high end sci fi flick about the Earth ending due to magnetic core failure etc etc, God bless Hollywood. So must go in case I lose my place and then I wont know whats likely to happen, will I?

Nick350
r107 SL red
w113 SL white
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on April 27, 2007, 13:46:34
Hi All

I rarely see any , however ...

This evening on my way home going over hammersmith bridge towards Barnes on my motorbike , I saw a silver beauty [Reg FHM ] ....
Are you on this site ?  

kemal
280 sl manual
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on April 27, 2007, 14:05:41
kemel

do you work at selfridges?

Nick350
r107 SL red
w113 SL white
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on April 27, 2007, 14:56:10
No I don't work at selfridges .
Why do you ask ?

Kemal 280 SL Manual

quote:
Originally posted by nick350

kemel

do you work at selfridges?

Nick350
r107 SL red
w113 SL white

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on April 27, 2007, 23:35:54
I just wondered if you worked a Selfridges, thats all.
quote:
Originally posted by kemal shah

No I don't work at selfridges .
Why do you ask ?

Kemal 280 SL Manual

quote:
Originally posted by nick350

kemel

do you work at selfridges?

Nick350
r107 SL red
w113 SL white





Nick350
r107 SL red
w113 SL white
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on April 28, 2007, 08:51:23
Curiosity had me taking this one even more off track...It seems that Selfridges is more or less the London equivalent of a Nordstrom's or Macy's here in the USA? No autoparts that I can tell!

Anyway, I can't help but imagine Mr. Humphries leaping over the counter to offer me a hand....

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on April 28, 2007, 12:45:52
ooh, are you free?

quote:
Originally posted by J. Huber

Curiosity had me taking this one even more off track...It seems that Selfridges is more or less the London equivalent of a Nordstrom's or Macy's here in the USA? No autoparts that I can tell!

Anyway, I can't help but imagine Mr. Humphries leaping over the counter to offer me a hand....

James
63 230SL



Nick350
r107 SL red
w113 SL white
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rhersberger on April 28, 2007, 17:42:49
Getting back on track, on the way to dinner last evening, I saw a black Pagoda, top down, on Coast Village Road in Montecito.  Couldn't read the badging, since I was going the other way in a parking lane.



Rod Hersberger

Santa Barbara

'68 280 SL, red, tan, 4sp, two tops
'01 Jag S Type brg
'07 Cayman S Carmona red, sand beige
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on May 04, 2007, 12:46:00
Does this count? (How about half a point?) My Pagoda was spotted by another owner...

Yesterday, I decided to pull into a local church parking lot to mess with my idle (figured I could use the help!). Anyway, a gentleman pulled up next to me. Turns out he has a red 230SL at home. Nice guy and yes, I pushed the Website. Hope he turns up here... And Dick, he sounded interested in a Nevada County drive one of these days.

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: sjiatrou on May 04, 2007, 13:50:36
Spotted five in or near Monterey, CA in the past two weeks:

One beautiful green 280sl in the shop at Stahl motors in Monterey, another  280sl (gold) in their parking lot (the owner had put a strange looking hood ornament on it, my apologies if it's another SL group subscriber but it did not appeal to me!)  A white 2?0sl (only had a front view as it approached me)in Seaside, a light blue 280sl cruisin' in the Carmel area and a white 230sl patrolling downtown Monterey (I'm pretty sure it was not the same as the aforementioned Seaside sl based on license plate differences.)  (Several months ago I spotted a light blue 250sl zipping along Carmel Valley road)  All seemed to be in good repair and occupied by happy people.  Oh, and I saw the reflection of a gorgeous white '64 230sl roadster in a large plate glass window as I was driving mine in Monterey - does that count as #6?  The driver was grinning from ear to ear!

Are there any other high density pagoda areas out there?

Steve Iatrou
Seaside, CA
1964 230sl roadster
White (050)/Black (116)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rolf on May 06, 2007, 16:31:02
I was travelling with my son to the shore on the Garden State Parkway. We stopped at a rest area. On our way outside, there was a group of people standing around a car. As I got closer, I realized the car was a 1966 Silver 230SL. My son said to me, "That car looks the same as mine" I said, "Yes it does." I looked at the license plate and realized it was mine. There were about 10 people looking at it. One lady got my attention and we talked for about 45 minutes. She said that her husband had a 1981 380 SL and always wanted a Pagoda. She called him on the phone and he told her to take pictures of the car. While she took the pictures, I talked to him on her cell phone about my car. The experience made me feel great. She told me how  nice my car was and here I'm thinking how much work on it still needs to be done. It was a wonderful trip.

Rolf
1966 230SL Auto
1992 300D
1991 FLHS
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: t-ford_man on May 08, 2007, 06:42:07
I don't often see a pagoda here in southern Ontario (Canada) but on Sunday while driving into Orangeville on the Hockley Road, I met a green pagoda going the other way.  Unfortunatly, I was driving my wife's car so waving or flashing lights wouldn't have meant anything to the other driver.  Hope he is a member of this great club!

Carl Luttrell
1968 280 SL

Carl Luttrell
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: pierre on May 08, 2007, 15:54:04
I had a journey to Hamburg last month. The weather was fine, and I saw in a week 4 pagodas in daily traffic, as well as 2 convertible W111 and other good old mercedes. As I had my camera, I could picture some of them, for instance this one whose registration reminds our club:
http://www.hiboox.com/image.php?img=64d0d20e.jpg
http://www.hiboox.com/image.php?img=bf776a3d.jpg
http://www.hiboox.com/image.php?img=319be05c.jpg
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on May 20, 2007, 05:17:58
While driving mine with my wife & daughter yesterday through Knightbridge..
I spotted a pagoda in Beauchamp place ,Knightsbridge ,[ Reg; BBC ].

Are You here ?

Kemal 280 SL Manual 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: enochbell on May 20, 2007, 12:19:04
Spotted (but wish I had missed) a metallic maroon 280sl with gleaming chrome wire wheels on the display lawn of Red Barron Auctioneer in Atlanta.  It fit in with the rest of the outrageous and garrish lawn sculptures (12-foot-tall lions for your front gate; a 30-foot fountain for your back yard, etc.)  

Yeesh.

g

'64 230sl, fully sorted out...ooops, spoke too soon
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on May 21, 2007, 16:07:41
Last Thursday (May 17th, 5:30 PM) just as my wife was picking me up to go out of town:  A Tobacco Brown 280SL, top down, windows up, westbound on Rt.7 in Tysons Corner.  It was a nice day for going topless!

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on May 23, 2007, 02:32:22
Yesterday , late afternoon  a pale blue pagoda drove past my house in SW London ,  didn't catch the number plate .

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ami on May 23, 2007, 09:40:31
Yesterday, got a glimpse of the tail light of a pagoda, I think.

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: LFrank on May 25, 2007, 09:35:05
See 'em all the time here in DC -- but on Sunday, while looking at Open Houses I met a former owner who took me to his garage and gave me a box full of parts he'd neglected throwing away -- including the appropriate chrome rear-view for my 230!  A shout-out to you, former 230 sl owner Larry Doyle! (he now drives a Boxster...!)

LFrank
Washington DC
65 230 sl - auto
DB334/Hellblau
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dendrinos on May 27, 2007, 06:42:28
There is at least one other 280 sl in town here in northern michigan, usa. I see it on nice days. his/hers is white. Our town has not seen mine in years (10-15), but is soon to see much more of it.

Pete
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Naj on May 27, 2007, 08:22:26
Italian Pagoda seen chasing race cars along 'Mille Miglia' Route:


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naj

68 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on June 18, 2007, 13:54:22
I was riding along in an "S"-class taxi in Dusseldorf early this morning and just as I was thinking about 190 SLs (a former colleague had sent me an email about 190 SL engine rebuilding yesterday evening, and for some reason I was thinking about that email) I spotted one parked beside the road! As I was recovering from this remarkable coincidence I saw a Pagoda, parked just a bit further down the street!

This coming Thursday I can myself be spotted driving from Amsterdam to Frankfurt, and on Friday back again, for a business trip.

Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bjudd on June 18, 2007, 16:35:19
I drove into a body shop in Oakland CA this morning and found a very nice white 250 SL that was near completion of a nine year restoration.  It is owned by the shop owner so the paint and body were very nice.  The owners partner said it will be for sale and that they had it appraised by "Interstate Appraisers" for $36,000 (I saw the report) and plan to sell at $28.000.  (Does anyone know this company and where thier appraisals fall?)   According to her it is completely rust free.  Oh yes, four speed manual.  She said they just don't drive it much and that she doesn't like all the attention!  For example, the last time they drove it out to eat, they returned to ten or so gazing eyes hovering about the car.  Unlike many here who don't mind the attention (at all) it makes her very uncomfortable.  The owner was not in but I'll be back to pick up our family car and find out more.

bjudd
1969 280 SL 5 sp
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on June 18, 2007, 17:58:32
A white 230SL or early 250SL, top down passed in front of the Lincoln Mercury dealership where I work on Saturday afternoon, turning left off of Rt. 7 onto Spring Hill Road.  If he had glanced to his left he would have seen my Pagoda parked out front.  One of my co-workers spotted the car just before I did and remarked that he had never seen two of those in one blink of an eye before!

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on June 20, 2007, 04:48:45
This afternoon I drove our Merc 4x4 to pick up our daughter from school in Barnes & was pleasantly surprised by a drive by of a white pagoda [ Reg ; AAA ] driven by a young lady .

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on July 14, 2007, 00:03:44
Coming back to Washington from the mountains on Thursday afternoon in my wife's 20 year old XJ-6 I spotted a Pagoda ahead on I-81 near Strasburg.  We both turned off onto I-66 and I was able to catch up to it.  Turns out it was a black 230SL with black interior and West Virginia Antique plates, top-down, purring like a kitten, and a very contented looking fella behind the wheel on one of the prettiest days we've had all month.  We paced each other for a while until I had to peel off for fuel.

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: flacc on July 17, 2007, 12:57:57
Heading back to Connecticut from Millbrook NY, I turned onto route 22 north and there was a nice pagoda heading south, top down, beautiful Sunday afternoon in July (8th).  The car could have been  the same color as mine (white grey) but not sure.  I gave the guy driving the biggest thumbs up I could muster.  Made me really think about getting mine up North one summer. Much nicer driving roads than in South Fla.

christopher
1970 280sl
1985 300td wagon
1999 320 4matic wagon
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on July 17, 2007, 21:38:42
Christopher,

I just moved from south Florida to western Massachusetts and as much as I am NOT looking forward to winters here, I would have to agree that the driving on the backroads of MA and CT is a great improvement over the straight flat (boring) roads that I had become accustomed to!

Kevin

quote:
Originally posted by flacc

Heading back to Connecticut from Millbrook NY, I turned onto route 22 north and there was a nice pagoda heading south, top down, beautiful Sunday afternoon in July (8th).  The car could have been  the same color as mine (white grey) but not sure.  I gave the guy driving the biggest thumbs up I could muster.  Made me really think about getting mine up North one summer. Much nicer driving roads than in South Fla.

christopher
1970 280sl
1985 300td wagon
1999 320 4matic wagon



Kevin Caputo
Boca Raton, FL
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bob G on July 18, 2007, 15:54:19
Twice this week. One 230SL with a smashed front bumper and a female drive and the other in west Los Angeles this one my wife spotted , I got hear finally trained to  spot a pagoda.

Bob Geco
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: miniwarmth on July 19, 2007, 15:46:45
I was in NYC yesterday and saw a white with black soft top parked street side around 65th and Park.

'64 230sl
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on July 19, 2007, 18:28:29
That's a coincidence; I was also on Park and 65th last night! And watched the uproar from the steam pipe blast ...

quote:
Originally posted by miniwarmth

I was in NYC yesterday and saw a white with black soft top parked street side around 65th and Park.

'64 230sl



Cees ("Case") Klumper in Amsterdam
'69 white 280 SL automatic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on July 25, 2007, 19:27:51
A dark maroon 280SL with matching hartop came by me in the opposite direction on Tyco Road in Tyson's Corner this afternoon about 3:30.  I think it may have had chromed bundt-cake alloy wheels.

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rolf on July 26, 2007, 05:37:19
I was at the Mercedes dealer yesterday in Paramus. As I was leaving, they were bringing a 280SL onto the showroom floor. I asked one of the salesman if it was for sale or show. He told me it was for sale. It belonged to the owner of Prestige Motors. I was told, later in the day, it was most likely sold already. The owner was asking $40,000 for it.

Rolf
1966 230SL Auto
1992 300D
1991 FLHS
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on July 27, 2007, 08:32:36
Hi guys,

Motoring up Lago Maggiore, stopped just before the CH border on a cool leafy terrace overlooking the lake for lunch.  Halfway into the Parma ham and fresh buffalo mozzarella and before the spaghetti vongole, a red blur passed on the two-lane winding road along the lake.  We were able to identify it as a Pagoda, but not which model.  Any Italian or Swiss member?

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
Think of your Pagoda as a woman with a past...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: walcoff on July 28, 2007, 09:49:40
The guy across the street has a 64 230, same year as mine!

David Walcoff
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: waqas on July 28, 2007, 21:13:32
This morning, I went to visit a friend. To my absolute astonishment, I saw the most amazing sight!  There were dozens of Pagodas, all parked side by side, lining his entire yard as far as the eye could see!

Then I remembered I was at Joe Alexander's fabulous gathering of Pagodenfiles in Blacklick!  :D

WAQAS in Blacklick, Ohio
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on August 06, 2007, 00:48:56
Hi Guys(and I now use that term loosely, as we have at least 2 more girls on the forum),


Lovely warm evening yesterday, motoring in the Jag from Zofingen to Engelberg CH.  With the Alps in sight, we passed a blue topless 230 Automatic; looked in good nick, and the couple inside seemed to be enjoying themselves.

It's amazing to look at these posts and think how many of these beauties are being loved!


Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
Think of your Pagoda as a woman with a past...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on August 06, 2007, 05:22:54
MB Queensland Club had its concours yesterday (Sunday) down by Moreton Bay.
There were 3 Pagodas for judging with 3 others on Display.
One of the judged Pagodas took out best car of show.
It was a beautiful nut and bolt, back to bare metal restoration.

Throughout the day various cars cruised bye but one of the most beautiful was a gold 1968 280SL with its top down.

I handed out this clubs' cards to the owners and potential Pagoda owners.
http://www.sl113.org/membership/carcards.asp

Owner of one of the judged Pagodas told me he had 4 genuine offers in the price range $75-90K to buy his car

Bob Smith (Brisbane,Australia)
RHD,1967 early 250 SL, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on August 06, 2007, 06:15:04
I did the Helmingham Classic Car show yesterday

http://www.helmingham.com/eventsasp2.asp?ID=14

A very good day out. Saw just 2 other Pagodas. A '67 230 in cream with black hardtop on. Owned in the same family for over 30 years and in need of the expensive kind of love... the other a mid-1970 280 in a metallic light blue (not 906, I don't think) with parchment. A daily driver, which is always nice to see, especially when in such fine fettle

A good day out. Lotus were out in force, as were the TRs and was thinking it might be good to try do a visit there next year "en masse"
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ann on August 06, 2007, 23:11:12
I have seen VERY few on the road which is surprising since I drive all over Ventura County and San Fernando Valley.
Even at the local informal car shows the Pagoda is rare, and exciting. The *3* I saw last week at the Village Coffee Roasters car show were all  1970 280 SL:
Beige with burgundy leather (chipped paint over wheel wells/owner not too friendly (sigh))
Gold with caramel leather- beautiful restoration, purchased restored/VERY friendly owner/great guy
Silver with red leather (didn't get a chance to meet owner)
I saw a silver very rare *right hand drive* 280 SL close by my house last year and tried to follow it home, but didn't want to scare the owner LOL!
I'd love to see that one again.

Ann

'70 Euro 280 SL silver
'06 BMW Z4 Montego Blue
'98 Jeep Gr.Cherokee (125K mi.)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: graphic66 on August 08, 2007, 07:17:46
Last night driving to dinner I spotted a black 230SL parked in front of a shop. I pulled right in and started oogling and the shop owner came out and said I was looking at the only car not for sale. The strange part is it is the same body color as mine 040 black, it seems to be a very rare color. It is also the same model year, except later, as it has the flasher switch on the dash not under the dash. I noticed right away the front of the hood didn't line up and sure enough the shop had done a body resto about 5 years ago. I noticed it didn't have the little bumps on the front fenders where it meets the headlight chrome. I inquired if they had repaired the spot and the shop owner said they used all new MB body panels and the notches weren't there. I let him know this is a sure way of telling if these cars had been repaired. I gave him my card to give to the owner, maybe he/she is on this site. Or I could get another sicko fanatic for our group. It is still strange to see my cars almost exact match one town away, what odds. They had a perfect 51 Lincoln convertable, a fully restored, to the tune of $21,000, 1951 Crosley station wagon, what a nice little car, and due to a divorce it has an $8000.00 asking price, if anyone is interested I can get the owners info. I will drive my 230SL over later next week to show off, my poor old original paint, Peacock abused almost perfect running version.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mherman2 on August 14, 2007, 01:22:08
I see one every other day here in San Diego, all over the place. My neighbor has a 250SL I have a 68 280 SL.

1968 White 280 SL Euro #000857

1967 Shelby GT500
1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible
1967 Shelby GT500E Supersnake Convertible (915hp)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on August 14, 2007, 14:09:55
quote:
Originally posted by mherman2

I see one every other day here in San Diego, all over the place.
If you get a chance, hand them one of our cards!
http://www.sl113.org/membership/carcards.asp

Rodd
Powell, Ohio, USA
1966 230SL, Euro, Auto, Leather, both  tops
1994 E420
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on August 16, 2007, 21:09:20
Finally... I was starting to feel deprived. Took a little spin this morning and passed "Pagoda Sam" in his little red 280SL near Alta Sierra. He gets a point too -- as he proudly waved back.



James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: George Des on August 22, 2007, 17:59:22
Yesterday (Tuesday)about 1000 or so on the Capitol Beltway in Maryland going North to I 270 was passed by a Green 1966 230SL Automatic with Virgina plates "66 SL"

George Des
1967 230SL Euro 5 Speed ZF White (DB050) w/ Blue Tex
2001 S430 White Silver
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hill on August 24, 2007, 13:30:17
Today 8th + G street (courthouse) in Sacramento. Talking to the boss look out the window and see a bright red Pagoda cruising down the street. Heart starts palpatating then I realize that my bright red one does not have the roof on. :D

Happy Benzing
Darryl, Hill
350 SL4.5 #60
1967 250sl "California"
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: duboy on August 24, 2007, 17:30:26
i know there are definitly a few here in atlanta, GA, but i've only seen two in my 8 years of living here. both driving with me on 85S

- 1968 280SL -- 1998 SVT Contour -- 1989 M3 -- 1978 Austin Mini -
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on August 27, 2007, 07:34:58
Hey Ya'll

Sunday afternoon I drove into Dunwoody to give a unicycling demonstration at the Markus Center Jewish Festival. After I dropped off my van load of equipment at the gate, I went to park at the nearby junior college parking lot. On the way to the shuttle bus I spotted this white 70 280sl. I didn't have time to look too close, but it had red Tex interior and a new top.

The afternoon events at the festival were rained out, but my friends and I got to put on a small show in the corner of the gym.


(http://www.sl113.org/forums/uploaded/al_lieffring/200782791450_foundslfront.jpg)
(http://www.sl113.org/forums/uploaded/al_lieffring/200782791611_found70sl.jpg)

Al Lieffring
66 230Sl
Jones'n for a new gas tank
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: enochbell on August 27, 2007, 09:11:55
Al,

I live right across the river from where you were cycling.  The car looks like mine but for the year. And no one in there right mind was driving in those thunderstorms yesterday!  Ever cycle on Columns Drive?

Best,
g

'64 230sl, fully sorted out...ooops, spoke too soon
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on August 27, 2007, 10:24:36
quote:
Originally posted by enochbell

Al,

I live right across the river from where you were cycling.  The car looks like mine but for the year. And no one in there right mind was driving in those thunderstorms yesterday!  Ever cycle on Columns Drive?

Best,
g

'64 230sl, fully sorted out...ooops, spoke too soon



I live about 15 miles south of Athens in Oconee county, so when I am in Atlanta I am either on the I-285 loop, or I'm lost.

Al Lieffring
66 230Sl
Jones'n for a new gas tank
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on September 10, 2007, 13:01:12
Hi Guys,

He Who Must Be Obeyed spotted a red 280SL (black softtop, Bundt wheels) as he came off the motorway at Stans, Switzerland, this afternoon.  On the shores of Lake Viervaldstaett on a lovely sunny day, this car was sporting a rally start circle on the door.  Who could it be??

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
Think of your Pagoda as a woman with a past...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on September 10, 2007, 14:39:37
Yesterday (Sunday), a little after 3pm. my wife and I were traveling up to Warm Springs, VA from the Homestead in our 1954 M.G. TF.  A dark brown SL was heading in the opposite direction, top down.  I waved, he didn't - but then how would he know that a Pagoda owner was at the helm of that 50+ year old M.G.?

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on October 11, 2007, 07:37:44
Last night I drove into Athens, saw a 70 or 71 grey white 280sl with red leather, top down, heading towards downtown on Prince Avenue.

I was going to honk and flash the lights, but I realized that I was driving my wifes 02 Beetle, My SL was hopelessly blocked in the garage when it was time for me to drive into town so I took Schatzi instead.

Al Lieffring
66 230Sl
New blue top just arrived
new gas tank on order
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on October 14, 2007, 12:23:27
I was driving towards Cromwell Road, Kensington yesterday [ Sat 13 ] & saw a silver Pagoda parked up, with a similar number plate to mine FYY .... !

Are you here ?  (' :) ')

 I would have stopped to put a card on the windscreen but unfortunately I was traveling down a one way road.

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on October 14, 2007, 13:28:18
I saw several today, a gold one with black hard top with a lady driver and a personal plate, a navy one with the top down ( paulr I think I recognised the number plate ) and a silver one also with black hard top ( reg TH. 2..F )
There are loads around in London at the moment. There is the Frieze art fair on so all the trendies are out and the weather is nice too.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dseretakis on October 14, 2007, 18:05:15
Saw a silver one yesterday in DC and a baby blue one today in Maryland.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on October 15, 2007, 09:39:40
Nick, I was around this weekend at Frieze. Was it you in the white one then?

paulr
lovely 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on October 15, 2007, 10:59:53
I hope all you Londoners are handing out the Pagoda Group Cards !(' ;) ')
kemal
280 SL Manual 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jpsenft on October 17, 2007, 15:26:42
Passed a red 280SL on Maryland Route 32 eastbound heading towards Ft. Meade about 10AM 17 October

1965 230SL
Silver Spring, Maryland
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: gilles82 on October 17, 2007, 16:37:03
This summer I saw 6 Pagodas in a week In Forte dei Marmi (Tuscany, Italy): 2 from Germany on vacation and 4 used as daily car during the holidays.

I saw also these Mb during the arrive in Viareggio of the Nuvolari race:

300 SLS [:0]
www.mercedes300sls-porter.de/index.htm
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/81/497303103.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/75/857604350.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/94/169879256.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/96/528818456.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/99/572659582.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/0/252080000.jpg)

300 SL Roadster
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/10/200021460.jpg)

190 Sl
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/5/797342910.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/6/482242112.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/9/643904230.jpg)

Pagoda
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/1/502790367.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/17/219202720.jpg)
(http://im0.freeforumzone.it/up/13/19/578148018.jpg)

www.stellecadenti.com
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on October 18, 2007, 02:19:44

Dear Gilles82,
Thank you for sharing.
Karl would have been proud!

Kemal (' :) ')
280 SL Manual 69



Quote
Originally posted by gilles82

This summer I saw 6 Pagodas in a week In Forte dei Marmi (Tuscany, Italy): 2 from Germany on vacation and 4 used as daily car during the holidays.

I saw also these Mb during the arrive in Viareggio of the Nuvolari race:
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on October 29, 2007, 11:43:54
Actually I was the one that was spotted yesterday.

As I was walking to my car after Sunday School, I was talking with a Marine and his wife, who are stationed at the Navy Supply Corps School here in Athens (GA). They asked about my car, what model it was? how long have I had it? how does it run?..... She told me that her father in California had a car just like mine but it was the 70 model.
They said that they would love to have one too, but the Marine Corps doesn't pay that kind of salary.

Al Lieffring
66 230Sl
a-cheesin with a new 85 l. tank
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on November 02, 2007, 09:51:55
Hi All,
I saw a white LHD 280 SL with blue interior, just off the kings road in London this morning, the front number plate could do with some work !
I placed the Pagoda card to the windscreen, between the wiper blades . (' ;) ')

Are you here already ?

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: pfraud on November 02, 2007, 12:08:11
My wife has seen one, sandy beige in Castelldefels near Barcelona, Spain, on wednesday morning.
 Kemal, what is the Pagoda card?
Thks
Pascal

230 SL-White-1965
280 CE 1972
CLK 230 Kompressor 1998

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on November 02, 2007, 12:35:39
Hi Pascal
The pagoda card[ http://www.sl113.org/membership/carcards.asp ] is a great idea to inform other Pagoda enthusiasts of this invaluable site  !

I keep some in our cars. Incase I see a pagoda while riding my bike,I also keep a few in my wallet, as it came in handy this morning while riding my bike. (' :) ')

If they tend to be driving their pagoda, I have been known to go after them like a crazed stalker  ! (' ;) ')

Print them off & Pass them on ! (' :D ')

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69

quote:
Originally posted by pfraud
 Kemal, what is the Pagoda card?
Thks
Pascal

230 SL-White-1965
280 CE 1972
CLK 230 Kompressor 1998



Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dseretakis on November 03, 2007, 18:40:33
My 280SL might be one of those you are talking about.  I'm not reluctant to take it out; it is reluctant to be taken out.  It has been about a year and a half that I can't get the thing to run.  Before that, it was my daily commuter.  Whoops, I just realized that I replied to a 4 year old post.  Oh well.
Dimitri

quote:
Originally posted by LFrank

There are five in my neighborhood in Wash., DC, but their owners seem to be reluctant to show these beauties off -- but I took mine to work today! Nevertheless, a pretty rare sight. (Mine, actually, is the first one I ever saw; I bought it a year-and-a-half ago from an estate sale behind my late grandfather's house). And yes, trips to L.A. (2x year) amaze: I usually see three or four, all seemingly pristine; In the hills between San Diego and LA (State Route 79; Aguanga), I pulled my cheesy rental car off into a storm of gravel upon spying a gorgeous 280 sl by an historic chapel. The owner popped out, I told him of our shared interest, but have yet to see any posts from him on my favorite site(s)...California vanity plate "bon bon", where are you?

LFrank
Washington DC
65 230 sl
DB334/Hellblau

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on November 04, 2007, 11:22:09
I saw a black with black hardtop parked up just off ledbury road w11 this afternoon. Nice.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on November 04, 2007, 11:46:53
Did it have a for sale sign on it ?
I knew of one around that area that needed a lot of work doing to it, and it was up for sale a while ago ! [ Black body & red interior ]
She belonged to a hairdresser.

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69

quote:
Originally posted by nick350

I saw a black with black hardtop parked up just off ledbury road w11 this afternoon. Nice.

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Naj on November 04, 2007, 15:56:21
One lone Pagoda and so many spectators:

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They came to see:

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naj

68 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: graphic66 on November 04, 2007, 16:08:16
Great little vid from my vintage, had to buy my own though.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PecJh0_mCNg
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on November 05, 2007, 03:07:03
a different car I think. This one was male.

quote:
Originally posted by kemal shah

Did it have a for sale sign on it ?
I knew of one around that area that needed a lot of work doing to it, and it was up for sale a while ago ! [ Black body & red interior ]
She belonged to a hairdresser.

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69

quote:
Originally posted by nick350

I saw a black with black hardtop parked up just off ledbury road w11 this afternoon. Nice.



Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on November 05, 2007, 03:16:21
He is a he , a male hairdresser !

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69

Quote
Originally posted by nick350

a different car I think. This one was male.

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on November 05, 2007, 11:48:52
NDD 250F Spotted in my neck of the woods of east London at dusk this evening. Ivory/white body, black top. I assume a 250 as it was a bit gloomy

Anyone we know?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on November 12, 2007, 10:29:03
This morning in Athens, (Georgia) I was told by my doctor to look for "a little car just like yours", on Milledge road next to the bypass exit.

I found it, it had a For Sale sign in the window, It looked like a 68 euro model 280sl 050 white with a 903 light blue hard top, and blue tex interior with a kinderseat.



Al Lieffring
66 230Sl
a-cheesin with a new 85 l. tank
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on November 12, 2007, 11:48:14
Tosh, whereabouts in east London are you? Anywhere near Clerkenwell?

paulr
lovely 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on November 13, 2007, 01:53:07
I'm in Wapping - as a glance at the Frappr site (on the homepage) would tell you ;)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on November 14, 2007, 13:10:40
Spotted today - an ivory/blue soft top..... Kew Green at lunchtime, Sloane Avenue at about 2.30

Anyone?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: blue230sl on November 14, 2007, 18:59:58
there is a 250sl, vanilla white with a light tan hardtop and bamboo interior, that's been at my mechanic for months. when i asked about it thinking it might be on the market since he's also a dealer, he said it was there for repairs that had been finished weeks ago! he just hasn't found time to deliver back to the owner...i get antsy when he has to keep mine overnight...

john
64 230sl
89 190e 2.6
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hwsteeves on November 15, 2007, 16:05:22
too funy,
just joined the forum. just bought a 70' 280SL in Navy here in sydney Australia.
next day driving through town at an intersection fell in behind a navy 230Sl
what are the odds?

Howard
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on November 16, 2007, 16:07:15
quote:
Originally posted by hwsteeves

too funy,
just joined the forum. just bought a 70' 280SL in Navy here in sydney Australia.
next day driving through town at an intersection fell in behind a navy 230Sl
what are the odds?

Howard


was it this one?
http://index.php?topic=6803

Bob Smith (Brisbane,Australia)
RHD,1967 early 250 SL, auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on November 18, 2007, 20:43:31
Today I saw a topless white 113 in Athens GA. I tried to catch up with it but a red light intefered.

There is a Maroon 230SL and a White with Grey top 250 SL for sale in town

Daryl
'64 230 SL Buckeye Benz Scarlet interior and Grey top Serial # 508
'77 280SE
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on November 19, 2007, 12:10:07
I saw four SL's (pagodas) all silver on Saturday in and around Chelsea and all with hardtops on.
Must put mine on soon. I think autumn is suddenly over.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on December 07, 2007, 06:37:44
I saw a navy with cream interior this morning in Mortlake / London.
I followed the driver in hot pursuit on handing him The Pagoda SL Group card !(' :D ')
 [ On my bike ]

Hopefully he will come aboard !(' ;) ')

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: benzportland on December 07, 2007, 20:47:28
I live in the Portland Oregon area and have not seen one in at least 5 years!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on December 09, 2007, 10:31:12
Bottle green F reg 250 Auto in Marylebone High St this afternoon, in the wet. Soft top up, black leather interior
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on December 10, 2007, 14:41:58
"was chased this morning in Mortlake by madman on a bike waving his arms about"........I wonder if someone's having that conversation right now. HA HA. Well done Kemal, did you catch him?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on December 10, 2007, 15:09:18
Hi Nick,
Yes I did & passed him a card (' :) '), however they never seam to show up on here!!!
I must have passed on around 6/7 cards over the year, by hand or windscreen! (' :twisted: ')

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69

quote:
Originally posted by nick350

"was chased this morning in Mortlake by madman on a bike waving his arms about"........I wonder if someone's having that conversation right now. HA HA. Well done Kemal, did you catch him?

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: sjiatrou on December 15, 2007, 16:08:02
Late '64 230 sl, beige with brown softtop and hub caps, vertical spare and a flattop horn ring.  It was parked in the Seaside Highlands, Seaside CA.  I knocked on several doors and couldn't find the owner. It's only a block from my house so hopefully I'll find the owner someday and we can swap stories.

Steve

Steve
Seaside, CA
1964 230sl roadster
White (050)/Black (116)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bsimaz on December 18, 2007, 16:07:49
Not sure if this thread is the one I'm looking for but...

Last night I was watching the original (1971) Columbo movies.  In "Lady in Waiting" at the beginning of the movie Leslie Neilson pulls up to a house (front gate acually) with a white 113 with hard top.  Only time throughout the movie it shows up.  Had to stay up 'til 12:30 am just to be sure.



Bill Simaz
'66 230sl
Back on the Road
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on January 11, 2008, 09:58:28
Driving through Wimbledon [ London ] this morning, I saw a Cream Pagoda parked up by the green. I assume she belonged to a lady as I saw a pair of ladies gloves & a hair clip on the side.
Yes, I stopped to take a look & dropped a leaving card!  [ Pagoda Group of course! ] (' ;) ')

ARE YOU HERE (' :?: ')

Kemal
280 SL Manual 69


Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: psmith on January 11, 2008, 13:20:12
On my lunch hour on Tuesday I drove from San Jose to Cupertino to pick up a BBB that I bought through Craig's List.  On the way back (in the rain) I spotted a white pagoda with a blue hardtop.  Got close enough to see that it wasn't James, but forgot to check which model it was.  Lost him as he exited from Hwy 280 to Hwy 880/17.  Is that anyone here?

I also saw a tan 280 with a brown hardtop parked outside our office in San Jose about a month ago.

Pete S.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Klaus on January 12, 2008, 19:33:11
Just spotted a Pagoda, looks like a 230 SL 040 white with natural or cognac interior, while sitting in my armchair. New York Times Magazine, Sunday, January 13, 2008, page 26-27.
For you fellow Noo Yawkers, Richard, Doug etc.

Klaus
1969 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 280SL71 on January 13, 2008, 05:09:32
Klaus:

Saw the NY Times photo yesterday. Klaus, You decribed the car but did't mention the pretty lady sitting on the trunk lid. Maybe you didn't notice her?

For the rest of us, the Times story is about a singer who has released several CD's but never quite made it to stardom. The hope is that her current CD will be the break through release.

I must admit, when I first turned the page, the first thing I noticed was the car...eventually my eyes did wander a bit to admire the lass atop the car.  Then, as some of you might have done, I asked myself if I would lend my car for a shoot if they were going to perch someone on the trunk and throw musical instruments on the front seat...maybe not?

Richard M, NYC
P.S. The "stripes" on the car body are shadows of the print from the next page showing through the scanner.

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Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: glennard on January 13, 2008, 08:40:34
Southern New York???  Palm trees ???
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on January 14, 2008, 13:36:51
This morning at about 11:00am I was driving down near Lake Oconee on my way to a grandfather clock service call. As I was driving toward the Harbor Club guard shack, ahead of me was a grey-whith with a tan soft top 70ish 280sl. I was driving my HHR delivery van so there was no point in trying to flag him down.

I have been basing my model year estimates of these "spotted" sl's by having yellow turn signals that they are 70 or 71 models, but I hsve since learned that the all red lenses are out of production (execpt for repros) and that this is no longer a valid way to determine the model year.

Al Lieffring
66 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on January 15, 2008, 16:34:39
Actually there might have been some discreet owner input into where and how she was sitting.  Notice that such weight as she might have is strategically concentrated on the steel body panel between the aluminum softtop lid and aluminum trunk lid.  Have you ever seen the softtop compartment lid of a Pagoda pressed into service as a Parade vehicle?  It often has a pair of dimples in it where some homecoming queen was allowed to sit!

- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 114015 on January 16, 2008, 16:22:59
Sorry Klaus,

Do not want to annoy you here... Perhaps you just accidently said it is 040 but 040 = black. This car is 050 white or perhaps 717 (quality of pic is not good enough to distinguish this clearly). Most likely 050 or a modern replacement thereof.

 I apologize for my smartass behavior ... :(

Achim
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on February 01, 2008, 21:05:19
Going to lunch today in Downtown Athens GA, a white 113 with a Blue soft top passed me. I did not see the rear so no clue which model

Daryl
'64 230 SL Buckeye Benz Scarlet interior and Grey top Serial # 508
'77 280SE
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: waqas on February 01, 2008, 23:13:41
Meant to post this earlier, but some weeks back I saw one at a body shop completely down to metal being prepped for paint. This shop is located at the corner of North Lamar and St. Johns Ave- very close to the MB dealership, which is why I was in the area. Are you here?

Need to remember to carry some of those 113 group cards with me...

Waqas in Austin, Texas
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on February 02, 2008, 11:22:54
I saw 2 today (' :D '), one this afternoon in Barnes SW13, cream with a beige soft top,we drove past each other.
Another in Dover St `W1, [ Silver,[ REG;YOT ] with a Classic Chrome sticker on the rear window! ] Parked up along the road, I stopped to put a Pagoda card on the windshield.

'' Are either of you here ? ''

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on February 17, 2008, 13:43:22
a white 250 with navy softtop and yellow rear number plate parked beside me yesterday in Putney Hill. It was interesting as it had no softtop box inside and a odd rear seating arrangement going on. I can't remember now if it was a LHD Euro car. Anyway, always nice to see another. It was a great top off weekend this weekend.

paulr
lovely 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on February 18, 2008, 22:19:25
Just spent the long weekend in Santa Barbara (eyes naturally peeled for Pagodas...) The only two I saw were in a showroom. One, a dark grey 280SL that appeared to be almost concours (85K!), and the other a dark brown in very good but not A+ condition (no price listed). I hoped to spot Rod H. or Bo out and about but only saw a silver Gullwing -- and about 5 107s...

James
63 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on February 28, 2008, 11:54:41
Two days ago while driving by I spotted a Pagoda in a garage in San Jose, Costa Rica...Anyone here?

Dick M
1970 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on February 28, 2008, 14:28:25
I saw a dark silver 280  with hardtop on saturday near Selfridges, driven by an middle aged lady. I don't think she is a member. Nice car. F reg.

paulr
lovely 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on March 06, 2008, 14:17:17
My wife saw a dark blue Pagoda driving through Burlington gdns in London W1, on wednesday 5th.

And then again she saw a cream 280SL pagoda parked outside the Olympic Studio's in Barnes SW13, today.

Both in very good condition!(' :) ')

Well trained, my wife.(' ;) ')  [ unfortunately she had no cards to pass on ]

Kemal
280SL
manual LHD 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on March 06, 2008, 14:59:46
that was me ( the dark blue one ). I was working in Saville Row.

quote:
Originally posted by kemal shah

My wife saw a dark blue Pagoda driving through Burlington gdns in London W1, on wednesday 5th.

And then again she saw a cream 280SL pagoda parked outside the Olympic Studio's in Barnes SW13, today.

Both in very good condition!(' :) ')

Well trained, my wife.(' ;) ')  [ unfortunately she had no cards to pass on ]

Kemal
280SL
manual LHD 69



paulr
lovely 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on March 06, 2008, 16:55:55
Quote
Originally posted by paulr

that was me ( the dark blue one ). I was working in Saville Row.

Hi Paulr

I did ask my wife whether she saw a dog, she said it all happened rather quick.(' ;) ')

Is this the fist time that one of 'US' [ Pagoda group ] has actually admitted being spotted (' :?: ')

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD 69


Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on March 07, 2008, 01:10:49
Molly ( the dog ) was at home. We are off to France now and will give the new axle a full road test. A bientot.

paulr
lovely 1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tobacco on March 12, 2008, 18:10:40

The March 2008 J. Crew clothing catalogue is set at a Richard Neutra house in Palm Springs, where it features a W 113 on Page 5, repeating the photo on their website:

http://www.jcrew.com/home.jhtml?srcCode=GGLB00077&noPopUp=true

The car itself looks like a deep-green 280 SL with 230 SL hubcaps.



Bill Greffin
Chicago
#22375
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nick350 on March 26, 2008, 12:03:45
Given that someone must live next door to a car shop selling Pagodas, why aren't they constantly posting?

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on March 28, 2008, 16:05:39
This morning I was chatting with a customer while we were waiting to hear the 1/4 hour chimes play on his Grandfather's clock. I mentioned that many years ago my father and I had a Mercedes garage, he replied "Oh realy, I have a 68 280SL" because that shop was in Missouri I said, "Show Me". Sure enough out in his garage he had a white Euro model 280SL with black soft top and blue Tex interior.

(For any one unfamiliar with the mid-western United States, Missouri is the "Show Me State")


Al Lieffring
66 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on March 29, 2008, 11:02:05
last night, there were three of us in Clerkenwell road. A bus pulled in to reveal a silver with hardtop and personal plate in front of me then another silver one happened behind me. We were in convoy for about half a mile. How mad is that? These are not the other two that I know live in Clerkenwell nor were they the other very good silver one that often drives through, That is one of those pert ones that sits upright and looks very clean and delicate.

I bet I don't see any of them on drive it day 20th April.

I know they're not Tosh, or Nick or Kemal. Naj is one of them you?
Are any of you silver drivers here?

paulr
1970 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on March 29, 2008, 12:07:29
Mine's blue, and I had lunch today with Naj so... unlikely

There's a silver one that I see pretty much whenever I am Harley St way... and another lives, on the street, in W8 (palace gdns terrace). Could have been one of them.

mmm, drive it day! Hadn't thought of that. Better get the car out!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on April 08, 2008, 19:45:52
Tonight on Main Street in my rural western Massachusetts town (pop 5,300) a green (I believe; it was almost dusk) pagoda with hard top attached. I honked and waved by reflex...then realized I was in my Chrysler 300.

Kevin Caputo
Hampden, MA
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on April 09, 2008, 13:25:37
Hi Guys,

Another TWO Pagoda day!!  Last year we saw 2 in 10 minutes in Carmel, CA.  Today two went over the bridge onto Lido Key, Sarasota, as we sat by the turquoise water in the sun.  One was white, one was cream with black top.  We couldn't see the model numbers--too far to spot.

Trice
1968 280SL US, signal red/bl leather, auto, kinder seat
Sarasota FL; Alsace France; Switzerland
Think of your Pagoda as a woman with a past...stable now including a 92 911 Carrera 2 Tiptronic
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tobacco on April 15, 2008, 14:05:54

Sunday, April 13, noonish on a crisp and cool Chicago midday:  Ivory 250 SL w/hardtop, very nice condition, Illinois passenger plate 'FEL', pulled in front of me southbound on inner Lake Shore Drive near Superior Street alongside Lake Michigan, turned west up through the canyons of Ontario Street, next south on Columbus Drive over the beautiful Chicago River, and finally a right turn into the dim tunnel of westbound Lower Wacker Drive (lights turned on).  Could well have been Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn.



Bill Greffin
Chicago
#22375
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on April 30, 2008, 06:50:46
This morning about 11.15, Upper Thames Street, London

Silver grey 280 with black hadtop. Personal plate.

I tried to hand a card over but the fella driving was none too keen on opening his window to a gesticulating Vespa rider.

Hope he finds us anyway...

James Lester
RHD 280 in DB906 with cognac leather
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulfi on May 05, 2008, 07:36:23
I saw a red 280 last Friday and a white 230 yesterday in Copenhagen - a sad reminder that my own 230 has been with my mechanic for 2 months...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Naj on May 05, 2008, 09:09:52
A Swiss Pagoda in a Dutch organised rally spotted in Belgium:

(http://www.sl113.org/forums/uploaded/naj/20085511734_Rdsm08%200201.jpg)

3 MB UK Club Pagodas touring on the Rhine in Germany last week:

(http://www.sl113.org/forums/uploaded/naj/20085511911_Rdsm08%200791.jpg)

naj

68 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: tesandori on May 05, 2008, 13:18:06
Well during my short trip to Beirut over the weekend, I saw thre Pagodas:  One was mine ;)  One was on sale in a dealer location and the third was an immaculate red one owned by someone who owns two of those babies....  Well they are forty some years old babies, but still babies.  :))))

Oh I saw one in dubai...  It's like seeing a ghost in the city that has the latest in car models everywhere...  EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

sarino // silver 1967 230SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on May 05, 2008, 17:46:14
Five in one shot at the Washington D.C. area Deutsche Marque Concours over the weekend.  One was mine.

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- Mike Hughes  -ô¿ô-
  1966 230SL Auto P/S
  Havanna Brown (408)
  Light Beige (181)
  Cream M-B Tex (121)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on May 06, 2008, 14:39:20
Riding my bike through marble Arch [ London ] this evening I drove behind a blue 280 [ reg;Mel ] .
I managed to ride up to his side and asked whether he was aware of W113 Group on the net? he said no(' :o '), I told him to google it, he said thanks and we drove off in our different directions!
I didn't have enough time to pull out a W113 group card.

I hope he looks in !!! [ I bet he doesn't! ]

Kemal
280SL
manual LHD 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kenneth Gear on May 08, 2008, 07:53:03
I saw a bronze 280SL with Tennessee plates pulling into a parking garage in Old Town Alexandria yesterday.  It pulled away before I could walk over to say Hi.

Ken G
1971 280 SL Silver/red


Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on May 08, 2008, 08:55:28
Late afternoon yesterday I saw a white 280sl heading east on U.S.78 near Snellville, GA.
I was heading the opposite direction in traffic, Just got a glimpse and it was gone.

I'm riding 50Km. on my Unicycle 18 May, 2008 in the Tour de Cure.
http://main.diabetes.org/goto/al.lieffring
Please help if you can by sponsoring my ride.
Al Lieffring
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on May 12, 2008, 10:07:59
Not just spotted... it was parked..

Halesworth Golf Club, lunchtime today

Dark Blue/Parchment 230. 1964-ish

I managed to put a club card under the wipers. Welcome, if you show up here!

James Lester
RHD 280 in DB906 with cognac leather
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: elinaresbatres on May 12, 2008, 18:12:43
I'm in Guatemala City, in Central America, so the question is not often. I saw a Burgundy SL about 3 months ago in one of the city's upscale neighborhoods, it didn't have the specific model lettering so I don't know if it was a 230, a 250 or 280.

I'm sure it was a US specs car because of the headlights and the side marker lights. It had the hardtop on, and it looked GORGEOUS.

Then, I THINK I saw a white one, moving on the street and from afar, about five years ago.

And the next one back I remember seeing, was in the late 60s or early 70s  when several of my college pals and I ran out to Guatemala City's main thoroughfare "Avenida La Reforma", not that that matters, to see a parked Pagoda SL. It had to be one of the early 230SLs, and it was guards red, both body and hardtop.

I'm sure I eventually saw one just like it in the movies driven by Sofia Loren in a thriller named? I think that Cary Grant played the good guy in that movie, and, by the way, it's the ONLY movie I've seen in which a Pagoda SL figured prominently. I'll try to Google the film's name as soon as I finish here, but have you seen other Pagoda SLs in the movies?

By the way, it was fun to reminisce and answer the survey, can you hear me (us), Mr. Moderator?

Eduardo.

E Linares-Batres
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: waltklatt on May 14, 2008, 10:36:13
Saw a white 1969 280SL with A/C and 4spd manual in the far eastern part of Massasshusetts near Connecticut, currently undergoing a rust repair job to the front end.  Was up there last weekend with girlfriend and crusing around.
Walter Klatt
1967 220SL-almost fixed.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on May 16, 2008, 07:16:56
crimson red 280 auto with its hardtop on in Steenberg, constantia side of CapeTown at about 1pm today
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on May 17, 2008, 09:45:01
and another today: white with black hardtop. Parked off the road near Noordhoek beach. No card left for this one!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on May 17, 2008, 14:35:29
I saw a navy blue one today as we drove to the hall of mirrors..imagine my surprise when I realised it was us.. we did laugh
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on May 25, 2008, 14:07:36
This mornings Speed TV broadcast of the Monaco GP showed this flash of David Coulthard driving to work in his Pagoda.

(http://www.sl113.org/forums/uploaded/al_lieffring/200852516045_MonacoGP.jpg)

TiVo is great because you can rewind and catch these images, on the other side the race ran long because of the rain and my recording got cut off at 3mins before the finish, At that time Hamilton was still in the lead, but anything could have happened.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on May 27, 2008, 22:37:37
While vacationing in Solano Beach CA I saw a red 113 wih a black hard top on Via De La Valle across from the firgrounds. Ufortunatly I only got a glimps so not sure which model or what condition it was in
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on May 28, 2008, 11:34:16
White 280SL with matching hardtop going west on Leesburg Pike in Tysons Corner around lunchtime today.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bsimaz on May 29, 2008, 08:36:47
Going east on Fulton St. in Grand Rapids.   First one I've seen in the city.  I was in the wrong lane to turn and follow him.  A VERY nice 230sl.   Light brown with a dark brown top.  Not sure why it was up,  it was a nice day.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Eryck on May 29, 2008, 09:54:49
On the roads here in Hong Kong, I see about 2-3 a year.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: GTMSJ on May 29, 2008, 12:54:47
Two in one day!  Yesterday morning (5.28.08) at around 10:00, I saw a wonderful example at what appeared to be a repair shop on Woodside Rd in Redwood City, CA -- hope she isn't too ill!  It was blue with a blue canvas top.  Also, while travelling southbound on Broadway near Main St - again, in Redwood City, a gorgeous white 280 with vanity plates -- one of the best looking 280s I've seen in a while.  I was, unfortunately, in my daily driver and didn't wave at the driver.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on May 29, 2008, 13:12:11
Well lets hope all three of you join us for the Bay Area drive this Sunday! Would love to see some new Pagodas (and you old guys too!)...

(Shameless enough, Pete?)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hill on May 29, 2008, 15:41:15
quote:
Originally posted by J. Huber

Well lets hope all three of you join us for the Bay Area drive this Sunday! Would love to see some new Pagodas (and you old guys too!)...

(Shameless enough, Pete?)



Are you going to blow down I80? What time would you folks be at Watt ave.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on May 29, 2008, 16:59:40
Hey Darryl. Well, in order to keep this thread on task, lets go like this:

You may just spot a white 63 Pagoda at 8 AM at the I-80/Watt area on Sunday... might I see a nice red California Coupe? (respond over in Events if you care to...)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on May 31, 2008, 19:12:43
Friday was my lucky day. Afer seeing two 113s at the Classic Center, I went to San Juan Capistano. While enjoying some Nachos in an outdoor cafe, I saw a Red 113 with a red hard top around 1PM. A few minutes later I saw a white topless 113.
I am back home in GA [Georgia] now
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: peterm on June 02, 2008, 06:58:18
Tobacco brown roof down parked in NYC near Broadway and 65th, needed a good wash though
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 280SL71 on June 02, 2008, 09:00:06
Kind of rare to see a W113 on the streets of Manhattan. (They are here but they seem to be in hiding.)  I have an e-mail list of about 50 Tri-State Pagoda Owners (NY NJ CT) but they seem not to want to tackle NYC traffic even on quiet weekend days.

So my "Pagoda Spotting" is confined to car shows...and yesterday (Sunday) I did see another Pagoda at the annual Westbury Gardens show on Long Island.

A beautiful fire engine red 1969 280 SL in great shape...owner has very little road time in the car and is suffering from Neo-Auto Phobia (fear of going on a long trip with a recently purchased car.)

I told him the cure was to expand his circle little by little...or to bite the bullet and go for a long drive for the "Cold Turkey" cure. He did not seem happy with either suggestion. Unfortunately his comfort circle is only about 10 miles from his garage so he's a bit restricted...in fact he will not be going to the annual gathering at the MB USA headquarters in Montvale NJ since it is beyond his "Line  in the Sand."

I am sending him a copy of this message so he might reconsider the value of the MB Lunch and chance to see maybe a dozen Pagodas at one time.

Richard M, NYC
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on June 04, 2008, 07:55:41
I was working today in Mayfair and for the benefit of you guys in the States, Mayfair and Knightsbridge are the smart and rich areas of central London, home of lovely hotels, stores, restaurants and cars...and these fantastic underground car parks where the Toffs leave their old Rollers and exotics covered up for years....anyway I parked in one of these and what did I find? A white Pagoda. I've not seen this one before, very shiny and well loved and strangely American looking. Red leather with white piping, white band tyres and head rests. I wouldn't normally park beside it, however for the benefit of the photo .......

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Post by: peterm on June 04, 2008, 10:12:09
I was wondering how it was american in character?-  first the steering wheel is on the wrong side and second red and white no blue.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on June 04, 2008, 11:33:55
quote:
Originally posted by paulr

I wouldn't normally park beside it, however for the benefit of the photo .......

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Paul,
Did you drop a card under his wiper blade?
http://www.sl113.org/membership/carcards.asp
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on June 04, 2008, 13:40:48
one hint of summer and London goes mad. This evening I passed a beautiful 71 white with black interior 280. I frantically removed my glove and from the comfort of the wife's Vespa handed him a card. I deserve danger money! God bless the traffic on the Embankment

Same trip out in Mortlake a 68, white with raised black hood. No cards left to hand to her as she went the other way
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: RBurg on June 05, 2008, 12:12:48
White 70-71 280SL with burgundy interior in the Lost King of Scotland movie
with Forest Whital, James McAras & Kenny Washington, year 2006.
Sitting someplace in Africa.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on June 05, 2008, 13:18:14
paulr

Were you in that car park that sits behind the Dorchester at the bottom of Sth Audley St? I think I saw that car in there a couple of years back

If you want "wasted metal" try the car park under Cadogan Square!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on June 05, 2008, 13:40:33
No, I know it though. I was in the one beside the Connaught. I also know Cadogan Square, of course but the very best is the one in Kinnerton Street in Knightsbridge.

quote:
Originally posted by Tosh

paulr

Were you in that car park that sits behind the Dorchester at the bottom of Sth Audley St? I think I saw that car in there a couple of years back

If you want "wasted metal" try the car park under Cadogan Square!

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on June 07, 2008, 06:48:54
In the visitor's parking lot at Merial in Athens GA I saw a blue 230SL it needs some body work
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: glennard on June 07, 2008, 08:55:40
quote:
Originally posted by dwilli3038

In the visitor's parking lot at Merial in Athens GA I saw a blue 230SL it needs some body work



Al's????
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on June 07, 2008, 10:12:23
Talk about small world! Today, in the market parking lot in my little western Massachusetts town, I was approached by an individual who reported that he had a white car like mine! A couple of hours later, after getting together with BOTH cars, AllenRX is a member of our group after owning his 1968 280SL for 31 years!

Welcome Allen!!  8)

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Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on June 07, 2008, 16:08:31
Yes it was Al's I work with his wife I understand from Rose he has bought some metal parts an should be able to start the body work soon. She thinks when mine is done it will encourage Al to do his body work
quote:
Originally posted by glennard

quote:
Originally posted by dwilli3038

In the visitor's parking lot at Merial in Athens GA I saw a blue 230SL it needs some body work



Al's????

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: don p on June 07, 2008, 18:15:44
Kevin, I Live in Stafford Spings on Hampden rd right across the boarder in CT. Would love to see another 113! Have yet to come across another since buying mine a little over a year ago.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on June 08, 2008, 21:09:09
Don,

I am on Stafford Road in Hampden! What color is your car? I might have seen you earlier this year. I know of three others aside from mine. We should get together this weekend if its nice.

Kevin

quote:
Originally posted by don p

Kevin, I Live in Stafford Spings on Hampden rd right across the boarder in CT. Would love to see another 113! Have yet to come across another since buying mine a little over a year ago.

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: MBhundertdreizehn on June 09, 2008, 00:20:16
Here in Germany you can see Pagoda` really just from time to time, but not very often. Of course you can see many of them on the classic meetings and such things.

I hope that I`ll also find something sooner or later that I will be able to promoting PAgodas in our neigbourhod.

Good post really ;)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on June 09, 2008, 05:28:00
quote:
Originally posted by don p

Don Pemberton
1968 250SL
113.043-10-004113
190g Graphite gray Connecticut

Kevin,

Hi.  Apparently Don's car is 190G Graphite Gray.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on June 09, 2008, 20:38:53
Picked up on that after sending.

It's interesting to note that three pagodas reside in Western Massachusetts within less than twelve square miles of each other!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rolf on June 11, 2008, 20:20:45
Saw one, last week in a car restoration shop in Arvada, Co. It was without seats, chrome, lights and dash instruments. Wanted to take a picture when I went back but forgot my camera.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on June 16, 2008, 15:06:12
There I was riding my bike through Kensington [ London ], I came across a silver pagoda [ Reg Muf !] this evening.(' 8) ')
She was driven by a young Lady while on her mobile phone I hasten to add!(' :twisted: ')

I managed to pull over at the lights and took out my wallet & withdrew a W113 card.(' ;) ') I caught up with her in the traffic and passed the card, she smiled, I rode off into the sunset.(' :D ')

No one has ever said on here, O, that was me!! Have they?

Kemal
280Sl
Manual LHD 69

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on June 17, 2008, 13:20:41
yep,

earlier this year. p

quote:
Originally posted by paulr

that was me ( the dark blue one ). I was working in Saville Row.


Hi Paulr

I did ask my wife whether she saw a dog, she said it all happened rather quick.('')

Is this the fist time that one of 'US' [ Pagoda group ] has actually admitted being spotted ('')

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD 69


quote:
Originally posted by kemal shah

There I was riding my bike through Kensington [ London ], I came across a silver pagoda [ Reg Muf !] this evening.(' 8) ')
She was driven by a young Lady while on her mobile phone I hasten to add!(' :twisted: ')

I managed to pull over at the lights and took out my wallet & withdrew a W113 card.(' ;) ') I caught up with her in the traffic and passed the card, she smiled, I rode off into the sunset.(' :D ')

No one has ever said on here, O, that was me!! Have they?

Kemal
280Sl
Manual LHD 69



Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jsaylor on June 17, 2008, 22:02:34
Visiting San Diego this past weekend.  Saw a white 280SL valet parked at a hotel near fashion Valley.  Didn't have time to stop.  Looked pretty clean with its hard top on.

Anyone here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on June 18, 2008, 06:02:28
quote:
Originally posted by paulr

yep,


Ok, & the rest!! ;)

I will keep spreading the word..nevertheless.

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rwmastel on June 18, 2008, 07:48:07
Everyone!  Please review the posts that you make to ensure that your quote brackets are working.  Poor syntax will make moving posts to the new site difficult, we may loose data!!!!!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on June 18, 2008, 07:49:53
quote:
Originally posted by rwmastel

Everyone!  Please review the posts that you make to ensure that your quote brackets are working.  Poor syntax will make moving posts to the new site difficult, we may loose data!!!!!



I just fixed them...

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: forrestjordan on June 18, 2008, 18:34:27
Saw a very sharp white with black top, 113sl  on top of a car carrier, on State Road 50 crossing the State of Florida about a month ago.  Not sure just which year it was though.  It was the best looking car of all of them on the truck!  Probably on it's way to the port for a trip back to Europe.  Also saw a brown 280 parked on Newbury St. in Boston last Fall.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on June 20, 2008, 14:18:24
On the 17th going into Tahoe City a very nice white Pagoda was headed out toward Truckee and on the 19th as we headed out of Tahoe City the same white pagoda passed us going down Hyw 89 south...??
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on June 21, 2008, 09:21:26
Today, 21st june 2008, on N201 driving from Hilversum to Vinkeveen, out to take some photographs for "the Book", saw a beige / papyrus white Pagoda driving the other way, across the Amsterdam-Rijn canal. Honked and waved.

Then, about 90 minutes later after taking some pictures and having a nice ride, driving back across the same bridge, AT EXACTLY the same spot saw him again, but he was again driving the other way. We both honked and waved again... how is that for coincidence?

Regrettably neither of the times did the traffic allow us to stop and exchange notes or this site. If it was you, you'll know it, so speak up!

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 69280sl on June 21, 2008, 21:05:41
Did a car show today in a suburb of Chicago. There was another Pagoda being shown, a 1970 Euro 280sl. The owner told me he bought it in Paris 20 years ago.
In addition, someone showing a 1947 MG TC, told me he had a 280sl at home.
Neither of these gentlemen knew of our group. I didn't have any club cards with me, but I told them they would find www.sl113.org interesting and beneficial.

Gus
1968 280sl signal red/beige
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on June 22, 2008, 13:36:52
Hey ya'll

I an here in my hotel room at CDG in Paris, flying home in the morning.

Spotted 3 pagodas here in Europe during my travels, A white 230sl was in the car park of our Hotel in Triberg, Schwartzwald, at the Classic Center in Fellbach there was a Tunis Beige 70ish 280sl parked behind the work shop, and inside the Mercedes Museium there was a metalic beige 65ish 230sl with middle blue metalic hardtop. In the safety by design display.

edit: the Pagoda that I saw in the Museum is also the car featured on p. 16 of the book "Faszination SL", sold in the gift shop.

Al
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: peterm on June 22, 2008, 19:00:22
Wow - saw four today- of course it was at our local mb event.  The condition of the cars is getting intimidating-  old beige was there and looked pretty spiffy- Richard Madison has upped the anty and has a beautiful car with a very classy color, there was a perfect white  early 230 and I mean perfect- (except for the minutia Richard and I were able to find), a fourth car in the concours event a beige 280 I believe left in a huff and there was a popular show entry 250 in a light cranberry red.  I think there may have been 15 or 20 other MB's but who looks at anything but pagodas
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on July 03, 2008, 00:35:57
1967 red with tan soft top/interior in Dulwich Village yesterday afternoon

Like an idiot I forgot to look at the badge but it was a "E" reg which is '67

I left a calling card under the windscreen
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kenneth Gear on July 06, 2008, 08:33:06
I saw a nice  230sl in my neighborhood in Northern VA yesterday.  It actually turned into the subdivision next to mine.

So to the owner in Crosspointe, FFX Station... nice car!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: benzportland on July 14, 2008, 20:42:40
Finally as of today!  First time in I don't know how long.  Near my home in Portland metro area, dark green, US spec, but could not tell much more.  Spotted at about 5:00 p.m. on Stafford Road.  Of course wondering if this person is a member?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rolf on July 14, 2008, 21:01:56
I saw a brown late 280SL in the service dept of my local Mercedes dealership. I was bringing in my newly acquired 2006 E350 for service.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on July 15, 2008, 07:04:26
Saw around 5 beauties being beautifully restored at ROGER EDWARDS garage in wembley [ London ].
Took me a couple of hours to find the garage as I have never been there before.

Mine going in for MOT & SERVICE sooooooon.

Kemal
280SL
LHD Manual 69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rob walker on July 15, 2008, 07:29:33
Kemal, see my other thread on Roger Edwards posted today you will find them excellent.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on July 17, 2008, 07:29:55

Dear Rob,
Thank you,
Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD 69


quote:
Originally posted by rob walker

Kemal, see my other thread on Roger Edwards posted today you will find them excellent.

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on July 18, 2008, 17:16:09
Hey Guys...

can we stop spotting Pagoda's at a Pagoda workshop in here.... that's not really a worthwhile mention. Everyone expects to spot Pagoda's there. Only list Pagoda's spotted "in the wild", as it were!

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: benzportland on July 18, 2008, 23:14:12
quote:
Originally posted by vanesp

Hey Guys...

can we stop spotting Pagoda's at a Pagoda workshop in here.... that's not really a worthwhile mention. Everyone expects to spot Pagoda's there. Only list Pagoda's spotted "in the wild", as it were!

Peter



You mean like this?

Today, 21st june 2008, on N201 driving from Hilversum to Vinkeveen, out to take some photographs for "the Book", saw a beige / papyrus white Pagoda driving the other way, across the Amsterdam-Rijn canal. Honked and waved.

Then, about 90 minutes later after taking some pictures and having a nice ride, driving back across the same bridge, AT EXACTLY the same spot saw him again, but he was again driving the other way. We both honked and waved again... how is that for coincidence?

Regrettably neither of the times did the traffic allow us to stop and exchange notes or this site. If it was you, you'll know it, so speak up!

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on July 19, 2008, 01:51:45
there is another one in my area now. a Silver 280sl lhd  FYJ .... ,that makes 5 in daily use within a mile radius of my house, including mine ! Navy blue ( me ) , 1 white, and 3 silver. It's like living in the 60's....or 80's.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on July 19, 2008, 06:39:07
If you saw Roger's Garage, you would think you were in the wild!
 :D
Kemal
280SL
LHD MANUAL 69


quote:
Originally posted by vanesp

Hey Guys...

can we stop spotting Pagoda's at a Pagoda workshop in here.... . Only list Pagoda's spotted "in the wild", as it were!

Peter

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jsaylor on July 22, 2008, 06:58:04
Just yesterday in Salt Lake City.  Parked w/ top down @ Fashion Place Mall.  280SL Silver Grey Metalic W/ black interior.  Anyone here?

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on July 23, 2008, 20:47:33
After 20 days traveling around Prauge, Nuremberg,
Vienna and Budapest searching for Pagodas, it wasn't until changing planes in Frankfort airport that I spotted a Pagoda.... a Mechatronik 280SL on display inside the terminal..near a gift shop.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on July 24, 2008, 09:08:14
I am currently travelling in Hong Kong, on the way to China. I met up with member Eryck and his friend and fellow enthusiast Alex... the resulting picture is pretty special: two white Pagoda 230SL's on a road near the Peak overlooking Hong Kong.

(http://www.sl113.org/forums/uploaded/vanesp/200872411641_IMG_1144.jpg)

And it again shows what a great group this is, making friends all over the world!

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on July 24, 2008, 11:01:54
Peter (and Eryck & Alex), that is an awesome shot! It really is amazing how our group is just one big world-wide family...Thanks for sharing.

And Dick, that explains why I haven't spotted your Pagoda this summer -- you are too busy travelling to the Fatherland! I hope you had at least got to see a Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna and a Bratwurst in Nuremberg!!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on July 28, 2008, 15:36:19
Not nearly as exotic as Peter's experience, but ... today as I was heading back to Amsterdam, top-down (it was rather hot and humid today in Holland)after visiting a client in Utrecht, another (cream-colored) Pagoda was heading into the opposite direction, also top-down.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on August 02, 2008, 11:00:29
Yesterday (Friday) afternoon at about 3:30 - 3:45:  A dark maroon Pagoda, top down, heading up International Drive from the Dulles Toll Road and Spring Hill Road in Tyson's Corner, VA.  I had just left work and took my 230SL out for a spin in solidarity as soon as I got home!  It was a good afternoon for a ride in a Pagoda...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 280SL71 on August 04, 2008, 03:33:17
Sunday 03 August 9:00 a.m. at the Vanderbilt Museum Invitational Car Show in Centerport, Long Island, NY: a tan? 280?SL came in behind me and turned at the "Not Pre-Registered" entry. I did not see the car again.

Are you here?

Richard M, NYC
By the way Ole Beige took First in Class against seven other marques in the "1965-1969" Class. It was a "Concours Sanitaire" so only appearance and cleanliness counted. My car may not be "correct" but at least it's clean  :o)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hill on August 05, 2008, 17:44:38
Chapagne colored 230/250 @13:15 on 12th St. Sacramento CA. Looked gorgeous. You out there?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on August 19, 2008, 13:56:29
Parked mine opposite a black 280 with red leather interior and hardtop on in Rue Des Abbesses in Paris yesterday. It was a Paris car (index 75). Was it you Philmas?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 69280sl on August 19, 2008, 21:06:24
Saw a black euro pagoda eastbound on North Ave (rte 64) at rte 355 at 6:10pm, Tuesday the 19th. I have seen this car before in the vicinity. Anybody lurking on this group?

Gus
68 280sl
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on August 20, 2008, 07:33:36
Hi Paulr,
Didn't get a picture ? would have love to have seen one with the back drop of Paris.[:p]

kemal
280SL
Manual LHD

quote:
Originally posted by paulr

Parked mine opposite a black 280 with red leather interior and hardtop on in Rue Des Abbesses in Paris yesterday. It was a Paris car

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mdsalemi on August 20, 2008, 14:20:27
On August 8th, I spotted what appeared to be an Arabian Grey 113 heading east on Maple (15 mile) at M5 in Commerce Township, MI.

And I thought I knew most of them around here!  Not that one!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on August 20, 2008, 15:10:11
Rue des Abbesses isn't the prettiest of streets Kemal but next time I'm there I'll see what I can do.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mark280SL on August 26, 2008, 12:42:10
I spotted a pagoda this morning traveling South on Rt.287 near Bridgewater NJ at about 8:40am.

I drive quite a bit but I've rarely seen others on the road so when I came up from behind him I had to look closely, I was surprised to see it. I was not in mine at the time.

It's remarkable how modern these 40 year old cars look on the highway when the top is down, design wise they don't look their age at all.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: psmith on August 31, 2008, 21:22:04
I saw two this weekend.  The first one, a silver 280 SL on Friday at DeLaveaga Golf Course in Capitola, CA and the second one(or same one?) also in Capitola on Saturday afternoon in downtown Capitola.  I was there for the annual sandcastle competition.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on September 01, 2008, 13:23:42
I saw five 113's yesterday at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. It was a sparkling late summer day with no clouds an temps in the low 80's F. Three very nice 280's (Green, Blue and Beige) were presented along with a silver highly modified car and a red "Corcedes"... a 1971 280 with a Corvette engine, seats and lots of fiberglass modifications (not my cup of tea). The event featured vintage street and race cars from Nascar to F-1; from Shelby Cobras to Lotus Europa's. It was presented by Rolex and BMW. Will definitely attend next year!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: sjiatrou on September 02, 2008, 13:16:51
Beautiful day on the Monterey Peninsula. While driving my 230 sl I had the pleasure of encountering another 230 sl on Del Monte near the Window-on-the-Bay.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: BABAK on September 09, 2008, 11:09:43
I saw a light green in valencia ca yesterday morning
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: waltklatt on September 12, 2008, 15:42:20
Saw another derelict May 1970 280SL.
Sad looking, but has potential. Oh well....can't we all dream?
Walter
1967 220SL-diesel

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Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on September 13, 2008, 22:54:02
Thursday I saw silver 280SL Euro on side street downtown Monterey.... Sadly right front fender was dented.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kenneth Gear on September 16, 2008, 16:34:43
I saw a nice red/congac 280 sl on Massachusetts Ave NW in DC yesterday.  I managed to chase him down and pull up beside him at a light and complement his car.  Its always nice to see one out of the blue
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jameshoward on September 18, 2008, 12:32:48
London Town; the Mall; today around 1730h.

Nice blue-ish metallic F reg car heading towards Admiralty Arch.

Looked very correct indeed.

JH
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on September 26, 2008, 07:51:57
A "Gas Crisis" report on the 7:00 news in Atlanta showed this 280SL caught in line waiting to get some gas. I'll bet the owner standing at the pump was worried that the only gas available was 85 octane regular.
(http://www.sl113.org/forums/uploaded/al_lieffring/200892694034_Gas%20lines.jpg)
It is just like the Oil Embargo gas lines of the 70's all over again, I should take my 230sl to wait in line for gas with the same car that I had back then.

Al
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Douglas on September 29, 2008, 12:18:14
I just bumped into fellow enthusiast Richard Madison on foot at Grand Central this morning. Does that count? :-)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on September 30, 2008, 01:32:15
only if he had photo's in his phone and showed you them.


quote:
Originally posted by Douglas

I just bumped into fellow enthusiast Richard Madison on foot at Grand Central this morning. Does that count? :-)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: loizou on September 30, 2008, 17:31:08
saw a white and a silver\blue 280 in highgate london today  8)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: deacon on October 04, 2008, 09:57:25
Wednsday - San Francisco on Front Street.  250SL with the word AUTOMATIC spelled out on the model insignia on the boot.  Cannot find the color in the tech manual - it was an off beige with some yellow in the paint.  Pretty car.

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dixy2k on October 04, 2008, 16:17:39
Friday Oct 3 between San Pedro and Long Beach a white 250SL Automatic no top, Euro headlamps. Pretty fast.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dldubois on October 04, 2008, 20:37:42
Red 280sl on Fort Worth Drive in Denton, TX last week.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on October 19, 2008, 15:43:33
Turns out its my neighbor...4/10 of a mile away and the car is a green 280 SL. Perhaps we should start a new thread... "How close does another Pagoda reside to yours?"


quote:
Originally posted by KevinC

Tonight on Main Street in my rural western Massachusetts town (pop 5,300) a green (I believe; it was almost dusk) pagoda with hard top attached. I honked and waved by reflex...then realized I was in my Chrysler 300.

Kevin Caputo
Hampden, MA
1967 230 SL Automatic
670 Light Ivory
113 Bronze/Brown MB Tex


Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: abe280SL on October 19, 2008, 18:37:03
My neighbor across the street has a green 280sl...the garages face each other! Try to beat that!
abe


quote:
Originally posted by KevinC

Turns out its my neighbor...4/10 of a mile away and the car is a green 280 SL. Perhaps we should start a new thread... "How close does another Pagoda reside to yours?"



Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on October 19, 2008, 19:10:29
You got me!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: starrynight on October 29, 2008, 16:57:39
Never. At least not in my hometown. I drove two hours each way to St. Louis in July to find a couple "living" examples at an all European car show for my restoration research. They must be all hiding out in rust free Colorado. I saw two nice white 230's on my last trip, not the same car I promise. One of them was driving around Old Colorado City and the sound of the engine made me completely jealous. Later, I spotted several more W113's at a Mercedes sales/repair shop. Most were customer cars in an array of colors and one was a personal restoration project. A really nice family owns the shop and they have been in the Mercedes business forever. Whenever I am in Colorado I check in hoping they will have a part I am looking for since they have an all Mercedes parts yard on site as well. They don't really sell hardtop parts though (I needed a back glass). Whenever they get a hardtop they restore and sell it...so if anyone is looking for a complete hardtop Salim's Silver Star Automobiles Service, Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO might be worth a try.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on October 31, 2008, 22:43:45
On the Washington Beltway north of the I-66 interchange, along with 10,000 folks trying to beat the trick-or-treaters home, I saw this Tobacco Brown Pagoda on a vehicle transporter.  No license plates, don't know where it was headed.


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Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dldubois on November 01, 2008, 22:08:12
Just today in Dallas.   Went down to drop off my car to have the dash re-sprayed.   Same shop that had painted the car a couple of years ago and leaving is another 69 280sl.  Great looking white car w/ Black interior.   The owner had recently purchased from an estate sale in CA and shipped here to TX.  (Never have I seen such a rust free original trunk).  Overall car looked fantastic.  The owner states he's lurked around our site so hopefully we'll see Charles on here shortly.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on November 12, 2008, 10:08:14
NDD 250F

So that would be a 67/8 - my guess is 250!

Blue soft-top over white. Heading south over Tower Bridge this morning at about 9.45
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Intex on November 13, 2008, 05:09:33
I see one almost every day. For some reason our town has quite a few, 2 in my same neighborhood, a red 280sl, and a silver 250sl.
Other than those, we have one of the larger Pagoda restorers in town here as well.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on November 13, 2008, 12:55:53
I see one almost every day. For some reason our town has quite a few, 2 in my same neighborhood, a red 280sl, and a silver 250sl.
Other than those, we have one of the larger Pagoda restorers in town here as well.


Where are you ??

kemal
280SL
Manual LHD69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rob walker on November 14, 2008, 14:00:53
Last Sunday 9th December parked at Kemer Golf and Country Club, Istanbul. Looked like a US spec 280SL in Sand Beige (476) nice condition. Unfortunately I was so late for my tee time (wonderful Istanbul traffic >:() I could not stop and it had left by the time I finished my round of golf.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on November 15, 2008, 02:23:44
I saw a white one in a parking lot, when I was at Hilton Head, but was with some friends and unable to stop. There was 2 113 for the car club show and one brought hers back for the concours. I encouraged her to join our club.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hauser on November 15, 2008, 05:38:45
Saw one last week at the shop when I picked up my ML.  A 1964 230sl with a very nice interior.  The paint wasn't all that great but overall a straight car.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: rob walker on November 17, 2008, 09:27:00
This makes 3 cars in a week in Istanbul, where have they all come from?

Again in Kemer Country Club area 280SL in 387H with a very nice registration 34SL280 (all Istanbul cars have 34 to start the registration)

We also went to the Rahmi Koc museum, which specialises in all forms of transport only to see another 280SL on display, the lighting was poor so that is my excuse for the rather low quality photos ;)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 69280sl on November 18, 2008, 03:21:32
Hardly ever, unless it belongs to one of the local forum members.

Actually, I'm posting this to see if my avatar works.

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hauser on November 18, 2008, 23:55:50
I saw one today at the intersection of Archer Rd and Tower Rd.  I believe it was a white 280sl.  Last week I saw a blue '64 230sl at the shop I use.  I found out that the owner has a second car a 280sl.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on November 19, 2008, 21:38:31
It works - what year is the Jaguar/Daimler?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Holden Lewis on November 19, 2008, 21:41:29
I rarely spot another Pagoda.

Holden
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on December 08, 2008, 09:57:35
On the Fakenham -Wells-next-the-sea road yesterday at about 1.30pm. Which is the far end of nowhere.

Silver with I think a black hardtop. Not sure which engine as it was heading the other way (North)

Brave fellow as there was a lot of black ice around yesterday.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=wells+next+the+sea&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&resnum=1&ct=title (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=wells+next+the+sea&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&resnum=1&ct=title)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on December 08, 2008, 22:09:41
Saw a pale blue Pagoda pull out in front of me this morning in Kensington/London ... [ Soft top ]
I would have stopped my bike and handed over a card if it wasn't for my bike wanting to stall, due to the damp & cold weather. :-\


Are you here ?  :o

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on December 08, 2008, 22:18:17
Kemal, I wonder if it was "the other" James H? Isn't he(aren't you JH) in London now?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on December 18, 2008, 15:20:35
Two today, both 280s

One parked in Wimpole Street - in a silver colour with the greener tint, the other gold with brown softtop going slowly down Great Titchfield Street (both in very central London)

Both cars now have group cards....
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: psmith on December 19, 2008, 06:45:53
Last week I was on my normal commute on Hwy 87 in San Jose and there was a  wreck on the side of the road.  As I went by I saw that it was a silver pagoda!  I almost had an accident myself trying to see.  There was only one car and I didn't see any body damage, but I think the front wheel was at a funny angle, so I wonder if the suspension collapsed. 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dash808 on December 20, 2008, 04:53:05
In Hawaii I see about 1 per year, and I'm over due for a sighting. 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: leitz 280 sl on December 22, 2008, 15:17:08
Here in El Paso Texas I see about 2 a year.  Besides mine there are two others that run around from time to time.  A very rare sight but always glad to see them. 


I am on Plaxo please accept  my invitation to communicate.

Thanks,
Bill
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: abe280SL on January 12, 2009, 06:18:05
No one has seeing a Pagoda in 3 weeks?
abe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dash808 on January 12, 2009, 09:57:21
I just saw a white '71 280sl auto last week here in Hawaii.  First spotting in two years.  It was in very nice shape.  Parked at Kapiolani park by the tennis courts. 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: deacon on February 04, 2009, 22:24:31
Kind of strange one.  In front of Royal Exchange bar in San Francisco financial district.  Early 230 with a jump seat.  Looks yellower than any of the beiges listed in the tech manual with a REALLY silver top. Guy said he didn't have a computer and never went online - so he won't be joining.  He could pass for Donald Southerland's brother.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on February 08, 2009, 11:15:39
Guy said he didn't have a computer and never went online -

Good to see there are still some of those left. Haven't seen a pagoda since leaving London, funny thing is after I pulled up to my local mechanic in Dunmanway (had to introduce the new lady, you understand), he took me around the back of his garage and showed me two immaculate R107s, both less than 50k milles which his dad brought over in the late 80s- they are used on local car club days out, West Cork Vintage Club, only if the weather is good (and that is unusual in this part of the world!)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JPMOSE on February 08, 2009, 20:07:51
I saw a Pagoda in Palermo, Italy this morning.  I was in a taxi on the way to the airport and it was in the distance.  Cream in color and no headrest.....but too far away to tell which model.   Funny how I reacted....I felt like I was at home in the states when I saw it rather than associating it with Europe!   I have been in Italy and Greece 30 days so far in 2009 but have yet to see a Pagoda until today.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on February 21, 2009, 21:43:32


Would you believe... on the shoroom floor of the used car dealership next door to where I work?  1965 230SL 113042-10-009987, white w/ black tex, 4sp manual, euro version (KPH speedometer, early style euro headlamps.  Last registered owner was in Manhasset NY.  The car  looks like it has been rode hard and put away wet" and must have had a bondo job and a repaint within the last couple of years. Grimy engine compartment with one interesting feature I have not seen before on a Pagoda:  The breather hose on the valve cover does not angle across the valve cover and connect to a metal pipe that routes over to the throtte body on the intake.  Instead, it angles back towards the rear of the engine compartment and connects to an angled metal road draft tube that dumps oil fumes to the atmosphere down behind the motor mount bracket on the IP side of the engine.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on February 28, 2009, 23:37:23
Driving [ 320ml ] with my family to the Brooklands Museum in weybridge [ London ] we saw a Silver 280Auto traveling on the motorway towards weybridge ..... 2 Ladies chatting in the right-hand drive beauty!  :-X

I was tempted to pass a pagoda members card while traveling with my window down, my wife thought otherwise!  :o

Are you here ??  ::)

Kemal
280SL
Manual 69LHD  ;)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jameshoward on March 01, 2009, 05:57:18
The Tom Clancy film, The Sum of All Fears. Sitting in Kabul bored to tears last night watching said film and lo, Morgan Freeman playing some spook meets Jack Ryan outisde his flat in the evening in his 113. Judging from the wing mirrors it would appear to be a 280. Worryingly, it was raining in the film and the car with softtop up was very wet indeed.

Does this count as a 'spot'?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dash808 on March 02, 2009, 01:44:01
I happened to spot a white 280sl a couple days ago a few streets over from my house.  It is tucked away next to the owners house and almost in the back yard.  Very abandoned looking like it hasn't moved in a long long time. 
I may have to be a good neighbor and take it off his hands for him;)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: abe280SL on March 17, 2009, 06:47:43
I drove my red car with the hard top on for four days from Ventura, Hwy 1, Monterey, Carmel, and down 101....FOUR DAYS and nobody saw me...I am sad.
abe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tonys113 on March 17, 2009, 12:08:32
Abe,
Funny you mention that no one saw you. I too have ben driving my Silver 69 with the Hard Top on for the last 4 days. It's still a bit cold here in "Snowchester, NY' but I couldn't wait any longer. Many other drivers have made me aware of their appreciation seeing my car but....

Tony ;D
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hill on March 17, 2009, 17:14:17
I drove my red car with the hard top on for four days from Ventura, Hwy 1, Monterey, Carmel, and down 101....FOUR DAYS and nobody saw me...I am sad.
abe

I drive mine 250 or so days of the year and I have been spotted twice.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: glenn on March 21, 2009, 16:13:56
Saw a white 230SL in front of a repair shop on the ocean NC/SC line.  Mechanic said the owner was 'Rohr'.  Left a note for him.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on March 21, 2009, 23:30:45
Riding my motorbike through  "Chepstow Road W2" London with flowers tucked in to my saddle bags [ Mother's Day ] driving towards my parents home I saw a silver 230SL with its roof off parked along the side of the road, of course I stopped to place a visitors card on the windscreen!  Pagoda Group. ;)

Are you here?  ??? Are they ever ?? :-\
Maybe one day!  8)

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bpossel on March 23, 2009, 12:34:42
Pagodas in Memphis are rare!

Yesterday 3/22/09 between 4:30-5:00pm - spotted a gold Pagoda w/hardtop & fog lights on Walnut Grove Road West Bound.

Who are you ????  Are you out there ????  Would like to have you attend our local MBCA club meeting....

Bob  :)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: wingding on March 26, 2009, 00:25:23
Boy...... On the open highway or in town ......... 1991 coming down the Long island expressway.... and there it was..
Solid white - hardtop on .... Passed me on the right {multiple lanes} I sat there and announced it's coming.... white 280sl - american market...   a BEAUTY!!!

THAT! Was a LONG TIME AGO!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on March 26, 2009, 10:21:32
I was thinking about this topic over the past few days, because I decided to drive the Pagoda to our vacation home in France (a 400 mile trek Amsterdam-Antwerp-Brussels-Luxembourg-Metz-Nancy-Langres on main highways, with the last 30 miles on local winding roads) and back for an extended weekend stay. I decided to go with the traffic, try out the new Vredestein tires, and check performance and mileage in general.

I returned yesterday which took a bit over 6 hours, so I averaged about 70 MPH. The weather was rough yesterday, and in the Belgian Ardennes there was some heavy snowfall and one resultant bad accident, that had just happened a minute or so before I passed by it (car upside down beside the road, several more dented).

It's probably rare to see a 40-year old car keeping up with, and oftentimes passing, modern cars over hundreds of miles. I found the most comfortable speed to be between 70 and 80 MPH.

Over the weekend, I drove about doing errands maybe 100 miles. So, in short, plenty of opportunity to be spotted and reported here! Over the entire trip, I only saw maybe three other old cars; one, a Jaguar E-type from the late sixties looking pristine, in Vesoul - a city where cars like that would be extra rare. He had a local tag (French department no. 70) and we gave each other thumbs up.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Andres G on March 26, 2009, 22:07:11
This is interesting. I have only seen two pagodas in town in the past 5 years I've lived here... one of them is a 1968 250 SL (one of only two that supposedly came out of the factory  that year).

But more interesting than that, was the fact that on my way back from Texas towing the trailer with our newly acquired SL, we saw a Dodge truck towing another SL on Interestate 40 heading West towards Oklahoma City. It was a white car with a light blue hardtop... definitely nice color combo.

If the owner is here, please chime in. It's definitely not normal for me to see one of these, even less if they are being trailered in the opposite direction.

Andres
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: waqas on March 27, 2009, 08:47:46
It's definitely not normal for me to see one of these, even less if they are being trailered in the opposite direction.

Well, someone must have gotten wind of your recent purchase. We have strict laws in Texas about maintaining a certain percentage of pagodas within state lines. Conservation of energy, good vibes, and all that sort of thing...  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: glenn on March 27, 2009, 12:17:12
I was thinking about this topic over the past few days, because I decided to drive the Pagoda to our vacation home in France (a 400 mile trek Amsterdam-Antwerp-Brussels-Luxembourg-Metz-Nancy-Langres on main highways, with the last 30 miles on local winding roads) and back for an extended weekend stay. I decided to go with the traffic, try out the new Vredestein tires, and check performance and mileage in general.

I returned yesterday which took a bit over 6 hours, so I averaged about 70 MPH. The weather was rough yesterday, and in the Belgian Ardennes there was some heavy snowfall and one resultant bad accident, that had just happened a minute or so before I passed by it (car upside down beside the road, several more dented).

It's probably rare to see a 40-year old car keeping up with, and oftentimes passing, modern cars over hundreds of miles. I found the most comfortable speed to be between 70 and 80 MPH.
Over the weekend, I drove about doing errands maybe 100 miles. So, in short, plenty of opportunity to be spotted and reported here! Over the entire trip, I only saw maybe three other old cars; one, a Jaguar E-type from the late sixties looking pristine, in Vesoul - a city where cars like that would be extra rare. He had a local tag (French department no. 70) and we gave each other thumbs up.

Ah, memories. Jealous of you in Luxembourg-Metz-Nancy.  1971, seems like yesterday. :)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on March 28, 2009, 14:21:19
Hey Glenn - were you living here at the time, or visiting?

I will be doing the same trek again this coming Monday - interviewing in Luxembourg Monday afternoon, then onto the house near Langres to talk to the architect supervising the upgrade that is due to start at the end of next week, then onto Paris for another job interview on Wednesday. Wherever I end up, the Pagoda is coming with us ...

The speed limit nowadays in Luxembourg and France on the major highways is 130 KPH (around 80 MPH). The highway runs through Metz and Thionville, and the speed limit there is either 55 or 70 MPH, with a bunch of speed cameras to catch offenders.

Since the 'Shengen treaty' came into effect, the border crossings have become much easier; most of the time, it's just 'slow down to about 30 MPH, pass the border, then accellerate back to normal speed'. Only once in a while (for example, two weeks ago when I passed on a Friday night between France and Luxembourg) there are random checks, for example to catch drug smugglers.

To get the topic back on track: I spotted a very odd-coloured Pagoda in Amsterdam today, parked on the Rozengracht. Unpainted hubcaps, hardtop on. Anyone from here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Klaus on April 02, 2009, 16:02:31
Just came back from a 3900 mile trip in my Pagoda, NYC - Cincinnati - Mobile - Sanibel Island - Savannah - Outer Banks - NYC. Saw R107, R129, R170, R230 etc., but not a single Pagoda.
C'mon guys, it's spring, get your garage queens on the road! :)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on April 02, 2009, 17:34:30
Wow, Klaus. Quite a road trip. 

I really like the lighthouse shot! I am sure we'd all love to see some more pics!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: abe280SL on April 04, 2009, 21:06:13
I saw a silver with the top down going S on 101fwy near Topanga Cy exit in Calabasas at 1pm today.
Anyone here?
abe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on April 06, 2009, 04:33:23
Ok. So I'm a little hard up so bear with me. You guys seem to see 'em all the time, I have to wait months on end (unless I drive over to Dick M.'s house but that's cheating -- and his neighbors probably think I'm stalking him...)....

So does this count? Today turned out to be take the 3 daughters and their Mom shopping day. Thankfully, I was able to get a short Pagoda drive in this morning, while number two or maybe it was number three was drying her hair... pheww.

Anyway, after endless hours of "how's this?", "what da ya think Daddy?", and "does this make me look fat?"... you get the picture, I was ready for a break. So was junior -- so I offered to take her to the restroom in Target. While I was whistling outside the door, I noticed the weekly ad on the wall... Surprise, surprise, surprise...Right behind 3 teenie boppers modeling something or another was... a beautiful white 280SL! I double took, then asked if they had an ad I could have. They only had that one but said check the web... so here it is -- at least until the sale runs out...

http://weeklyad.target.com/target/default.aspx?action=flashfullscreen&storeid=2395101&fullscreen=y


Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on April 11, 2009, 03:29:36
Finally! a three-dimensional spotting. Between Auburn and Grass Valley -- parked outside a small European car repair shop. Although it was pouring rain, I swung in and spent a good while just taking it all in. Really pretty US-spec off white 4-speed 230SL with an almost teal blue interior. Ivory wheel. Never saw that combo before. I'd swear its original and frankly the car was in fantastic condition. Very straight body, perfect chrome & glass, red lamps, original CA plates. the longer I stared at it the better in became... It was clearly someone's pride and joy. Made mine look a bit rough around the edges.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on April 16, 2009, 22:12:29
Today, 15th of April 2009. As I was driving my Pagoda to a meeting with my Tulip Rally driver on the N207 in the Netherlands along Nieuw-Vennep, open top, saw a dark blue, hard top Pagoda coming the opposite way. We waved. I suppose it's cheating as that way is the major road to van Dijk of www.classicsl.com, and they have customers coming or going on a regular basis. But in the infamous words of Kemal: "Helloooo, are you out here???"  :D

On the way back I got caught in torrential rains, such that I had the car aquaplane in a deep puddle (it was dark and raining cats and dogs so I didn't spot it)... luckily I managed to hold it. That's when you suddenly realise that permanent 4WD and ESP do actually add value in terrible weather.

Peter

(ps: see pictures as to why it's called the Tulip Rally)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Faber on April 16, 2009, 23:38:17
Hehe....nice post - keep an eye out for Italian side indicators accompanying a "For Sale" sign if my current effort does not pan out...(-*
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on April 20, 2009, 13:57:57
Right... a very, very fruitful weekend. On Saturday I spotted three Pagoda's at the Tulpen Rally Car Ceck (see http://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?topic=10620.0) and I made sure of alerting one of the owners to this site.

On Sunday I drove my Pagoda to and from my field-hockey match in beautiful weather, we passed the Oude Woudenbergse Zandweg in Zeist at around 14:30. There was a Pagoda Parked on someone's driveway. I didn't have time to stop, and it looked very similar to the grey one in the Tulip Rally Car check.

Then today, as I was driving around my home town of Hilversum, I spotted another Pagoda that I haven't seen before. A darker beige coloured one? Because the traffic in Hilversum is a mess I could not stop and talk to the driver.

Anyway, beat that guys! Four, maybe 5 Pagoda's spotted in the wild in one weekend!

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on April 20, 2009, 21:17:29
Hey Peter - can't top your experience, but I did see three Pagodas in traffice last Friday and Saturday, in and around Amsterdam. Even noted one of the license plates: DE-05-71, dark blue and top-down.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike on April 22, 2009, 22:07:49
I just returned from a few days of rest in Naples, Florida.  What  beautiful place Naples is.  Lots of great cars, including three different Pagodas spotted during my short visit.  One was anthracite with hardtop fitted and being trailered on Route 75.  Another was light blue metallic and another was light blue non metallic.  All three looked nice from what I could see but each was travelling in the opposite direction so I was not able to get close.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dixy2k on April 26, 2009, 04:04:01
On Pacific Coast Hwy in Seal Beach a red 230 (I think), a gentleman and his grandson perhaps.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on May 02, 2009, 01:10:12
While returning from a Mercedes event in Milledgeville GA last weekend I saw a white 113 top down headed south toward Lake Oconee.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Drewtee on May 02, 2009, 08:45:39
Yesterday evening in Kent on the A21 near the 'Princess Royal Hospital' a Grey/ Brown Pagoda. We spotted each other. I was in my Mid blue Pagoda with Blue roof.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bob G on May 05, 2009, 07:37:51
When I was very young, O gee that makes me feel old! if you passed another Pagoda the owners would flash their headlights at each other out of some mystical secret hand shake in respect for one another. at lease that's what I remember when riding with my dad in early 1968.

forward to 2009 forty years later" I get no respect" as Rodney Dangerfield used to say. Very few know the secret hand shake any more. I live in a town of frumpy elephant size trucks and very few if any good old German classics. You have to go to Irvine a 20 mile drive  to experience that.

One Sunday morning I was heading to pick up a book at the Branes &  noble on Pacific coast Highway traveling down Bellflower to PCH two lanes in front of me I spot a nice creme 280SL with a gentleman & his dog out for a Sunday ride. Well I got excited and pulled a couple of Steve McQueen moves in my freckly old Toyota Cresseda to catch up with him and get his attention. Luckily for me Starkey & Hutch had the day off or I would of spent the night in the slammer trying to explane to a judge with a little humor my unsafe driving practices. Definitely not a candidate for the safe driving award of the year.  just plan stupidity and over excitement .

Well I got his attention alright This guy might of been a bodyguard the way he was build. so I do not think I was intimidating to him at all , he was just trying to figure out why some nut in an old Toyota was after him . He had a certain sergrin on his face when I approached him.

We both pulled over and I carefully introduced my self to Steve  the owner.  to bad I was not driving the SL that day, but then again I would not of pulled those moves had I been driving it. We talked a little exchanged numbers and I went on my way to pick up my book and Steve well the coast with  the top down and riding in style.
On another note, I live right  by Long Beach airport and twice a 1943 B17 bomber flew over me . Now that a very humbling sound four prat and Whitney rolls royceengines producing almost a thousand HP each. It is quite a sound. If you haven't seen the story of The Memphis Bell as a row of these taxiedown the run way in line it drives shivers through me like the sound of 24 pagodas in song.
anyone got some extra cash laying around !! just a  cool couple of million, I will pay it back tomorrow  I promise!!!

Bob Geco

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: abe280SL on May 07, 2009, 19:09:43
Bob,
Do yourself a favor...try not to chase down the B17 bomber with your Toyota.
abe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bullethead on May 09, 2009, 10:58:48
There are 3 driven regularly in my area (Palm Beach), so we see them several times a week. I hope to add my wife's to the local fleet by November.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on May 09, 2009, 19:26:21
When I lived in Tequesta and, later, Palm Beach, I would see Pagodas around all the time; this is what finally moved me to buy one.  California and Florida may well be the two areas in the world where there will always be a constant supply of Pagoda Sightings ...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on May 10, 2009, 10:25:44
Unlike Mike, I did not see any pagodas in Naples last week. But we were amazed at the  variety of convertibles on offer in the States (wife struck by something called a Solistice  :-X and Thunderbird (without the hardtop).

The Kinsale Vintage Club had their 20th May rally this weekend. Very well attended, with 100+ cars and a strong contingent from Swansea. Oldest car was a 2 family owner from new 1909 Minerva. We drove from Kinsale to Lismore and back thru The Vee. Weather perfect- high 50s easy sunshine. Mercs included  several 107s, Adenaiuer 300, 60s 220se, 280se 3.5 conv and a maroon 280SL imported from Canada by Mark. We parked next to each other at Lismore but he disappeared before I could card him. Mark, are you here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike on May 10, 2009, 13:39:26
A silver one whizzed by me yesterday as I was walking in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was glistening in the sun, and I only caught a quick look, but I could see that it was beautiful.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dash808 on May 12, 2009, 10:20:40
It's funny, I go forever without a sighting and then I see two in two days. 

The first was a nice red 280 cruising downtown Waikiki at night with the top down, and the second was two miles from my house. a bluish grey 230 I believe. 

Not counting my 250, that makes a total of 6 Pagoda's that I know of on an island of almost 1,000,000 people.   
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on May 20, 2009, 20:31:27
White Pagoda driving towards the BBC Studios in White City, London UK.
Needed a bit of TLC ..........
Lady driver, Reg, HUM...

Are you here?  :-\

I couldn't stop as I was traveling on my bike the opposite way with my daughter on the back. :)

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hill on May 22, 2009, 15:50:42
Gorgeous dark gold 280? with a black top. Sighted on May 20th at 7th + G st Sacramento.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: glenn on May 24, 2009, 20:20:16
Just saw three at Hemphill's Garage(was Volvo Bill's) in Denver, NC.  The red 280 had a 5 speed.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Andres G on May 27, 2009, 01:25:08
I was in Boston last week for two days of training and spotted this one during a stroll around the hotel after lunch time... I thought it could be a forum member. Anyone know seen it before?

(http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/4521/bostonslt.jpg)

Andres
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on May 28, 2009, 06:53:10
Copenhagen is crowded with classic mercs. Due to our insane taxes on new cars (180%+25% VAT), useable classics are in great demand. Saw a red US-spec 280 SL yesterday in the middle of Copenhagen, last week an ivory 230 SL and the week before that, my friend Jacob cruising in his white 230 SL auto looking very happy with himself (it has undergone a major engine/gearbox overhaul this winter)....
Besides this, the owner of the local juicebar drives a burgundy S-class (3,5) from the late 60's - always illegally parked, but never gets a ticket and there is a fashion photographer and a local rock star in the area both driving 190 SLs - one white, one teal blue. The rock star also has a Pagoda, but I think it is in Poland for restoration.


Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: abe280SL on June 01, 2009, 05:02:25
I saw one yesterday parked in the driveway...a yellow looking one in the city of Westlake Village in a development called
"Three Springs". Anyone out there?
abe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dixy2k on June 01, 2009, 15:25:39
A white 230 with Euro headlights on Sunset Blvd. in LA on Sunday 5/31/09
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tom Colitt on June 12, 2009, 20:08:07
At the risk of rubbing it in. Here in Los Angeles, I'd say I spot another Pagoda two or three times a month. That's the positive thing about living here. How many times do I hear a story of someone's friend's Pagoda recently being stolen?... About four or five times a year. Unfortunately, twice it's been mine...

Best, Tom Colitt
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: al_lieffring on June 13, 2009, 16:22:50
Thiis isn't even close to being on topic.

Pagoda is mentioned in the lyrics of a Weird Al Yankovick song, "Bob".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsjUbdSefes

I don't want to be a spoiler, so I won't say any more.

Al

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on June 14, 2009, 09:30:57
Yesterday, saturday 13th of June 2009, at 16:50 spotted a silver Pagoda with square driving lamps mounted on the bumper driving towards Hilversum on the N201. If it was you, let us know!

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Drewtee on June 14, 2009, 22:08:50
Today Silver Pagoda driving opposite direction to me (towards Bromley) Me in a red one. We spotted each other at high speed!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: peterm on June 15, 2009, 14:40:18
re the weird al song seems to make more sense that the original dylan one.  Not sure it qualifies as a pogoda sighting more like the word pagoda sighting
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: tom.hanson on June 24, 2009, 00:20:38
I see them every day, and sometimes several in one day.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: thelews on June 24, 2009, 02:25:45
Saw one today going the opposite direction on the freeway with a full sized bicycle in the passenger side.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: peterm on July 03, 2009, 18:15:55
Thursday 1pm Route 50 going into DC a 280 in 542 dark red- anyone in here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Iconic on July 16, 2009, 04:35:40
Today (Wednesday). At about 10:00 AM Mountain time USA.
Driving into the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.
It was a light color like off white.
Maybe someone on a big trek to Blacklick??
Anyone from here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on July 20, 2009, 11:24:48
Waaaaah!  Never.  Carling is tucked up in her garage for the summer, and we're here in sweltering Dubai.  However, we did see a Veyron last week, tooling along by Jumeirah Beach!  Wow...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on August 06, 2009, 09:57:13
This morning at about 9.45. A blue 230 (cream softtop) passed me in the Blackfriars tunnel (central London) heading westbound

I chased him down on my bicycle and managed to "card" him before Waterloo Bridge...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: PnHi on August 07, 2009, 15:25:01
280SL Sunday 8/2 heading north on Rt 40 in Edgewood MD at about 2pm.  Exterior blue with white steering wheel.

Mike C.
1968 250SL
Dark Olive/Cognac/ 4sp
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Hath on August 07, 2009, 21:23:01
Gold SL Thursday 8/6 - - in bird rock area of La Jolla, CA
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: abe280SL on August 12, 2009, 01:37:47
Today a white one on 23 freeway in Thousand Oaks, CA while I was driving my red sl.
abe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on August 17, 2009, 01:12:16
I passed paths with a white w113 pagoda today.  We were traveling in opposite directions on a 2 lane stretch of Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay (California).  Unfortunately I was not in my 280 Sl to catch his/her attention, I traveled that same stretch of road in my Pagoda earlier in the day.  How sad. :( :'(
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ctm14 on August 17, 2009, 05:30:11
Hi All,

  I spotted a green 280 headed east bound on route 56 out of Carmel Valley (San Diego, California USA) on 8/16.  The photo was taken exiting at Camino Del Sur.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on August 23, 2009, 10:34:53
Silver one, yesterday in Sloane St, London, outside Hermes! ;)

Could you be in the Pagoda Gang? ;D

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: nealkeith on August 25, 2009, 00:40:46
I can't remember seeing another one since I bought mine in the spring of 2008.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Iconic on August 25, 2009, 17:30:43
Approximately 8:00 AM this morning. West of Chicago, IL USA, on 294 going South.
It was maybe Havana or Bronze Brown. It looked nice and it sure was fun seeing another one on the road (I was not in mine  >:()....
Anyone from this site???
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Naj on August 25, 2009, 19:48:34
Approximately 8:00 AM this morning. West of Chicago, IL USA, on 294 going South.
It was maybe Havana or Bronze Brown. It looked nice and it sure was fun seeing another one on the road (I was not in mine  >:()....
Anyone from this site???

Probably Bill Greffin aka Tobacco   :)

naj
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Post by: dixy2k on August 26, 2009, 03:16:51
Saturday in Torrance, on Torrance Blvd. a white 230 or 250 with an elderly lady behind the wheel.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: shane on August 26, 2009, 16:09:24
I have only ever seen 3 Pagodas on the road in South Africa.Today I ws sitting at the car wash,and a 250sl on a trailer pulled into the parking area.Recently restored,from a distance it looked splendid.On closer inspection,the restoration was quite poorly done,and on checking the id number,discovered it was in fact a 230sl,with a 250 badge.My stomach turned as I explained to the owner that he had been hoodwinked.I think its important to note,that if it wasnt for this website,I would never have known any better.Anyway,nice to see another Pagoda,even it it was a poser!
Looking forward to getting my sl back in the next week or so,shes been under the knife since October last year!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on August 26, 2009, 16:15:28
I hope you pointed out this site to the hapless owner!

Peter
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Post by: J. Huber on August 26, 2009, 22:19:55
Today beheld a top-down Horizon blue 250SL in Nevada City, CA. I knew the owner but was still giddy to pull behind her in my Pagoda, stop and say hello... Had not seen her or her car for several years now. Here is an older pic showing her car, Dick M's, and mine last time I saw it.



Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jacovdw on August 27, 2009, 08:33:50
I have only ever seen 3 Pagodas on the road in South Africa...

I have seen quite a few in the past few years. Usually at Mercedes-Benz Club gatherings.
There are at least 5 pagodas here in my hometown of Durban (including my own) that I know of and they are 280SL's. One 280SL was imported from the US last year.

Unofficially there are about 50 pagodas in South Africa that I am aware of (thanks to a gentleman that has kept a register), but there may be more lurking around as not all owners belong to the Mercedes-Benz Club or know about this group.

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Post by: Peter van Es on August 27, 2009, 14:15:54
Spotted a Silver Pagoda, with Black Soft Top up, at 15:45, 27th of august, on the Kortenhoefsedijk in Kortenhoef. I was driving the other way in my "civilian car" so had no chance in engaging in conversation.

In the famous words of Kemal: "Are you here?"

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: shane on August 27, 2009, 18:07:54
Peter,I gave him all the details,so am sure he will be around on the site soon!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: abe280SL on September 07, 2009, 04:31:55
Red 68 280sl on S bound 101 visinity of Agoura Hills/Westlake in Ventura/LA county border with license "68 SL"
with a black rubber antenna...thats a no no!
abe
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: seattle_Jerry on September 14, 2009, 02:04:57
Saw a white one and a "barn find" brown one being loaded on a trailer today in Lakewood, Washington. The owner just sold them both. Missed out Doh! Also saw a red with black hardtop in Lakeland, Washington.

And a most likely to be stolen white 230sl at a large apartment complex in Kent, Washington. The guy's son was loaning it to him for transportation. Regular cars get stolen from apartments all the time. Convenient 1 stop shopping. I can't believe a nice car will last long.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: smitka66 on September 17, 2009, 03:33:24
Was in my 71 Silver/Red 280 heading north up Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach this past Sunday and came up upon a
sharp dark blue 230; we both headed north for several miles, but the driver wouldn't even glance over or acknowledge me.
Must have been driving his friend's Pagoda.   Or he had just stolen it.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on September 17, 2009, 09:46:24
Was in my 71 Silver/Red 280 heading north up Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach this past Sunday and came up upon a
sharp dark blue 230; we both headed north for several miles, but the driver wouldn't even glance over or acknowledge me.
Must have been driving his friend's Pagoda.   Or he had just stolen it.

This is off topic, but as I was driving one day in West Palm Beach along a relatively quiet road, there was this pick-up truck beside the road, hood open with lots of smoke coming from under it. Two guys trying to put out the fire but not being very effective at it. As I was carrying an extinguisher in my car, I stopped to help them - but they insisted everything was ok and under control, and not to bother thank you very much. As I pulled away, the only thing I could figure was that they had .... just stolen it (and the electrical short they caused in the process was now burning up the vehicle).
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on September 17, 2009, 09:53:09
also off topic, I saw a Bugatti Veyron in London yesterday

Oh how I laughed as I cycled past it with my three year old on the back of my bike..... ;D
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Drewtee on September 18, 2009, 17:46:41
Just spotted a nice  (was it champagne?) Pagoda in Chislehurst in Kent (UK)  He was stuck in traffic so took the opportunity to introduce myself and tell him to get on this forum. Hopefully one more to add to the community.

Where do i get the PDF to print some cards for future use?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on September 19, 2009, 12:07:37
Here you'll find the cards: http://www.sl113.org/FAQ/items/cards.html

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: RobMarks on September 20, 2009, 10:39:07
A Couple of Pagoda's exiting Canberra Concourse.

Ouiz,  what is unusal about this photo??????


rob
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on September 20, 2009, 11:01:08
I thought you couldn't drive a left hooker in Aus?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: RobMarks on September 20, 2009, 11:54:59
New cars sold are definitely right hand drive, although you can register classic left hand drives no problem

rob
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Post by: Iconic on September 20, 2009, 14:43:27
Ouiz,  what is unusal about this photo??????
So, LHD and RHD, was that it?

If they were just in the opposite lanes, then they could have conversed so easily. What are the odds of that happening?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: RobMarks on September 21, 2009, 11:04:45
yes one lhd and  one rhd.  Also one American, and one Euro style

rob
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on September 23, 2009, 11:34:47
Sunday morning. White, hood down driving in front of the Marriott Marina del Rey. Looked like a 230SL. Great day for it!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: roger on September 23, 2009, 13:46:26
 ;D ;D >:(
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on September 23, 2009, 20:36:56
Roger....

does that mean you've been spotted and are here now?

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jordan on September 24, 2009, 23:43:50
I have not seen one in more than a year, and I do about 40K km/yr of driving.  Does anyone know how many are actually still on the road?
Marcus
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on September 25, 2009, 07:02:43
Marcus,

it's been discussed a couple of times:

Peter
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Post by: rob walker on September 29, 2009, 11:56:58
Papyrus white with hartop on M25 London 28th Sept:

Looked a very nice car and running well. Anyone on here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Naj on September 29, 2009, 12:29:47
 :o Hope it wasn't mine  :o

Its supposed to be in a body shop!

naj
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Post by: Peter van Es on September 29, 2009, 16:10:00
They were just test driving it... it be worse if Rob had spotted it in Spain!... Ahhh, and we have a thread for this, so I just merged this into there!

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bsimaz on September 29, 2009, 17:03:24
This past Sunday on my way home from church.   About 1:00pm heading into Grand Haven,  a 'off-white' / beige 113 pasted me.   First one I've ever seen in town besides mine.  Very nice looking car too.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: shane on October 07, 2009, 19:14:42
On Wednesday last week,I was in a basement parking lot in Dusseldorf(in the Alstad)There I saw a georgeous black 230sl,roof down,just waiting for someone to notice her.Armed with only my trusty Nokia cell phone camera,I went about taking some great pictures.Low and behold,two days later,I lost my cell phone,in a pub!So you guys will just have to believe me! 
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Post by: jameshoward on October 18, 2009, 18:04:27
I know it's not a pagoda but it's still an SL:

300SL Roadster driving into Wandsworth (SW London) on the A3.

Silver, blue roof (raised).

Beauty.

Probably wouldn't have made it through Wandsworth unscathed however, so look out on ebay for 300 SL parts any time soon...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: pablo_o2 on November 02, 2009, 12:19:22
Was in NY last week and spotted this nice 230SL in the SOHO area.Anyone from here?(http://New York 09 (140) - kopie.JPG)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: matt on December 13, 2009, 11:10:20
hey i'm new to the site, but having a blast with my 68 280sl driving around nyc. people look at me as a cross between james bond and tiger woods (pre-affair). considering i'm a newbie, where do you guys have any shows, or meets in the northeast? promise to leave my gold clubs at home...
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Post by: France on December 18, 2009, 15:47:03
Last Saturday we had 3 Pagodas at the beautiful Mar Vista in Sarasota...a warm mostly sunny day with a breeze.  We lunched on the beach under big trees.  Into the parking lot pulled a nice white 190SL, which we had to admire.  We would have had more cars, but goodcompany and tobaccobrown280 arrived without theirs because they came from the rainy north.  We hope to get together again in March during the best weather of the year!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ejboyd5 on December 18, 2009, 16:25:00
Several times this summer saw a powder blue Pagoda driving around in Southold, NY.  Was never able to talk to the owner, but as I only see the car during summer months must assume that it belongs to someone who only vacations in our area.  Aside from that sighting, haven't seen a 230/250/280SL on the road for several years, not even the ivory 280SL belonging to my neighbor which is only visible if he leaves tha garage door open.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Naj on January 03, 2010, 13:03:28
New Year's Day Meet at Brooklands Museum

MB Club Car Park

naj
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ja17 on January 03, 2010, 15:05:53
Two more Pagodas recently appeared on the local scene.  A red with black and a green with black , both 280SLs.  A former Maserati Dealer here in Central Ohio owns the red one and is selling the green one.  The green one is owned by the former owner of a MB dealership here in Columbus.  The have both been is storage for some time. They are both in very nice condition.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jameshoward on January 03, 2010, 15:32:26
What Naj said (I was there, too, but without my car until someone can tell me how to fit a childseat).

New Year's Day Meet at Brooklands Museum

MB Club Car Park

naj
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on February 06, 2010, 05:33:56
Yesterday in San Luis Obispo I saw a silver 280SL with dark blue hard topdriving southbound on Hwy101.  This is only the 3rd sighting I have had on the Central Coast of California in the last year and a half.  I still get chills everytime.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on February 14, 2010, 00:33:54
While in London on a visit, i spotted earlier today a Dark Navy in front of the Cumberland Hotel (Marble Arch).

Any of our British members?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on February 23, 2010, 09:10:35
Was I driving ?
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Post by: dean on February 23, 2010, 11:45:17
yes the car was being driven by a gentleman (wearing eye glasses if my memory serves me right) with a female passenger....
was that you Paul?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on February 23, 2010, 18:23:14
Richmond Circus, 10am today

Copper coloured, LHD
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on February 23, 2010, 18:24:18
a/ I don't wear glasses

b/ I'm no gentleman.

I wonder who it was.

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Post by: Drewtee on April 01, 2010, 06:47:31
On the A21 driving from M25 direction towards Locksbottom direction, a nice silver Pagoda- Anyone here?

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: reggie on April 25, 2010, 19:13:08
i live in leeds yorkshire uk - i just dont see any -  i get my fix on the internet - until mine arrives - then i will sit in my garage staring at it -  :-[
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on April 28, 2010, 11:37:40
After spring arrived, I see a lot of Pagodas around Copenhagen - but it is usually the same bunch of cars that circulate the same area - a red 280, a light blue 230, a cream 230, a white 230, a dark blue 250 and my own silver 230. Occasionally there is an immaculate, white 190 SL parked right outside my window - it's owned by a photographer, who also drives a Havana Brown 280 SL and several 107's (lucky b.....).

Ulf
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: thelews on May 03, 2010, 15:12:23
I just returned from Sea Island, Georgia, very small, very exclusive area with pricey homes.  While down there for 4 days, I saw 5 vintage cars, one of them a 230 SL with its top down parked in a driveway that I saw while taking a walk through the residential areas.  I think it was white/grey, but it may have been something else.  I could not get right up to it to see, only from the street into the driveway.  We then saw it drive by on the main drag about 15 minutes later as we continued our walk.  One can only imagine what lurks in the garages of these 1.5 - 30 million dollar homes!  There was a beautiful '57 or so T-bird convertible that we saw twice in the same place, the driveway.  I don't think they even put it in the garage overnight!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: paulr on May 06, 2010, 10:55:40
Saw a black 280 with red interior on Madison ave yesterday at lunchtime. Very good looking man in late 50's driving. Coolest thing I think I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on May 30, 2010, 15:35:49
Silver 250SL driving towards Putney Bridge, caught up with him and introduced myself & "US" of course, past him a W113 Card.
Hope to see you on here soon Robert.  ;)

Kemal
280SL
Manual LHD69
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 69280sl on June 04, 2010, 03:52:22
Saw a dark red metallic 280sl on Harrison Street, in Forest Park, Illinois a few days ago. It was parked in front of a restaurant but the business next door is a foreign auto repair shop. Don't know if the owner or the car was getting service. Anybody here?

Gus
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Post by: Cees Klumper on June 04, 2010, 12:26:56
This morning, 8:05 AM, in front of the United Nations main entrance here in Geneva (Place des Nations), heading down towards the lake:

A burgendy metallic red 230 SL (I think it was a 230) at the same traffic light I had to stop for on my Honda scooter on my way to work. Gentleman had on a shirt + tie so seemingly on his way to work also. Anybody here?

Over the past few weeks, many more classics on the roads around Geneva, including a beautiful Ferrari last Saturday around 7:20 AM, an MGB and a Porsche 356. Before now, I did not see one classic car for several months but now they're out.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: douglas dees on June 04, 2010, 13:46:48
I have 6 pagodas in my hood, one is a blue 280Sl that was dragged through a rifle bore. It belongs to a local real estate agent who uses the picture on his business card. I try to avoid him as he always wants me to list my house with him.
The others are ships in the night in various conditions and none are MBCA or pagoda members.
Doug Dees :)
1969 silver 280 SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: LXIX SL Rookie on June 09, 2010, 14:22:58
... early morning, early part of week following Memorial Day ... by my wife driving copper BMW Z3 ... Regional resident ... ?  How many of us are there around the D.C.-northern VA-eastern MD region ... ?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: johnshenry on June 11, 2010, 18:54:24
Virtually never where I live in New England, at least not on the roads anyway. I might see one at a cruise night every now and then.  Nearly a dozen or so pop out every October at the Mercedes day a the Larz Anderson Museum however.
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Post by: knockmacool on June 22, 2010, 13:29:38
Yesterday while flat hunting for my mother, lurking in the basement of a nice Dublin 4 apartment complex, a cream 280SL, with what looked like an original Irish registration. As I approached I feared this might be a neglected specimen, but car looked clean and cared for. Any of my Irish friends here?

Drew
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Post by: KW-BYBEE on June 22, 2010, 23:57:02
Hi. Kent island here too.  1967 250sl.  Mine is in the body shop. I think I saw you on the bay bridge a couple of weeks ago. Drop me an email. 
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Post by: JamesL on June 25, 2010, 14:29:26
Stunning black/parchment '65 in Dulwich Park this morning

Top off, parked up. Nice retro Becker fitted. Great paintwork. Did wonder if it was a recent resto. REALLY nice car

I left a calling card on the driver seat!
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Post by: Peter van Es on June 27, 2010, 10:30:50
Dark blue Pagoda, Hilversum, crossing Gijsbrecht van Amstelstreet, saturday 26th of june 2010. Needed to use the horn otherwise he wouldn't have seen me. Are you here?

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on July 02, 2010, 12:13:56
Yesterday 2.15-2.30pm

South Circular Road, heading west at Roehampton

Black, 280. At least I guess it was a 280 with the licence plate "70 SL"

Very  nice. Made me wish I'd sucked up taking mine to work instead of sitting in traffic for 1.5 hours in a Smartcar
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Post by: Alf on July 02, 2010, 20:06:32
Do I get a prize for spotting 2 in 1 day. First at 3:30 this morning queuing up at the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal and 'Phil' roars up right behind me in a black '65 230. Paint was a bit flat but sound. He was off to Francorchamps to race Cobras over the weekend. Nice guy. Introduced him to the forum and spent a great 30 min swapping the lead on the way to Belgium.

Number 2 was at 6pm just outside Stuttgart. Exchanged waves with a very nice black or dark blue W113. Anyone here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on July 03, 2010, 02:26:11
I spotted a very nice looking, possibly signal red W113 today as it was turning off of Los Osos Valley road on it way (back) to the Mercedes Benz deal in San Luis Obisp0, California.

I was in our 2010 ML350 not our pagoda but I acknowledged the driver and received a nice friendly nod as he turned left in front of me and then passed me in the opposite direction of travel.

Very clean looking car.    Probably only the 4th pagoda I have spotted in the last 12 -16 months in my local area.

Jim
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Post by: Anfinn on July 03, 2010, 12:29:43
Yesterday I got my -71 280SL registered after almost 3 years restoration. Managed to get an old style (for Norway) registration No. L 28071.
To-day on my way to the local shopping center, (not in the SL) I ended up behind a nice 280SL with registration no. L 28069. :o

He parked not far from me, so I had a nice chat with the owner.
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Post by: JamesL on July 05, 2010, 13:58:04
summertime in London.....

White '71 heading south on Camberwell Road at about 12.30 this afternoon. Reg plate began AAA, if I recall correctly. That's three in a week!

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Post by: knockmacool on July 08, 2010, 21:47:10
James

Three in 24 hours, silver, RHD, black interior, parked (does that count?) in Kensington with a plate that started MUF last night...., today LHD 280SL turning off the Kings Rd at the fire station, ivory (?) with hardtop and   those dark green windows that indicate a life spent in warmer climes and  tonight, spotted by my daughter,  another ivory/black soft top parked on Earl's Court Road. London, 25C brings them out!


 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on July 19, 2010, 15:53:14
Yesterday in the afternoon, saw a burgundy 280 SL ? in Soho on west Broadway.  i was in my white one.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on July 19, 2010, 16:55:11
I saw two yesterday at the "Gathering of Friends All Europen Car Show" held at Laguna Lake in San Luis Obispo, Ca.  There were a total of 150 European and British cars of all makes and models in attendance.  
Of the 35 Mercedes-Benz entries, only 3 were W113 vintage.  One was an off white (possibly white grey) 230SL with blue interior, the other was a 1972 280SL light beigh with cognac interior with a for sale sign on it.  the elderly gentleman was from Morro Bay and was asking $28.5, but I think it was overpriced considering the overall condition of interior and exterior.

Oh yeah,  and the third was my 1970 280SL.  I won a 3rd place award for "Peoples Choice" in my class and I also won 2nd place in the judging of all  Mercedes-Benz entries.

Jim
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Post by: jaymanek on July 20, 2010, 20:21:46
I saw a beige one in the UK a couple of weeks ago... Ive never seen one on the road before!

For our Uk members this was just off the M1 at lutterworth and the car was smoking badly!! The driver seemed to be enjoying the ride though.
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Post by: Drewtee on July 20, 2010, 21:34:07
I saw a beige one in the UK a couple of weeks ago... Ive never seen one on the road before!

I think as soon as you get out of SW London they get more scarce ;D
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Post by: JamesL on July 21, 2010, 14:06:34
NDD 250F in white heading along Birdcage Walk about an hour ago. That would be an SW postcode....
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Post by: dean on July 23, 2010, 08:36:10
today in Los Ageles spotted on Robertson Blvd a 280 SL Auto Midnight blue with parchment Interior
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Post by: Larry & Norma on July 23, 2010, 17:21:36
Today at Netley Marsh Steam Engine show, white 280SL 'H reg'. Road tax shows Bishop's Waltham, anyone here?
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Post by: dean on July 30, 2010, 19:43:58
Saw a nice brown 280 SL today in a parking lot in Rochelle Park NJ.

Anyone here?
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Post by: KevinC on August 02, 2010, 20:15:42
Every Saturday morning at the local deli/coffee shop...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bob Killam on August 04, 2010, 15:03:22

Where I live (western Ma.) There are 4 Pagodas within A 10 mile radius All of which are white,During summertime once every week or two
.                                          Bob k
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: harleydan on August 22, 2010, 11:43:21
Yesterday, I saw a very nice 1969 280SL in black with brown interior between Rockville and Gaithersburg, Maryland, at a restaurant.  It was a US spec car in automatic with its top down.  I pulled in and talked to who I perceived was the owner.  She was a tall black slim beautiful lady wearing a nice form-fitting white dress.  As I asked her questions about the car, she confessed that it was her husband's car who had it for 25 years.  They are from the Washington DC area.  We did not talk long as she had to go some place.  I did not notice if the car had air conditioning.  I, being from Colorado with low humidity, find the summer weather in the DC area quite sticky and muggy with the high humidity where air conditioning would be most welcomed; nevertheless, the Pagoda and the woman were quite a striking combination.  Anyone from this forum to be lucky enough to have both the car and the woman?....both classic, beautiful, and timeless.

Danny
1970 280 SL Euro 4-speed
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on September 02, 2010, 16:40:23
This morning, on my way to Dublin, , north of the Cork toll on the M8, dark colored pagoda top down  followed by a 70s MB saloon going towards Cork. I think there is a MB Club UK tour of Ireland this weekend and it starts in Cork. I would ask if anyone here, but I think both drivers were women... That makes 4 I've seen in Ireland in 18months

Drew
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dtuttle123 on September 02, 2010, 17:04:17
Drew - only 4 woman in Ireland?? 8)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on September 03, 2010, 06:54:07
explains the priesthood ;).... (ooh, sorry)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on September 03, 2010, 09:22:03
Another one! A Pagoda, I mean  :D This morning, white 230SL, red interior, automatic, at a Dublin garage where I dropped SAAB for new clutch. Original Irish registered car, has been off the road for 5 yrs, in for prep prior to some Top Gear event in Dublin. Dull paint but seemed in good nick.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Asper on September 03, 2010, 11:17:19
There was an orange 230 yesterday afternoon on Mosseveien outside Oslo with the top down. First time I have seen that color. Can't be original?

Kjell
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on September 04, 2010, 16:11:24
Stunning black/parchment '65 in Dulwich Park this morning

Top off, parked up. Nice retro Becker fitted. Great paintwork. Did wonder if it was a recent resto. REALLY nice car

I left a calling card on the driver seat!

And another KYY***C in Dulwich Village just now. Dark Blue with a grey interior. Think that's another 1965 car

I left a calling card on the passenger seat
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on September 04, 2010, 19:18:52
This morning, around 11 AM, on the lakeside road from Geneva to Lausanne, near Aubonne, a silver metallic Pagoda heading in the opposite direction from me, top down (today the weather was very nice). Younger guy driving it, I noticed he had a smile on his face ...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jordan on September 04, 2010, 20:59:54
Went into Toronto today to look at a 74 280C and was to meet the owner at a small garage in the middle of the city.  Didn't end up getting the 280C but the owner of the shop had two SL's inside, one a 230SL in for a leaking master and a 280SL in for an engine rebuild.  What was especially interesting is the garage was called Ms Lube (check out www.mslube.com) which only has female mechanics.  I met the owner (Jessica) and the caricature on the web site is not far off the mark.  Good thing her shop is not down my way. ;D :-X  I gave her this web site if she is ever in need of any assistance or can perhaps provide us with some of her expertise. 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: harleydan on September 07, 2010, 12:52:21
I saw a white Pagoda on Monday/September 6th going northbound on Parker Road pass Stroh Road in Parker, Colorado.  Any body on this forum? If it is from the Parker area, then that would make five W113 in the area, including mine. 

Danny
1970 280SL silver Euro 4 speed
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on September 08, 2010, 20:59:46
I had a brief chat with this lady, she may pop in to say hello!  :)

Silver Pagoda in Knightsbridge ( London )
MUF 280SL Silver.

Kemal
280SL
manual LHD69

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on September 13, 2010, 03:39:38
last night saw what looked like grey blue 280 SL in the meat packing district of New York parked on the street.
any one here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Asper on September 13, 2010, 13:45:54
Friday afternoon at Hadeland Glassverk I spotted a white one - top down in the parking lot.
Kjell
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on September 13, 2010, 16:06:06
HGN***C smoke silver '65 230 Auto parked in.... Dulwich Village this afternoon

Hardtop on and supplementary steering lock in position. Blue interior

Seemingly there's a hotpsot in or around Dulwich. It's London's Area 51? ??? ::)


edit
Cancel that. it's an escaped Pagoda -  Iwandered down to card the car and it has a Kensington and Chelsea Residents parking permit in the screen.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Drewtee on September 13, 2010, 17:07:55



edit
Cancel that. it's an escaped Pagoda -  Iwandered down to card the car and it has a Kensington and Chelsea Residents parking permit in the screen.

 :D
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on September 16, 2010, 19:54:26
Just went to dinner here in Switzerland with a group of business acquaintances and got talking to the person opposite and explaining why I was here for the weekend W113 event.  Turned out that he owns  a '71 280SL with 5 speed that he has owned a year or so and has stored in Germany awaiting time to restore.  He was not aware of the significance of the 5 speed nor of the existence of this group.  Gave him a Pagoda SL Group card.  Future member maybe.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mbz.280sl on September 21, 2010, 16:11:11
While I was walking to my hotel on Nantucket Island on Sept. 15 I saw a a 280SL exactly the same color as mine.
It was sand beige with a brown soft top.
I was walking up Main street and saw the car crossing on a side street but I wasn't able to catch up to it and did not see it again.
It's the first time I've seen a SL exactly the same as mine.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on October 14, 2010, 23:49:49
Isn't that feeling of seeing a Pagoda out of the blue something special... I rarely miss spotting them.

This morning I drove my 230SL to work (only a few miles into town.) At a four way stop, I waited for a big truck across from me to turn left. He turned and there behind him (previous hidden), was a light blue Pagoda! (top down, older gent.) Shot him a wave as I went by, then said "who the heck is that?" 9 in the morning on a Thursday? This is a small town and I thought I was pretty up on whose who. Let's hope he finds us here -- could always use some fresh blood for our local gatherings.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: GTMSJ on October 18, 2010, 04:07:00
Spotted on Saturday 10.16.10 at about 10:30AM, driving through Stanley Park, crossing the Lion's Gate bridge in Vancouver, BC -- what looked like a cream-colored 230sl, top down -- beautiful! I was in a taxi and couldn't quite catch you in traffic.

Also spotted, a 1970-71 280 in a Tommy Hilfiger ad in the lasted edition of Esquire magazine. The car appears alongside a '72-ish BMW 2002.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on November 04, 2010, 05:27:17
Last Sunday a goup of MB club members (including myself) were asked to contribute to a local business 2011 calendar.

These are a couple of pictures taken
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on November 04, 2010, 08:37:47
Nice shots!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on November 05, 2010, 21:53:29
I agree, very nice pictures you have there!   :o

You should make a note to sumbit those for the calendar next year.  you just missed it this year.
http://pagodenkalender.de/

Jim
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hauser on November 06, 2010, 00:04:42
That first photo looks like it could have been used in a magazine ad or sales brochure.  Looks very nice! 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 114015 on November 06, 2010, 00:27:35
Bob,

Yes, I agree with Jim & Hauser,
the first picture should be submitted for the next year's calendar voting. ;D
I think it really has good chances to make the race - especially because of the symmetry or the cars and the slighlty angular presentation.
My vote for sure! ;)

Best,
Achim
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 66andBlue on November 06, 2010, 00:34:38
Unless Waqas grabs it first for publication in Pagoda Worlds! ;)

Bob, do you have a high resolution version?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hands_aus on November 07, 2010, 10:10:31
Hi guys,
waqas did contact me.
I did not take the pics but the photographer is prepared to provide high res copies and his company information for the credits.

waqas and I will in contact again.
cheers

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dwilli3038 on November 15, 2010, 02:03:25
At a car show yesterday I saw a 280 Sl that had been owned by Farrah Faucet. It has some modifications made to it. Wood Steering wheel, The paited portion of the dash covered with wood vaneer, a center console, wide wheels and fender loovers (similar to the 300SL)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dixy2k on November 24, 2010, 15:26:26
11/23/10
a white 280SL with aluminum wheels inside a gated community in Long Beach, CA off PCH.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: suzy on November 26, 2010, 00:00:25
Just saw a black one on the 10 freeway heading east.  by the time i caught up to him, he turned off at the Robertson exit.  bummer.  never saw a black one before around here.

happy thanksgiving!
Title: White Pagoda in Cyprus.
Post by: tel76 on January 01, 2011, 14:12:38
Yesterday there was a very nice LHD white 280sl parked outside the Amathus hotel in Limassol,registration number 69A.
Is the owner a member
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on January 04, 2011, 08:11:14
Saw a red US-spec 280 forcing its' way through the salt-covered snowdrifts in Copenhagen this morning and I still can't decide whether I should be horrified or respectful - after all, cars are meant to be driven...or..?

Title: Re: no Pagodas in winter?
Post by: 114015 on January 04, 2011, 20:03:40
Quote
...and I still can't decide whether I should be horrified or respectful - after all, cars are meant to be driven...or..?

Hey Ulf,
Completely impossible here in Germany either. :o
I have read that two hardtops were factory made of stainless steel. ;)
Maybe some bodies were made of stainless steel as well ...?!?   :D :D

I heard rumors that once a factory 1961 190 fintail was built made of stainless steel. It never rusted.
Daimler-Benz found out that these cars would last too long, that's why they turned back to fast-rusting steel again.
Sadly ...
 :'(
Achim
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dseretakis on January 04, 2011, 21:43:26
Saw a red US-spec 280 forcing its' way through the salt-covered snowdrifts in Copenhagen this morning and I still can't decide whether I should be horrified or respectful - after all, cars are meant to be driven...or..?



I drove my 280SL through the salt laden roads of Boston for a few years. I'm now paying the price!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 114015 on January 05, 2011, 17:38:10
Quote
I drove my 280SL through the salt laden roads of Boston for a few years. I'm now paying the price!


Too  :'( :'( :'(
I'm now paying the price that the preowners drove my 230ies through the salt laden roads of Hannover & Osnabrück, Bielefeld & Seattle.
Too bad & too stupid. :-\

Achim
 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: wd on January 06, 2011, 04:19:31
Achim,  Big controversy in Seattle about snow clearing last year, many say it cost the mayor his job.  Anyway this year was the first they started salting roads  and only if a large storm hits.  So I don't think that your car was exposed to salt in the past from Seattle travel.  Probably road trips to other areas.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on January 07, 2011, 22:21:19
FINALLY!  After a long dry spell (almost a year since our local Pagoda get-together), driving through warm and sunny Sarasota today on our way back from lunch on the Intercoastal Waterway (rub it in!).  A white (230?) hardtop passed us going the other direction on Hwy 41 at Osprey around 1 pm.  Driver was a man with shoulder-length gray hair.  Unfortunately we were incognito in the R32, so no exchange.  However, a red Panzer gave me a thumbs-up the other day...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jordan on January 28, 2011, 02:15:05
Arrived in sunny San Diego Tuesday afternoon and have already seen two, albiet very briefly.  Saw the first on Tuesday (25th) afternoon around 4:30 on Pearl Street.  It was white but could not identify if it was a 230, 250 or 280SL.  Saw the second one today in Del Mar at around 8:30 a.m. going north on Camino Del Mar at 15th Street.  It was grey, hard top on with a gentleman driving.  Anyone from here?  I'm lucky if I see one a year at home and here I've seen two in as many days.  They really love their Porsches here as well it seems.  If we had this climate at home I would have my car out almost every day.  Absolutely beautiful.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on January 30, 2011, 21:17:54
College Road in Dulwich..... G reg (1969) 280, RHD

Looked like the same colour as mine (db906) but seemed to have a green tinge to it as we passed going in opposite directions. It had either wires or bundt alloys.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on February 12, 2011, 23:36:43
Today about 3PM while driving in the village of Cambria, Ca. I crossed paths with a beautiful looking Black 280 SL (possible 230 or 250) with red interior.  The mature couple were enjoying the 68 degree warm weather with their top down and were heading north, possibly 6 miles up the California coast to Hearst Castle.

It was a treat to see, I only wish I was in my 280SL, but unfortunately I was not.

Jim


Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on February 13, 2011, 06:03:58
Have been to a car show today that is held each year at Hanging Rock just out the back gate of my place, 2500 collector vehicles, mainly US/Aust muscle cars and 10,000 visitors, a big show by Australian standards but there was two other 230 SL Pagodas there, one a member the other not.

Not many Pagodas considering a total of two and a half thousand displayed cars.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on March 03, 2011, 15:51:54
Under the shadow of the Kinsale Road flyover, the car's smoky dark blue almost blended into the tarmac, but as my eyes readjusted from the strong sunlight, there stood an exquisite LHD 280SL. Only had time to say hello and compliment the car... and find out it's a 28k mile car! Hopefully the owner will check in with us, as I would love to get another look.

Drew
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on April 30, 2011, 07:00:36
For the first time I finally spotted another Pagoda going the other direction near home at Newham on the Woodend/Lancefield Road today around 11am. White no sure what model, Vic reg no. KEB xxx

Member here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Sableco on April 30, 2011, 10:08:09
Pagodas are really a rare site here in Kuwait, however I saw a very beautiful 1970 280SL off white color with a black hard top.
and a few months ago I saw a complete but abandoned 1969 280SL. After much search I managed to find the owner and he agreed to sell it, when I went to meet him to finalize the deal and do the ownership transfer I was deeply disappointed to learn that he had changed his mind and he was going to keep the car which was sitting there for more than 10 years and still is to date.

anyhow I just managed to buy a dark red 1967 250SL that I will soon park alongside my W111 coupe.

Basem 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: cyne1 on May 02, 2011, 04:04:29
I saw about 12 - 15 pagodas at startech 2011(Blackforest). Does that count ?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: thelews on May 02, 2011, 11:53:50
I saw yours, convertible top up!  Did you enjoy your visit?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on May 02, 2011, 14:41:41
Saw a dark blue one yesterday, the owner didn't see me. Usually I see one each week, most are the same cars, but once in a while a "new" one pops up :-)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: cyne1 on May 03, 2011, 00:22:10
I saw yours, convertible top up!  Did you enjoy your visit?
I really enjoyed my visit. I felt like a kid in a candy store . It was also nice to put a face to some members of the Pagoda Brotherhood ( tuultyme , iconic , Pete lessler , the lews &  GERNOLD ). I hope to make it to the  'W113 Mecca' (Blacklick) someday .
  John- I was admiring that blue 190sl on the rack . Thumbs up........ Michael told me it was yours.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on May 18, 2011, 01:04:50
There is an impromptu gathering of car enthusiasts in Great Falls, Virginia every Saturday morning, weather permitting.  A couple of weeks ago I had a rare Saturday off and made the trip.  The variety of vehicles present was staggering, everything from a Shelby Daytona Coupe to an Isetta bubble car.  Including my 230SL, there were FOUR Pagodas present.  The others were a light blue 250SL and a silver and a dark green 280SL.  It seems to me that I might have seen the two 280s before, but I didn't see their owners, so I'm not sure.  I met the couple who own the 250SL as the event was breaking up at 9AM - they are not members of MBCA or any other club - just enjoy their car for the work of art that it is!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on May 20, 2011, 15:14:39
Zipping along in a small Italian town near Malpensa Airport last month, we passed a gas station with an big easel-type advertisement board standing at the entrance...on it was Carling, headed straight for us!   Mister Mister was going so quickly in the old 500SL, we didn't even get a chance to see what product it was advertising...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Erik on May 23, 2011, 18:58:55
Hello,

In Belgium I spot a Pagoda about 5 times a year. Mostly parked in Brussels or Antwerp. I never met the drivers but I always leave the club's business card with my cell phone nr. No luck so far and I ran out of cards.

greetings,
Erik
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on May 24, 2011, 18:19:24
 Just got back from a 1400 mile roadtrip (not in my SL) through the southwest US (Arizona,New Mexico, Colorado and Utah). Never saw one. The last SL,s that I have seen were James Huber's and Dick Mentzer's when a they drove over to my place a few weeks ago. They are as rare as hen's teeth here

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter h on May 24, 2011, 19:20:31

Hello
i see a red 230er with hardtop two times in Cape Coral FL at my vacation there in November, while i was jogging.
I hope i can speak with him next time in November.

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on May 27, 2011, 06:37:00
Spotted one in Copenhagen this morning - this one I had not seen before (there are 4-5 "regulars" in the neighborhood during summer), white 230 auto with hard top still on, looked a little tatty with faded tail light lenses, but sounded great :-)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Asper on June 03, 2011, 17:56:17
Spotted a red 250 SL in parked at Majorstuen in Oslo this afternoon. Top down. A little bit dusty.

Kjell
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: harleydan on June 06, 2011, 13:00:25
On Saturday I went to Home Depot in my 280SL.  On returning to my car, I noticed a note on my car seat that someone had wrote that he had a white '67 230SL, a question of where I have my car service, and a corresponding name and telephone number.  I called and we talked for a liitle bit and decided to meet the next day with both cars.  I called some other people in the area with the same cars to see if they wanted to meet also.  Over coffee at a local Starbucks, we meet, but only the two of us.  We talked for a while and I told him about this forum.   We decided to go for a drive but exhanging cars.  Both cars are Euro spec with a four speed.  It was the first time that I had drove another Pagoda.  My 280 SL had a recently re-done suspension with new shocks, upgraded sport and progressive springs and compensation springs, new king pins, a beefer sway bar, 15" alloy rims with sporter tires, etc.; however, I was surprised at how well the stock 230SL drove.  That makes 5 Pagodas in the local Parker/Castle Rock area, Colorado, that I know of.  Our local Pagoda club is growing.  3 are driveable and the other 2 are being worked on.

Danny
Silver 280SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: GTMSJ on June 08, 2011, 19:58:11
On Monday 6.6.11, travelling northbound on Foothill Expressway, between Main St and Arastraderdo in Los Altos, 11:45ish,  brown, with the top down...the weather was overcast and chilly. I was in my daily driver, not my SL...anybody here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: wd on June 09, 2011, 02:19:29
Quite a few in the Seattle area.  There are three within a block of me.  I have talked to the owners but to date I do not think they have joined the forum.   Just recently went down a different street at the far other end of the neighborhood.  Saw a beautiful silver 1985 300td wagon sitting in front of a house.  Drove by to take another look at the wagon a few days later and a 1957(?) 300sl and a 190sl sat in the drive. Two days later a w113 and a set of matching bmw sports cars.  Yesterday a 280se cabriolet.  They are all silver and all mint.  Not sure if he's a collector or a broker but wow, all really beautiful.  In fact the house is painted a gray silver.  He must really like silver.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on June 12, 2011, 22:57:03
 Saw a white Hardtop with Black CA plates  on Hwy 49 today just a little north of "Dry Town". I gave a couple of toots on my horn (we were in our SL) and got a wave back. Only the 2nd or 3rd Pagoda that I have seen since we moved up here 11 years ago.

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on June 13, 2011, 03:27:27
Spotted today .. white Pagoda top off Driving on Latrobe Rd near Folsom, CA... think it might have been Mr and Mrs 49er..
I was in my not so sporty Highlander.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on June 13, 2011, 15:21:33
Spotted today .. white Pagoda top off Driving on Latrobe Rd near Folsom, CA... think it might have been Mr and Mrs 49er..
I was in my not so sporty Highlander.
Hi Dick, We were on Latrobe heading west between 1:00 and 2:00pm heading down to El Dorado Hills. It must have been us. Small World for sure.

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Asper on June 14, 2011, 08:51:16
I spotted a very nice light blue with licence plate E-67250 in Oslo this morning on my way to work. The top was on in the rain.

Kjell
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on June 19, 2011, 22:24:42
Saw a white one today in Norwood NJ on county road.
Yesterday a navy one going on palisades parkway southbound.  I was driving mine northbound, I did honk.
 And Wednesday a silver one parked in the park off west side hwy & 96st.

Glad good weather is finally here to enjoy our toys.

happy father day to all fathers.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on June 30, 2011, 18:42:56
Again, (Monday and Today) saw the silver pagoda with the top down parked by the west side highway 96th street park. 
Is it anyone from the group here in NY?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on July 03, 2011, 05:00:25
Silver 280 sl on shelter island
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on July 06, 2011, 18:19:42
1.15 this afternoon approaching Rosslare Harbour, RHD white with dark hardtop, and that was after a whole week in UK where I ddn't spot a single one!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Asper on July 22, 2011, 08:39:01
I spotted a white one, top down, by Tyrifjorden yesterday afternoon on my way to Valdres in mine.

Kjell
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dseretakis on July 22, 2011, 08:51:41
We should try to photograph the cars we see and post them here. I know that it is always a bit challenging to take a spur of the moment photo.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Iconic on July 26, 2011, 17:21:51
Yesterday I spotted a white or off white with the top down on Deerfield Rd eastbound, in Deerfield, IL, USA.
No way I could take a picture. Pagodas are too fast to be captured on film,... eh I mean memory chips.
Is it anyone who is reading this?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: thelews on July 26, 2011, 17:53:21
Last night I was driving my 190 SL when I spotted what I thought looked like a Pagoda in the distance ahead of me with the top down.  I sped up, made the stoplight and caught up to the guy.  Beautiful dark blue with a creme interior, very sharp car, correct white walls.  He turned onto a road going into my relative neighborhood, and I stayed behind, ready to follow him home and find out who, what, when, where?  He then pulled over and I pulled up alongside to ask some questions, when, before I could say anything, he said, "are you John?"  A bit surprised, I asked who he was, not recognizing his name and he stated he wanted to follow me home.  I said sure.  We got to my house, he pulled in the drive and then got out and handed me a bottle of wine.  He'd driven 20 miles from the other side of town to thank me for referring him to Black Forest where he'd had upholstery and other work done on the car.  It all came together for me at that point, I'd seen the car at Black Forest several times and admired it.  Beautiful 230 in a knock out combination.  We had a fun hour in my driveway and garages swapping stories.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on July 31, 2011, 14:28:59
A first for me!! I saw a Pagoda while IN my Pagoda

B1123 between Metfield and Halesworth in Suffolk.... coming towards me a Db906 280 (HDS ****)  We waved honked and went on our divergent ways and I spent the next couple of minutes wondering if I should turn round and hare after him.

A Sunday afternoon stalk.....
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: suzy on August 05, 2011, 01:54:36
Saw 2 this past week.  One, a silver blue with a blue softtop, coming out of UCLA.  i sped up (wasn't in my Merc) and asked if he'd heard about the pagoda rally.  He wasn't very pleasant.  Bummer.  the other was my exterior color, and i saw him on Santa Monica Blvd off Roxbury in Beverly Hills while i was in my Merc, but i couldn't catch up to him!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on August 12, 2011, 21:27:46
You know, the sighting of another Pagoda is always fun -- but what gets me is how random this can be:

Example 1: This past Spring, I was down in Santa Barbara with my youngest daughters for a visit. Of course, seeing a Pagoda there is not much of a stretch, I would see several around town when I lived there. What was weird about this time was, I stepped out of my hotel at 6:30 in the morning to fetch a coffee, glanced up through some bushes and caught the fleeting glimpse of just the hardtop of a light brown Pagoda passing by. Split second. One in a bizillion chance?

Example 2: Last weekend, I was playing in a Charity Golf Tournament and on about the 6th hole I was hunting for my wayward tee-shot. That part is not a rare occasion  :o  -- but when I looked up, about 10 feet away on the other side of the fence was a (rather dusty) brown 280SL with a cream hardtop. Just struck me as pretty random sighting...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on August 12, 2011, 22:01:38
Hello James, other then the day you and Dick drove over I have only seen ONE other Pagoda in the last couple of years! That includes trips to Great Britain, the Seattle area, the San Francisco Bay area,  and the Southwest. Heading off to Europe next week for a month and I expect to see them on every street corner. We are going to meet up with Peter H (on this Forum) in Germany so I know for sure I will see at least one over there :)

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on August 16, 2011, 09:40:30
Almost tailgated a silver (180 like mine) 280 SL here in Copenhagen about an hour ago, he was a really nice guy who stopped to chat and gave me the phone number for some secret Mercedes-guru just half an hour away. Funny thing was that our cars looked almost identical with the same shade of dark red leather. This really made my day, as I'm growing steadily more unhappy with my current MB mechanic...
I'll try persuading him to become a member of this forum as he had owned his car for 11 years and seemed very knowledgeable about Pagodas.

Have a great day too!

Ulf
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on August 16, 2011, 16:43:39
Hey Ulf -- sounds like a lucky spotting. Gurus like that are hard to find (near your home that is)...

Hey 49er -- hopefully you will see more Pagodas more often from now on... even if its the same one (mine!) And I am very envious of your visit to Deutschland and Peter H. His place looks fabulous as do the surroundings. Gute Reise!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter h on August 18, 2011, 15:15:31
Hello

today i spottet a white 230sl from UK (but LHD) driving along the Mosel River from Traben-Trarbach. I pass the Pagoda and we wave our hands, then i turn left to my hometown Enkirch.
If someone else is driving along the Mosel on vacation, please give me a call www.neumuehle-enkirch.de and we meet us in our hotel for a coffee or a glass wine and a little talk about our Pagodas.

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on August 21, 2011, 22:37:01
This time a real sighting...we headed out of Breckenridge for beautiful Telluride this week, came through Gunnison.  There, parked at a commercial garage, was a late 280, signal red like Carling, but with brown interior and headrests.  Texas plates...good nick...must be a seasonal resident having some work done.  The next Pagoda I see will be Carling herself, ensconced in A/C splendor for the summer.  It will be early November before I drive again.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on September 04, 2011, 09:29:45
Silver 280 with silver hardtop just south of Gare de l'Est in Paris about 2 pm yesterday

Only caught a passing glance but for some reason I thought it looked like a US car (re-import?)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on September 04, 2011, 13:24:06
Been in Europe three weeks (St. Petersburg today) and have not seen one pagoda other then Peter's a couple of weeks ago. Did see one vintage citroen in Bamburg Germany:-)

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on September 04, 2011, 15:52:13
Saw white one w/ hard top on, on Theodore Fremd in Rye, NY
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on September 05, 2011, 01:01:36
OK, So I commented earlier on how random Pagoda sightings can be... How's this one?

So my daughter and I were looking on You-tube for an old commercial from the early 70s. Long story but I was explaining how things were when I was 12...

Anyway, I quickly came across a commercial for Hot Wheels from 1970. Clicked on it, and in the second segment, some kid (who looked a lot like me then or maybe Bobby Brady) announced that he was racing his...Mercedes 280SL! Blue one, looked like 396 G. Struck me pretty random since I was not even looking.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: RobMarks on September 06, 2011, 14:13:35
Spotted this one in ipswich rd Brisbane

Had NSW plate "6"

Curious whether its a member here

Your heart jumps at 100 yards  Haven't seen any others for many months

rob
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on September 06, 2011, 14:32:08
Spotted this one in ipswich rd Brisbane
I couldn't help but notice it seems to be carrying a handbag on its rear bumper- is that an Aussie thing :)?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on September 06, 2011, 23:07:19
Thats an Aussie thing, we have been sprung, we all have them,  now you all know about us folks down under.

It is actually a water bag I think which we use here occasionally that is made of jute/hessian and when moving the air flowing over the bag will bring the temperature of the water down. Called the Coolgardie Effect I believe. They are normally slung off the bull bar of a large four wheel drive vehicle in the outback.

This guys number plate No.6 for the State of New South Wales (NSW) is probably worth 4-5 times the car!!!! At least someone is going to take the number plate before they take the car.



Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mbz.280sl on September 10, 2011, 13:18:16
Yesterday while visiting Kennebunkport, Maine I was walking in the center of town and a grey beige 1968 280 SL drove by .
I didn't get a chance to get close to the car but about ten minutes later it drove by in the opposite direction.
I got to stop the guy and talked to him for a minute. He didn't know about the web site so I told him about it.
It was a real clean car and naturally it had the top down. He knew about SL Tech. 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on September 12, 2011, 00:01:30
New sighting !

Today I crossed paths with what appeared to be a tobacco brown 280SL with parchment interior  on Highway 1 as it passed through Morro Bay.  The top was down and the couple was enjoying the mild 70 degree temperature as they headed north up the coast of California. The vehicle looked to be in very good shape and the color combination was very striking.

Jim
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Faraizim on September 12, 2011, 17:59:48
Last week I spotted a silver later model with the top down outside of a popular italian restaurant in town it was the first 280SL i've seen here in 1 year. I've been looking desperately for a mechanic in Salt Lake City (two failed missions to the Benz dealer and an independent shop here and $1500 later). I dropped my business card in the front seat of this 280SL with a note for a mechanic referral. I got a call that night from the owner, a doctor, who suggested a guy who only does old Mercedes in an old dusty alley in the city. Long story short: i have an appointment set up tomorrow. some tasks that he will attempt to tackle:

+install head rests recently purchased.
+fix sagging driver's seat.
+fix lack of dash lights/gauge lights
+fix leaking rear axle
+get car passed emissions/engine tune
+get air vents blowing
+replace tachometer cable

and perhaps more.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on September 14, 2011, 14:30:24
Faraizim - almost the same thing happened to me (read above) a couple of weeks ago, haven't gotten around to contacting the "guru" though as I've been really busy catching up on work after the holidays. I have some of the same symptoms as you (tach cable, no dash lights, leaking rear axle or diff), so please keep me updated when you get them fixed, just to compare causes/prices :-)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: olazz on September 14, 2011, 15:12:40
Not seen a Pagoda on the road for a long time, then in the last month:

Silver 230 driving along lake front in Ascona (Switzerland) beautiful sunday afternoon
White 280 with blue soft top in Knightsbridge, in rush hour traffic.
All black 230 driving slowly up South Moulton St. A lady in her late 70's (I guess), parked and stepped out. Very classy indeed!
 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: peterm on September 19, 2011, 00:48:04
Great Neck street fair on Long Island- I'd recognize Richard M's car anywhere. Tunis beige with those euro fog lamps  I searched for him but the crowd swallowed him up. Though, I do think I saw him getting a pony ride in the kids area.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on September 23, 2011, 14:07:06
Right now there's a (light) gold metallic US-spec 280 parked right outside my window
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on October 03, 2011, 03:39:35
Wife and I are spending the weekend in Monterey, CA and today around 2:00pm I spotted  a brown Pagoda going north on HWY 156 near Castroville. Hardtop with roof rack was on.  I haven't seen many Pagodas "in the wild" so this was a real treat :)

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: olazz on October 03, 2011, 08:07:01
Driving on Saturday eveing near Essendon in Herts, turned  corner and approaching the T junction was a Gold SL, roof down. First one I've seen whilst in a Pagoda.

Slowed down to see if he did too, but he didn't.

There aren't many pagodas round these parts, so wonder if he is a forum member.


Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Asper on October 04, 2011, 08:07:05
I have not seen one for a while, but Saturday at Röa in Oslo, a silver one that had stalled and the owner trying to restart with jumper cables and a battery placed on the ground. I hope he succeded in the rain.
Kjell
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on October 05, 2011, 13:02:20
And you didn't stop to help?  :D

Ulf
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bneville on October 05, 2011, 21:01:02
I drove my 64 230SL  from Savannah, Ga. this past weekend to Charleston, S.C.  and then back. appx 240 miles rountrip and did not see any other Pagodas at all.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Asper on October 06, 2011, 08:53:06
Ulf, you make me feel bad. Of course I should have stopped, but it did not cross my mind at the time. Next time though!
Kjell
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Martijn on October 23, 2011, 13:45:26
Yesterday I saw an ivory/cream white Pagoda with the top down in Javea, Spain. It had an English license plate. Anyone from the group?
Classic cars are very rare in this area. The first time ever that I have spotted a Pagoda in this village.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Larry & Norma on October 23, 2011, 13:47:02
Might have been Rob Walker?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Martijn on October 23, 2011, 15:30:52
I think not, because I probably would have recognized him. Furthermore, this car had the round American headlights. I think Robs Pagoda has the European headlights.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: repuding on October 24, 2011, 11:44:56
Hi everyone!

I just finished my first video clip,  it's a short clip about a Mercedes 230 SL from 1964.
I hope you will like it!:)

Here's the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWpkb_xuxNA

regards!

Tamás Mészáros
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: thelews on October 24, 2011, 12:08:17
I like it.  Fair amount of work went into that!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on October 28, 2011, 03:41:39
Very nice video!

I spotted cream colored 280SL yesterday in the Village of Arroyo Grande!  This is a small community of 16,000 on the central coast of Califronia, and I am luck to spot one every year or two around here.    

I am not sure if the color is 158H white grey, 181 light beige, 670G light ivory or 717G papyrus white.  

What color do you think it is?

Jim

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on October 28, 2011, 14:26:58
Great video! Excellent work.

I spotted a green Pagoda with a cream / brown interior in the Netherlands on the N201 turning off to Kortenhoef on Sunday the 23rd of october... as I was driving my Pagoda I honked and waved... but did not recognize the owners.

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Naj on November 07, 2011, 17:18:58
Pagoda among Veterans

London to Brighton Run Sunday 6 Nov 2011

Naj
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on November 08, 2011, 19:42:16
Saw a Silver? Pagoda this morning parked in the 96th street Park by the Westside Highway.
WITH THE TOP DOWN on this fine fall day in New York!!!!!

This is not the first time I spotted this car in the same location....  Who's is it?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on December 29, 2011, 20:48:20
This morning I briefly met 'Alf' at a set of traffic lights while he was driving his beautiful Silver, Black Hard Top Pagoda towards Knightsbridge London.
Who was it that said " we never meet any Pagoda drivers we spot on the road on this website? " I guess I did...  :-\

Pleasant surprise.  :)

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on December 30, 2011, 17:58:32
Hi Kemal. It was nice to meet you too. Sorry if I was a bit fazed when we spoke. Actually I am not going on the group tour to Europe in the summer but planning my own trip to Italy. Enjoy anyway.!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on January 06, 2012, 19:48:07
I'm on a role  ;D, saw another and stopped for a brief chat in Kings Road ( London ) traffic this evening, of course passed on a Pagoda Group card. ( He seamed pleased to receive it and said he would look in!  :) )

White Pagoda with a dark hard top! ( It was dark and very busy traffic around me! )
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on February 08, 2012, 19:28:58
Today, my wife spotted a gold 280SL heading north on North Shingle Road not far from where we live. Have seen this car a couple of times since living here for the past 12 years. Pagodas are few and far between in this neck of woods.

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jasonrooney on February 10, 2012, 01:49:59
I have NEVER seen another one on the road.  Actually, the only other I've ever seen in person is Pricilla Presleys white 280 that's on display at Graceland.  I know there is at least one other from the MB Club, but there has to be at least a few more here in Las Vegas...




68 250SL
Las Vegas
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on February 10, 2012, 09:55:12
welcome Jason
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on February 10, 2012, 18:43:34
Jason, welcome and yes there has to be more -- there's just gotta.

Reminds me of a Pagoda story. Back in the 80's when I lived in Santa Barbara, I often took road trips in my 230SL, with my golf clubs in tow, trying new courses. One weekend I decided to head to Vegas. (about a 6 hr spin). Anyway, I got there no problem (I think I stopped somewhere and played a round on the way). Then I rolled into town. I didn't have a hotel yet -- my experience had always been I could just drop in and find one. Well, there was some kind of convention or something ... Not a room to be found. Nowhere. Shoot. Well, so I decided to make the best of it -- went gambling and had a nice time. Then about midnight, I spread out inside the car, and went to sleep. I think I was well-enough lubricated that it wasn't too bad! It was the Sands parking lot I recall. Next thing ya know, somebody is knocking on the window around 5 AM. Clark County's Finest. He made me get out, gave me the once over, then said "wow, nice car!" Then he said "not really supposed to sleep in your car..." He gave me directions to a local camping area and I was on my way... Actually I headed straight for some coffee and got an early start at the golf course!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on February 10, 2012, 21:34:58
Nice story ...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on February 10, 2012, 22:00:50
I agree, great story James:-) Ahh... to be young again, eh?

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jasonrooney on February 11, 2012, 05:16:03
Thanks for the welcomes!

This site is really great!  If anyone knows other Pagoda owners around Vegas please let me know...or if anyone one from Cali is heading this way...

Seems like most o the get togethers are on the East Coast.

68 Red 250SL
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on February 11, 2012, 11:04:50
Friday afternoon N7 northbound in front of the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel on the way in to Dublin. Blue, dark blue softop, LHD (?)... the exhaust note made me turn my head, otherwise would not have spotted it
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on February 22, 2012, 18:01:45
Can it really be that I saw the last pagoda and another one today? I was driving my 230SL when I got a great smile from a lady driving a white/blackhardtop 66 230SL over the railway line in Richmond. And then of course another two at Sticks! That was after 450 mile drive in the rain and a ferry crossing...
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Larry & Norma on February 28, 2012, 09:12:43
Sunday about noon a white Pagoda, we passed in Brokenhurst managed a quick wave and flashing of lights. Anyone here?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on February 28, 2012, 15:34:16
Today, at 09:00, a light blue Pagoda (31-01-BJ??) with a dark blu hardtop, on Diependaalselaan, Hilversum.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on February 28, 2012, 16:51:28
We have lived here in a rural part of California for about the past 12 years and the number of Pagodas we have seen on the roads up here you could count on one hand. Well a couple of weeks ago my wife spotted a gold 280SL while she was driving a couple of miles from our home. Since that time we have spotted the very same car TWO more times!!  Unfortunately, he was heading the opposite direction all three times. Looks to be reasonably good shape, with headrests and bumper over riders. Sound familiar to any member?

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on February 28, 2012, 22:52:31
Well, our area is similar to Johns in that other Pagodas are pretty rare. In the cooler months, I know for a fact about three owners here "hibernate" So, seeing one in February is really rare. Howwwwevvvver, a couple of weeks ago in downtown Grass Valley I spotted a really smart looking light blue 230SL with the hardtop on. A distinguished, grey-bearded gentleman of about 75 was behind the wheel. I may have seen him once before but have no idea who he is.

But the real treat was the next morning, when at about 730 in the morning as I was taking my high schooler to school, I saw approaching me, a top-down black 190SL with a young lady wearing a scarf and shades. As she whizzed by I thought -- now you don't exactly see that every day!  :o (it was clear and about 42 degrees by the way).
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jasonrooney on March 01, 2012, 04:07:01
Just saw one on TV.
It was on the show "Chasing Classic Cars" with Wayne Carini. It was a maroon 280SL...looked great.  It showed him stopped at a stop sign and people walking by making comments. Something we can all relate to.  It was cool seeing a guy who has driven, owned, and dealt with many super expensive and rare cars give a Pagoda it's due.  He seemed to really love it.

'68 250SL
Red/Auto
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dick M on March 01, 2012, 05:10:11
Last week in Palm Springs I saw a very clean white 230Sl at stop light.... owner said he purchased new...light changed and he was off.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Iconic on March 15, 2012, 22:36:44
One hour ago I spotted one, possibly Arabian Grey, with the top down. We are having wonderful weather.
I was on 94 East in Northbrook IL, USA and it was on the frontage road (Skokie Rd) going South.
I spotted it just as it was passing a Mercedes Benz dealer ... fate.
Any one here ???
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tom Colitt on March 18, 2012, 11:29:57
Wife and I are spending the weekend in Monterey, CA and today around 2:00pm I spotted  a brown Pagoda going north on HWY 156 near Castroville. Hardtop with roof rack was on.  I haven't seen many Pagodas "in the wild" so this was a real treat :)

John

Wow. If it was the factory rrof rack, that really is rare :-).... You didn't get pictures of that did you?.....
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Post by: Tom Colitt on March 18, 2012, 11:33:25
Been in Europe three weeks (St. Petersburg today) and have not seen one pagoda other then Peter's a couple of weeks ago. Did see one vintage citroen in Bamburg Germany:-)

John

John. I don't think the Leningrad dealership originally got a large allotment of Pagodas in the first place, so it makes sense that you are having a hard time spotting any :-)......
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Post by: Cees Klumper on March 18, 2012, 16:07:12
True enough, although consider that now Sweden has more Pagodas than were originally delivered there. And with the recent wealth surge in Russia, coupled with a penchant for display of that wealth through elegant unassuming vehicles (such as the Hummer line-up), and the ability to 'find' good examples just to the west, Pagodas may be more plentiful in St Petersburgh than one might expect  ;D
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Post by: 49er on March 18, 2012, 19:08:45
John. I don't think the Leningrad dealership originally got a large allotment of Pagodas in the first place, so it makes sense that you are having a hard time spotting any :-)......
We were all over Europe on that trip, including most of the Scandinavia countries. Saw lots of Maybachs, Lambos, Ferraris,  Stretched hummers, etc in St. Petersburg. Did see a really nice blue 107 in Oslo with the top off. Peter's was the only Pagoda (in Enkirch) that we saw, and a beauty it is.

And since we and the opposing brown Pagoda were both tooling along at around 60 mph, I didn't get a chance to get a photo of him over in Monterey. Need one of those dash cams that the police use:-)

John

 
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Post by: Tom Colitt on March 18, 2012, 21:15:28
We were all over Europe on that trip, including most of the Scandinavia countries. Did see a really nice blue 107 in Oslo with the top off. 

John



Hi John

Yes. That's the great thing about those Scandinavians. They love to drive around with their tops off :-)....
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Post by: dseretakis on March 20, 2012, 01:46:19
Spotted one today in Brunswick, Maine. It was a red 1970 280SL. I spoke with it's owner, a nice lady. She loves the car and loves Gernold!
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Post by: KevinC on March 21, 2012, 20:23:39
Just saw one on TV.
It was on the show "Chasing Classic Cars" with Wayne Carini. It was a maroon 280SL...looked great.  It showed him stopped at a stop sign and people walking by making comments. Something we can all relate to.  It was cool seeing a guy who has driven, owned, and dealt with many super expensive and rare cars give a Pagoda it's due.  He seemed to really love it.

'68 250SL
Red/Auto

Wayne's business ...F40 Motor Sports in Portland, CT...is about 45 miles from my home. He typically holds an Open House on a Saturday in May that attracts car enthusiasts from all around the area. He usually has a W113 or two in his inventory. I would guess these cars while not as exotic as others he works on, are a good all around solid vehicle to market.
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Post by: ctm14 on March 22, 2012, 00:14:44
I was out for a short cruise along the beach in Del Mar CA, top down sun shinning.  It was my 5 year old daughters first ride.  We passed a 280 in what looked like light beige, with the hard top on.  A lady driver who appeared to be using the pagoda as her daily transport didn't notice our wave.  Nice to see other pagoda owners on the road  :). 
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Post by: Jonny B on March 24, 2012, 03:45:21
I got back from traveling today, and was coming out of the car park by the San Diego airport (Kettner Blvd for the locals) and saw a white (guessing DB 050) with black soft top. It was just ahead of me in traffic and got on the 5 heading south. Quite a sharp and crisp car, looked quite freshly redone. Florida plates. A dandy 280 SL.
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Post by: szentesi on March 24, 2012, 16:43:07
Gloriously un-seasonably warm & sunny day in the UK, blue (F reg) 250/280SL automatic spotted with top down in Wadhurst, East Sussex. Anyone from this forum?
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Post by: JamesL on March 25, 2012, 16:11:35
Belgrave Square, silver 280 (G reg so 1968/9) with hard top on. Parked in SW corner of the square by the Spanish embassy, yesterday morning. Looked nice
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Post by: Peter van Es on March 26, 2012, 15:06:13
Light blue Pagoda in my street. Stopped the driver and chatted with him, pointed him to the site! I hope he signs up.

Peter
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Post by: Cees Klumper on March 31, 2012, 10:29:30
Couple of days ago, passed a blue metallic one heading into Geneva city on the Route de Lausanne. Looked to be in great condition. Then, only maybe twenty seconds later, I was behind a ... 190 SL! Heading onto the highway at the Chambesy intersection. Also very nice looking black shiny.
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Post by: johnnymack on March 31, 2012, 12:33:15
I was in a restaurant in Salem NH rt 28 on the border of Methuen Ma. saw a european white ? 230/ 250 sl went by in traffic only caught it driving by. It made me think I should be out driving mine!
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Post by: szentesi on April 02, 2012, 06:37:32
Sunday afternoon 13:00 in Hawkhurst, Kent, cream 280sl auto (Greg) with top down. Looked and sounded gorgeous!

Forum user?

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Post by: Kemal on April 02, 2012, 19:14:40
A blue one shot pass me ( Going the opposite way ) as I was on the to work on my Vespa through Kensington High St, London, this morning!  ???

A cream one parked up in Earls Court Road, London,  this evening on my way home!  ???

I won't ask  ;) ;D

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JPMOSE on April 02, 2012, 21:23:19
I saw a white 230SL in nice condition parked at the Sofitel - Athens, Greece this weekend.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Richard S on April 09, 2012, 04:30:59
Saw a Black or Dark Blue Pagoda convertable with the top down which had been pulled over by a State Trooper on I-405 near Bellevue, Washington (across the lake from Seattle).  Hopefully it was just a minor violation.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jonny B on April 10, 2012, 01:56:41
Perhaps the office was interested in joining the Pagoda Group.......?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jim Donati on April 27, 2012, 05:51:39
Today, I spotted a White grey, light ivory or possibly papyrus white Pagoda driving southbound on Highway 1 between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo (Calif) in the rain.  Althought it had it's hard top on, I was surprised to see it out in the light rainstorm, especially since I seldom see any pagodas  out and around on warm sunny days in this part of the state.

Jim
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on May 05, 2012, 00:49:26
Not sure if this counts or not, but my daughter saw this nice 280SL parked along the road over in St. Helena (Napa Valley) today. Any member recognize their car?

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on May 12, 2012, 19:20:25
This morning in Knightsbridge I passed a Silver Pagoda while riding my Vespa, I then did a u turn and met the gentleman the car belongs to... Yes I gave all our details, he promises to pop in and take a look !  :)

We will wait and see  ;)
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: peterm on May 21, 2012, 01:35:22
Out in Sag Harbor and North Haven on Long Island today- one was a 250sl parking near bagel buoys,  the other driving up towards the shelter island ferry-

many other fabulous cars to be seen as well a stunning silver 190, ac cobra, sls in matte grey with painted wheels, that new ferrari "?shooting brake" and several astons-  i must say they have a great exhaust note
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Iconic on May 23, 2012, 17:29:00
A light ivory or maybe light beige on Deerpath road last night heading East, towards Lake Michican in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA.
Beautiful car.
Anyone here reading this?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on May 24, 2012, 18:21:49
Silver 280 SL pre-70, no headrests...cited centre of Vaduz, Liechtenstein...top down, silver haired male driver.  As we were driving the company land yacht, no eye contact was made...lol.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bonnyboy on May 24, 2012, 20:43:03
Couple weeks ago when I got towed home by the Automobile Association here in Vancouver BC, Canada,  the driver said that he had just towed a beautiful silver Pagoda out of West Vancouver for an apparent fuel delivery problem.  The driver had no problem saying how much nicer the silver car was as compared to mine so it must have been wonderful.   Anyone on the list? 

The driver was pretty cool - he said that he could tell how close he was getting to my car with his boom just by watching the expression on my face.   

Ian in North Vancouver
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: gerster on May 26, 2012, 18:46:03
Yesterday spot this one as a weddingcar.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on May 31, 2012, 02:08:11
Two this past weekend...an ivory (like mine) car at the Mobil station on Shelter Island in NY....claims to be the oldest Mobil in the U.S....and a blue car with a license plate reading "REBAIT" near the Connecticut shoreline. Both tops down as the weather in the Northeast was spectacular.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mbz.280sl on June 15, 2012, 15:28:59
On a beautiful late spring day here on Cape Cod I saw a 280 SL in South Yarmouth, driving north on Station Ave. heading to Route 6.
It was light blue with the hardtop on and with whitewall tires. It looked and sounded good.
It had a license plate of LEAH.
Anybody know this car and owner?
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dseretakis on June 27, 2012, 02:56:15
I saw one in Georgetown, DC three days ago. It had the top down but had a car cover over the whole thing so I couldn't tell you the color.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ctm14 on June 27, 2012, 05:03:29
Passed what looked like a light blue 280 this Sunday morning. We were headed opposite directions along the lagoon near DelMar CA and shared a wave. I was in my euro; was it anyone here?

Chris
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bsimaz on June 28, 2012, 11:59:47
This past Tuesday in a parking garage in Grand Rapids,   A nice 280sl automatic.

Pearl white with a maroon interior.  I left a card on the windshield for our site.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on July 01, 2012, 13:14:50
Beautiful warm Sat'day we drove into the gorgeous Montafon on the way to the amazing switchbacks of the Silvretta.  Ahead of us a warm-silver topless 280 blue leather turned up towards Bartolomaeberg, probably to wind up its fun road to the Baroque church.  On the way down from the Silvretta today we met an opposing (and imposing) array of oldsters, including 4 Pagodas of all colours, including a silver/red 280, an etype or two, and several other lovely examples.  Prolly getting ready for the Classic next week...  unfortunately we encountered weather down the valley that will ruin their Sunday up there.  They should have come a day earlier. 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on July 01, 2012, 13:23:54
Oh, and the one I DON'T want to see...the early-VIN perfectly original ivory 230 belonging to our friend Lutz.  His garage-boy decided to back his ricecooker into the garage, smashing into the rear of Lutz's Pagoda, destroying his all-red rear lights, crumpling one fender, demolishing one back bumper, body damage, etc.  YOU'RE FIRED!!!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on July 17, 2012, 14:53:52
 We were up in Seattle this past weekend for our son's wedding and spotted a Pagoda traveling east on NE 85 St. just east of the 405 freeway in Kirkland around 1:00pm. A few sprinkles in the area but the owners were enjoying a topdown drive.

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on July 19, 2012, 04:46:52
 My daughter is on a roll. She spotted this 280SL up in Nevada City tonight. Perhaps it belongs to Dick M?

John

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on July 19, 2012, 04:55:55
Actually John, it belongs to that lady behind it with a flowery shirt! Her name is Kathy, a merchant and active member of the Nevada City crowd. Very nice and her car is a nice 250SL. 4-speed that once was an automatic... Ironically, I used to spot that very car 20 some years ago tootling around Santa Barbara when my car and I lived down there. I hope your daughter enjoyed her visit.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on July 19, 2012, 19:16:47
thanks James for clearing that up as to the correct owner is. Is she a member of our Forum? Our daughter had a great time up in NV city. lots of folks and a beautiful evening. Getting back to normal here after our son's wedding this past weekend and might get a ride in the SL this weekend.

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: J. Huber on July 20, 2012, 17:15:39
Hey 49er. I can't say for sure whether Kathy has ever signed up -- I know she knows about us. Dick, she, and I have gathered for drives and lunch. I have spoken to her husband about the site as well. Nice folks.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jonny B on July 22, 2012, 17:52:49
In Vista Ca yesterday afternoon about 1:20 PM, sitting on the patio at Mother Earth Brewing, a very nice brown Pagoda with hardtop drove by. Had never seen this one before. Anyone here??
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Gary Crutchley on July 23, 2012, 22:16:20
On the Chandler Highway (Melbourne Victoria Australia) on Sunday early evening.  I was in my light ivory 230SL waiting in traffic (there was a random breath and drug test bus up ahead) with the roof off enjoying a quick blast down the freeway and around the Boulevard.  My son spotted another light ivory ???SL heading the other direction with the hardtop on.  I’ve never seen it before.  Anyway we enjoyed our quick blast driving around the Boulvard with the city lights in the distance and even though it was chilly there is sufficient heat from the heater to keep warm.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Atazman on August 12, 2012, 03:16:19
I saw someone's red 250 SL sitting in Carmel, Ca today.  It had Texas license plates, but also a badge on the front indicating a local owner.  Whomever ownes this car..... we applaud you!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on August 23, 2012, 21:47:43
Half an hour ago, rolled onto the Harwich/Hook of Holland ferry and another 280SL parked up next to me. And if that isn't amazing enough, we're both driving to 's-Hertogenbosch when we dock to pick up the auto slaap train to Livorno and then driving through Tuscany. Rubber duck! I feel a bit if a pagoda convoy coming on.
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bonnyboy on August 23, 2012, 23:00:02
I see one approx. once every week during the summer here in Vancouver.  Saw a beautiful White 250SL in Ladner on the weekend at the Pet Store parking lot - Couldn't find much to fault on it - gorgeous machine.

Ian 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on September 04, 2012, 18:35:38
I saw five pagodas this past Sunday at the Lime Rock Park Historic race car weekend in Connecticut including the green 230 and silver 280  in the attached pictures. Do these belong to anyone here?

Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on September 04, 2012, 22:05:42
 Interesting Steering wheel on the silver 280SL

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on September 05, 2012, 00:22:07
Agree. Its amazing considering how 'correct' the rest of the car was!
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on September 05, 2012, 16:12:39
Also, when looking at the other (green) one, at least as far as the front part is concerned, the headlights are US style, while bumpers and the absence of side lamps point out to European style. So maybe it is in between turning way one or the other? :D
Telling from hubcaps, it is probably 230 or 250...
Stan
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on September 05, 2012, 18:48:38
Stan,
 You mentioned "European Bumpers" in another post as well. The Bumpers on my 280SL look exactly like the Green SL's. The rear view mirror indicates it is either a 230 or 250 so no side marker reflectors/lights would be correct.

John
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on September 05, 2012, 21:00:00
I had mentioned "green 230" in the initial post. What may be throwing you off is I believe that they added the head rests which at first glance make one believe its a later car.

Just to clarify, US 230SL's had no side markers (mine for instance). And by bumpers being different, do you mean the vertical "bumpettes" or "overriders"...you dont typically see these on US 230's either. I believe that they were an option on 280's here but could be mistaken. 
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on September 10, 2012, 08:47:52
Yesterday (Sunday 10th of September), at 15:30 spotted a white Pagoda with Hella driving lamps including the rare Hella plastic covers parked in Bussum (Landstraat). Registration starts DH... Did not have time to take a picture,  was late for my field hockey match.

Looked in good shape... Are you here?

Peter
Title: Re: Poll - how often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ludo21 on September 21, 2012, 10:35:26
Among acres of classic cars at the Goodwood Revival last weekend I saw about a dozen pagodas... mine was parked next to another Pagoda, just by coincidence, with a DB6 convertible on the other side and a Ferrari 250 GTO (replica I assume!... must be very annoying to own an original as everyone must assume it is a replica!) next along the line. The number and variety of classics at the Revival is amazing and the car park is well worth a trip in it's own right.

A few years ago at the Revival I saw Derek Bell (the former Le Mans racing legend) get into his Pagoda at the end of the days racing and drive off with his wife and young son. It was a very light blue one if I remember correctly.

I know David Coultard has (had?) a Pagoda and that Stirling Moss has also had one at one time.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: peterm on September 24, 2012, 12:13:16
My derek bell story-  was a participant in an amg school at pocono raceway and one of our instructirs was derek.  He came over to our autox session and did a run in a cl63 never having sen or run the course before.  Of course he blew everyone away on his first run.  Run two filled with confidence now knowing the course he took off screaming at a rapid pace blew through cones which were flying all overspun and eventually he returned to the finish line with a smoking cone stuck in the right front wheel well. 

Ive done this program several times - tommy kendall was perhaps the most entertaining professional we had.  They all speak at lunch and eerily they all talk about their accident.  Seems professional drivers have had one memorable road racing experience that often results in orthopedic consequence
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on October 05, 2012, 18:11:57
Just back from a vacation in Hawaii and as we were driving down Kalakaua Ave near Waikiki beach this past Wednesday (in our rented Mustang Convertible, power tops are sure nice:-) we spotted this beautiful  '71 280 SL. The owner was in a hurry and didn't have time to chat but said there were a few pagodas on Oahu and that a couple had been restored by a shop in Japan! Then about 20 minutes later we saw another 280SL, gold in color, pulling into a shopping center over at Hawaii Kai. Two Pagodas in 20 minutes! A new record for us.

Aloha

John
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on October 09, 2012, 08:35:57
Saturday we participated in the Jochpass regularity with the GT40.  There were two 280SLs, both 1968 I believe, both blue, but slightly different shades.  One did very well, coming in at .72 to win 4th place.  See official pix at jochpass.com.  Select Fotos + Specials at left.  We'll get a whole bunch of our own too.  If I can figure out how to size them, I'll post them on Events.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Dash808 on October 10, 2012, 01:47:24
Just back from a vacation in Hawaii and as we were driving down Kalakaua Ave near Waikiki beach this past Wednesday (in our rented Mustang Convertible, power tops are sure nice:-) we spotted this beautiful  '71 280 SL. The owner was in a hurry and didn't have time to chat but said there were a few pagodas on Oahu and that a couple had been restored by a shop in Japan! Then about 20 minutes later we saw another 280SL, gold in color, pulling into a shopping center over at Hawaii Kai. Two Pagodas in 20 minutes! A new record for us.

Aloha

John


You're luckier than me and I live here!  I haven't had a sighting in over a year whereas I used to spot one every few months.... I'm way over due!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on October 16, 2012, 17:35:43
As promised, you can see one racing up the Jochpass in the video I posted on Events. 
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Oisin on October 21, 2012, 13:45:27
Saw a nice looking white one, topless (a rare sunny day in N. Ireland) at the top of the Mall in Armagh.  It had southern plates so assume it was a from one of the border counties.  I would love to have talked to the guy as this was the first I have seen in the North in 5 years (on the road that is).
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jordan on November 05, 2012, 00:22:47
Spotted a nice looking white one heading north through Stinson Beach, CA around 3:30 this afternoon.  Was so startled to see a Pagoda I didn't have time to see if it was a 230, 250 or 280.  Had the hard top on and sounded really good.  Anyone here?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on November 05, 2012, 01:21:31
Wish it was mine. That is a beautiful part of our state.

John
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Erik on November 06, 2012, 19:47:11
  In July 2011 while touring Sweden I spotted this nice 280SL in Kattvik, a small fishing port on the west coast.
It’s has the US bumpers and headlights but the sealed beams were replaced by more powerful  H4’s.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Erik on November 06, 2012, 19:56:37
And in Vianden (Luxembourg) I encountered this German registered euro specs 280 SL.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Lars G on November 06, 2012, 22:58:23
I saw this one a month ago in Malmö, Sweden. It’s not often you spot a Pagoda over here, usually only on car shows during summer time.
This was probably the last one this year!

Lars
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on November 12, 2012, 20:11:35
250 auto in what looked like smoke silver today in Dulwich south London

Parked outside "the Dog" as it's known locally (The Crown and Greyhound pub) with it's hardtop on

I placed a card under the wiper. Question is, did the owner return before the rain got to it or not...?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Benz Dr. on November 12, 2012, 23:52:20
I'm not sure if I'm lucky or not. :-\ I look at the same two cars every day and once in a while I even ask them when they plan to go home. Then I remember that I have to finish working on them and then everything goes back to normal.

 
   So I see three every day, if I include my own..........
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on November 13, 2012, 13:32:00
Rumours of your largesse are clearly not exaggerated. I'd have thought a prerequisite for departure would also be payment... ;D
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Benz Dr. on November 13, 2012, 16:10:24
If you want to dance, you have to pay my band.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: w113dude on November 13, 2012, 17:29:20
If you want to dance, you have to pay my band.

I love it, a great shop owner line :D
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on November 13, 2012, 18:48:36
I just spotted one red 280 model in Warsaw (Poland).

Looks as if the car underwent a rathe unprofessional restoration that at times was rather cheap. It has a modern radio, non original upholstery, etc, and obviously.... No marks on the body by the headlamps... :)
Interestingly, the car has registration numbers that are just one digit away from mines. So the owner must live close, but never saw his car around except for that occasion.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: knockmacool on December 20, 2012, 16:19:05
Kildare St, Dublin on my way to a meeting. The exhaust note came up from behind, then a smokey blue w/ soft-top . Good to see one on a wet December morning. Meeting went well too.
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Ulf on February 03, 2013, 14:34:04
Just spotted a white (possibly light beige) Pagoda in Bangkok a couple of days ago with hard top on, looked great and majestic amongst the bangers, pick-ups and tuc-tucs, was it anyone active in here?

Ulf
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on March 10, 2013, 19:47:55
This afternoon, around 16:45, making its way from the Geneva 'rive gauche' to the 'rive droite' (or the other way around, I always get that mixed up) in very heavy traffic on the Quai du Mont Blanc, a very nice light metallic blue Pagoda, I believe with the hard top on (I was speeding by with my son on the scooter to drop him off for a laser game birthday party). After I returned from the place I saw it again, just having made its way across the bridge.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: simonarn on March 11, 2013, 11:22:16
that would be rive droite Cees ;D, the rive droite is the right hand side leading to the rhone river, and visa versa for the other.
Title: Whose White and Blue Pagoda in Hollywood?
Post by: Tom Colitt on March 18, 2013, 20:45:49
I passed a White Pagoda with a blue soft top today on Outpost and we both waved. Does anyone know the owner? It always amazes me how many of these drive around that are not somehow connected to this site or that I haven't seen in my shop.

Tom Colitt
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bonnyboy on March 19, 2013, 06:03:21
Saw a blue and blue pagoda on Kalakaua Ave this evening in Waikiki.  I was people watching and the car drove by around 6:00 pm.  What a good looking car.  By far the best llooking car I saw all evening.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on March 19, 2013, 08:47:25
Saw 57 Pagodas of various colors and years on Sunday and to my delight they all came and parked where I was parked.

Got to get some miles out of it :D :D :D
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Brian in DC on March 19, 2013, 18:12:45
I am surprised how few Pagodas I see here in Europe ... both in the Netherlands (here in The Hague) where I live now, and during my previous 5 years in Finland.

I think I only saw 2 in Finland and one I've seen here locally in the spring and summer. Now that mine is here, I'm sure to run into him sooner or later!  I saw them with much more frequency when I lived in the states (Michigan, Oregon and California).  I know in the later years of production, the 280s sold especially well in the U.S.  And judging from all the worn-out ones I saw being imported to NL when I picked up my car at the storage depot, the states are the major source for restoration projects here!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tom Colitt on March 20, 2013, 20:00:40
Hah. Garry that was funny. Glad to hear that your Pagoda meet went well...

On a separate matter. I know that the powers that be rarely listen to the people (and definitely not to me ;-), but I have noticed that my post in search of another Pagoda member was removed and rolled up into this post. While this is  an entertaining thread, maybe it would help the editors to know that I wouldn't have ever guessed what this post was about from the heading ( I thought it was a poll about who has spotted the most Pagodas or something similar).
Even now (after more than a year since this thread started?) , I would never make it past the first page of posts (I'm not retired just yet) and so I would be highly unlikely to ever be able to respond to someone who happened to spot me somewhere on the road and was trying to connect, via the best and most likely Pagoda meeting site on the globe. Especially, new or casual Pagoda drivers who happened to search the internet or this site and might have stumbled upon my original post titled (Who was just driving a White Pagoda in Hollywood?), would be very unlikely to stop and scroll through this thread. (just my humble opinion)...
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on March 20, 2013, 20:21:01
Tom,

Maybe what it needs is just a plain "Pagoda Spotting" thread on its own?

I have seen that on other car forums like the Kombi one.

Garry
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tom Colitt on March 20, 2013, 22:50:03
Sure Garry

I kind of thought that is exactly what I did when I started a new thread in the general discussion section that said I spotted a Pagoda on a street in Hollywood... :o
Maybe you have more clout with the Ministry of Truth because most of my threads get removed to a section where I would never look for them :-) ....
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter van Es on March 21, 2013, 09:08:32
Tom,

here are some handy pointers on how to find your posts again, and keep up with the site efficiently...

http://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?topic=18112.msg126371#msg126371

Peter
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tom Colitt on March 21, 2013, 17:44:07
Thanks Peter

I appreciate you trying to look out for us. I had already adopted most of these pointers you suggest, but you'll agree that they don't address the issue I posted below. I still think there are people (like me), who don't even have the time to read most of the posts since their last visit, but instead maybe two or three threads when we make a visit to the site, which we select by the title that sounds interesting to us. Don't forget, there are billions of sites on the web and if I visit three of my favorites every day, plus 30 of the ones that I have to for my business and everyday life, then I am up to about 6 hours a day (it's true!). Now, I can cut out time spent to take in meals and for sleep (which I do), but in the end the one site where I would like to spend most of my time (to help and to receive benefits from the many helpful people here), seems to get maybe 1/2 h to 1h a month.

I imagine someone who has maybe never visited the site before and who, on a hunch, comes to take a glance after they passed someone, also in a Pagoda, in the Hollywood Hills, might be curious enough to see if there is a forum on the web, where Pagoda owners exchange their thoughts. They might glance at the first page of posts that greet them in the general discussion section. They may or (or, as of now) may not find a post titled: " I just saw a guy in a White Pagoda in Hollywood" and then they might have to move on. I could be completely wrong about my assessment of human behavior and I'm sure you all have much more experience in what does and doesn't work in a site. I guess, this post will probably also have to be removed in order to keep up the proper protocol ;-)

Please take my sometimes tongue-in-cheek remarks only a constructive food for thought. I'm just one user, although I have been there, watched, participated and enjoyed the sharing since the beginning and even before on the old yahoo groups forum. One more thing (this is just an observation, not a dig :-) : I don't think I've participated on a forum in which more of my posts get moved than here. Maybe it's because I don't know how to follow the rules very well ;-)...

Best Regards, Tom Colitt
Title: Re: Pagoda Spotting
Post by: Tom Colitt on March 22, 2013, 15:15:37
Hah! Wow! What a nice surprise. It's good to see that input from the people is considered and I think you made a sensible minor change. Also, keeping the thread in the general discussions tab is, I think, a good idea, instead of moving it so far down the ladder that it gets "beyond reach"... Thank you, Garry, Cees, Peter....

Although, Pagoda Spotting could also be confused with the unfortunate practice of painting Black spots on Pagodas so that they resemble Jaguars. A very nasty and humiliating trick to a Mercedes...
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on April 04, 2013, 04:44:38
Tonight, while standing outside a restaurant here in the Florida Keys, a very nice looking light blue 280 pulls up, top-down, nice engine rumble. We chatted with the owner, he actually visits the forums from time to time. He said he never sees another Pagoda here, and I've not seen one before. It was very nice to 'run into' another Pagoda this way.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: johnnymack on April 07, 2013, 13:08:14
Last year and last week I spotted an older gentleman driving around Salem NH area in a white 230-250-or early 280 (dog dish hubcaps ) w/ black top . Last year it was on rt 28 going north by the Mass NH border, last week it was on rt 111 going west at exit 3 , rt 93.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on April 07, 2013, 16:57:29
Went to MB world at Brooklands today to check out the new E Class Estate and saw these 2 white beauties on display. A 230 and a 280 back to back
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on April 07, 2013, 16:58:38
Tried to add this to last post but failed. Anyway here it is
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: franjo_66 on April 08, 2013, 23:44:26
Spotted a lovely burgundy 280SL this morning on the way to work, parked in an open car-park...........hard top off, soft-top down, and rain pouring down........poor girl, should be reported for owner abuse !
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on April 09, 2013, 13:16:09
yesterday I noticed a bright red 280SL with soft top sleeping on a parking spot two levels below the ground. Several inaccuracies vs original (upholstery, vipers, etc.) but a pleasant view nevertheless.

Interestingly enough, she was accompanies on adjacent spots by a Jag e-type (metallic blue), a Triumph and a russian ZIL, evidently a former government car (longer version with 2 central folded seats).  


BTW Franjo

I would except from you that at least you cover the nudity of abused victim with your coat or even your body…  
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: franjo_66 on April 09, 2013, 22:19:23
Stan, from now on I will carry a roll of plastic sheeting with me......you never know !
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tom Colitt on April 11, 2013, 20:17:00
yesterday I noticed a bright red 280SL with soft top sleeping on a parking spot two levels below the ground. Several inaccuracies vs original (upholstery, vipers, etc.) but a pleasant view nevertheless.

Interestingly enough, she was accompanies on adjacent spots by a Jag e-type (metallic blue), a Triumph and a russian ZIL, evidently a former government car (longer version with 2 central folded seats).  


BTW Franjo

I would except from you that at least you cover the nudity of abused victim with your coat or even your body…  
You're right Stan. Pagodas never came stock with vipers or any other type of theft prevention device or guard dog, for that matter..... ;-) (Ask me how I know...)
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bjudd on April 15, 2013, 05:49:29

I spotted a bright red pagoda in Montclair (Oakland hills) this afternoon.  Both of us had tops down on a beautiful afternoon. 
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Nate on April 17, 2013, 20:20:43
I was driving behind "68 Bella" (White on Black with child seat facing forward in the passenger seat) this morning coming up Fillmore Street in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of SF.  First sighting of her for me.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Lars G on April 19, 2013, 07:10:18
I saw the first Pagoda this year, now this morning. The spring has arrived! The Pagoda was driving to the area called western harbor in Malmö. The car was white with black hardtop and looked really nice! Two minutes later I saw a black SLS roadster with top down, leaving the town. A nice car spotting morning!
Lars
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on May 01, 2013, 19:55:06
This morning, as I was sitting in a meeting with about 40 other people, saw a white Pagoda being trailered, on the road by the airport here in Geneva. Hardtop on.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rodolfo on May 05, 2013, 05:23:25
yesterday , May 4th, I saw a bordeaux pagode standing still  near the parc of Brasschaat, Belgium. There was an oldtimer event. I was driving my silver 230 sl open. We horned to each other.
Anyone from this forum?

Rudy
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: bdbstr on May 12, 2013, 00:33:36
I am trying to locate a Pagoda in california or nevada.  Any out there??????????????
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on May 12, 2013, 22:09:28
Cees,

this is even more rare here in Poland, but I was very pleased to see yesterday about 11 Pagodas at the AutoNostalgia exhibition in Warsaw. Seven gathered as the Polish Chapter of the Pagoda Sl Group, but two more were parked outside the exhibition hall. Two additional ones were displayed inside.

then, the next day I saw two Pagodas going back home from the exhibition in normal traffic.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mdsalemi on May 16, 2013, 15:04:39
I am trying to locate a Pagoda in california or nevada.  Any out there??????????????

There are plenty of Pagodas in California.  You need to be more specific as to location and I'm someone will speak up. I know of plenty; San Diego; LA; Bay Area.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 250SLFranco on May 16, 2013, 19:27:51
I have owned a 1967 250SL in Portland, Oregon since 1975 and I rarely spot another 250SL.  On a recent weekend on an outing to Home Depot I had to stop in my tracks.  I spoted a 230SL that looked like the clone of my car!  Creme colored, brown tex interior, automatic and in great shape!  I waited for the owner to talk with him about our Pagodas....his response was "so you are the other guy that has a car like mine, I just bought this one and I keep hearing about another one that looks like mine".  Fun experience. :)
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on May 16, 2013, 20:49:54
Beautiful slate / grey 280sl
St Stephens Church ... London W2

I introduced myself to the gentleman and handed him a W113 Pagoda Card. :)
Got back on my Vespa and drove off.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on May 16, 2013, 21:29:14
You've done that quite a few times Kemal. You're like a pagoda secret agent.  :)
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on May 16, 2013, 22:03:49
You've done that quite a few times Kemal. You're like a pagoda secret agent.  :)

 :D :D :D. I feel proud to stop and say hello so as to share this site of the Pagoda Group with its knowledge & wisdom, but then we don't hear of them looking in, do we ?
Maybe they think I'm a Pagoda Stalker  :o.    ;D
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on May 17, 2013, 05:54:52
Alf, It might be because his journies take him through the richer end of London with very slow traffic ;D
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on May 17, 2013, 06:09:58
Quote
It might be because his journies take him through the richer end of London
That would make Kemal the SLoan ranger  :D
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on May 17, 2013, 06:19:27
Damn! Should of course be SLoane with an 'e' or the pun doesn't work
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on May 19, 2013, 12:25:10
You couldn't call this an "event" but not really "spotting" either. Six owners from western Massachusetts (also bordering Connecticut towns) got together for "Cars and Coffee" yesterday morning...
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: UJJ on May 20, 2013, 14:37:13
Yes Kevin that was great!
What did you calculate? We were 0.014% of all W113 imported to the US? Not bad, not bad. Let’s do it more often, I’m ready!
BTW this was the first time for me to meet other local Pagoda friends, and it was made possible by the W113 Pagoda Group forum! :)
Thanks, Urban
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on May 20, 2013, 21:38:51
You bet Urban. And to think we're with in a 30 mile radius of each other!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: gerster on June 04, 2013, 08:39:02
That's really a nice meet.

A friend of mine spotted a Pagode near Livermore (CA), someone from this Forum maybe?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Artur on June 11, 2013, 15:44:04
Hi,

Pagoda in Helsinki - last friday. Take a look at registration plate... :)

Artur
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Brian in DC on June 11, 2013, 16:07:24
Nice! And in my old stomping grounds near Stockmann's!  I want that plate!!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on June 11, 2013, 18:56:06
Also last Friday I participated in a friend;s birthday party near Warsaw. And the car parked just right by the entrance was not nothing else but a Pagoda 280SL. Unfortunately it was to dark to take a photo with my phone, but a closer look revealed that it had important modifications: different upholstery (most likely taken from other MB), electric windows and a modern radio. Despite being far from original, it was a very pleasant surprise.   
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on June 11, 2013, 21:15:37
Flyair... You need a better phone
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on June 12, 2013, 05:23:10
Flyair... You need a better phone

sure I do, any suggestions? ;D
but seriously: eventually I hope to add a pic of this car as I plan to meet her owner and invite him to join our Polish SL Pagoda local bunch  :)
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 280sl1968 on June 27, 2013, 17:47:25
1969 LHD 280SL in white passed me on the Strand in London this morning. A nice morning for driving in the city with the top down.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on June 30, 2013, 22:11:56
Whizzed past a shiny red pagoda on the A245, just off the A3. It was turning right and I gave a friendly toot as i passed. Anyone here?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bonanza on July 27, 2013, 03:27:58
I have a 1966 230SL. Red with black hard top and soft top.I live in Vancouver BC and a member of the local MBCA.We have four members who own Pagodas. On our annual german sports car festival we usually see about 8 Pagodas. There are probably five others that I see on a regular basis in the summer.Most are in very good condition.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on July 28, 2013, 11:15:42
This weekend we escaped the searing heat by driving up the Silbertal to Bieler Höhe...and this is what we saw.  It looked like Carling, except it had Dornbirn plates, light interior, and the doors had lots of dings.

Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Salvatore Fanale on August 01, 2013, 20:50:55
I am trying to locate a Pagoda in california or nevada.  Any out there??????????????

I'm in san diego!  Try and go out driving everyday when I get home from work, but up in northern San diego, carlsbad area.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Jonny B on August 01, 2013, 23:49:39
Oh yes, there are plenty of 113's here in San Diego (I am in San Marcos). Keep your eyes peeled, preliminary planning for an August event at Green Flash. ctm14 is doing the deal on this one. Will also have a Dutch member in attendance.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Salvatore Fanale on August 02, 2013, 01:07:08
Yes I saw a nice cream white one in Del mar yesterday on my way home from work.  Green Flash sounds great, I have been hoping to meet up with some other 280s in SD so I can start educating myself and picking your brains
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Tobacco on August 22, 2013, 19:57:58

Chicago, Tuesday morning, August 20, medium blue Pagoda, top down, gentleman in white shirt, SE bound on Milwaukee Ave, crossing Chicago Ave about 7:50 a.m.  Wasn't close enough to distinguish the model, license plate or condition.  Pleasant morning drive to work. 
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on August 25, 2013, 20:37:20
Yesterday at breakfast in Western Mass....
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: jaman on September 23, 2013, 20:01:08
Two ladies pulled up at light looked over smiled and asked "are you married" i said yes and light changed
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on October 06, 2013, 11:45:52
Yesterday afternoon saw a green? pagoda with the top down on county road in Tenafly, NJ .
Female driver and passenger.  I was going in the opposite direction in my regular car, and the only thing I was able to do is honk...:(
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Singer on October 12, 2013, 01:47:52
I just brought 230SL over from Maui, and now there's nobody here that understand what this car is!  Here, they think it's a car they need to around on the road!  If there's anyone in Minneapolis with old MB SL interests, I'd like to buy them a coffee! 
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: pj on October 12, 2013, 02:24:02
You had a 230SL on Maui? Cool!  8)
So were you the only one? It's not that big an island. . .
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Singer on October 12, 2013, 02:38:26
I was told "it's the nicest car on Maui."  I saw a green Pagoda, a newer red with chrome fenders, and an older white Pagoda.  Mine is a '65 black Pagoda with parchment interior, black rag top.  It was fun to drive over there as there's basically only one road and you get to see everybody!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on October 13, 2013, 14:47:49
While checking out some W113 cars and sites on the web, I came across this ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr-jF4uUBQQ

Pleasant surprise, it's my 280SL

These young guys are always hanging around Knightsbridge when the super cars are flown in from the Gulf States and they risk life and limb to get the picture they went.

Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rodolfo on October 13, 2013, 16:03:31
nice car, Kemal
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Kemal on October 13, 2013, 18:10:21
nice car, Kemal


Thank you, Rodolfo
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on October 14, 2013, 21:52:50
Beautiful!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on October 14, 2013, 21:57:15
Last Saturday at dusk at Urban Janssen's house. He replaced the wheel bearing on the red car and brake pads and hoses on the ivory one (he's the only one of us with a lift in his garage!). We wouldn't have known we were less than 60 minutes from each other save for the 113 forum!

Nice to have a new friend!
 
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on October 15, 2013, 00:42:03
Kevin, goes to show you how important this (our) forum is and the fee for membership is nothing at all compared to friendships to be made and tips we get from one another that saves us a bundle of change.

I spotted another Pagoda in my driveway today Peter (member pj) and his wife dropped by for coffee/tea and a nice chat after they took a nice Thanksgiving drive. Yes indeed new friendships to be made.

Edit ... added photos ... also added my Sticker today ... I wonder if it counts for spotting another Pagoda  ;D
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on October 15, 2013, 15:20:55
R-D,

Well said. Also, too... what also comes in to play is that some have more expertise, knowledge in some areas than others. I am sorry to say that I am personally not at all mechanically inclined and often have to rely on mechanical shops to perform services for me. In this case, I traded Urban a set of used dash wood trim for his changing of my rear wheel bearing.

Both came away VERY happy (and full...Urban cooked, too!)

Kevin
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on October 15, 2013, 18:38:47
one seen last Saturday late aftrenoon in Warsaw
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: szentesi on October 16, 2013, 11:03:41
Silver 280SL Automatic spotted on Great Guildford Street, Southwark (London) at a workshop. This garage is down the road from my flat, is this car anyone's here?

Interestingly, this car's registration number indicates that it is an August 1970 to July 1971, and should have silver on black (historic) plates but is fitted with modern black on yellow (rear)/white (front) plates.

Charles

Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on October 16, 2013, 12:37:36
Pity it is left outside. The photo shows that you had a true British weather that day  :)
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on October 19, 2013, 09:28:16
Going the other way 30 miles east of Basel, an ivory car with black soft top...didn't get a chance to see what it was; older man driving.  We are having the last of the Golden October days, so a little drive was in order!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on November 14, 2013, 11:24:05
Tuesday night I spotted a silver 280 off Hillcrest in Dallas near SMU. Anyone here?



Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: KevinC on November 29, 2013, 15:44:08
At New Country MB in Hartford, Connecticut...anyone here?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on December 01, 2013, 10:05:43
A Pagoda in good company today down at Docklands in Mebourne today,
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alf on December 04, 2013, 17:00:13
Driving on M25 today near M3 turn off about 2:30pm in my Pagoda and passed a white Pagoda with his roof up. Anyone here?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on March 09, 2014, 21:55:53
I can confirm... the owner did get the card before the rain started: Last week I saw the car in traffic on Walworth Road and carded him again  ;D He said he already had one!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rothko on March 10, 2014, 15:00:39
Took mine out for a late morning cruise in Palm Beach.  Saw a black 190SL with red interior coming the other way.  We waved at each other.

Later on the same drive, we saw a black 280SL with black hardtop (a crime keeping the hardtop on a beautiful spring day) coming the other way.  I had switched seats to let my son drive, so I told him to wave as the other went past us, and he did.  Other driver waved back.



Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: szentesi on March 21, 2014, 12:44:50
Spotted the same Pagoda that I saw several months back on a lift at a different garage around the corner from the first garage.

As I was taking the photo, the mechanic came out (he was dead keen on speaking to me about my dog!). Eventually I managed to ask him about the Pagoda. He mentioned that it was having ''Injection Distributor"" problems. I said that I had seen it a few months ago around the corner, when he told me they couldn't sort it and the owner has now brought the car to them.

Hmm, I hope the owner does a google search for this forum for advice as I'm not sure his diagnostic skills or knowledge of these cars will sort out the ''injection distributor'' problem!

On a separate note, spotted a good condition green 280SL Automatic on Southwark Bridge Road turning into an MOT station on Wednesday. Spring is definitely arriving in the UK!

Oh, I almost forgot: Gold pagoda spotted in Antwerp, Belgium on Monday.

Charles
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on April 15, 2014, 10:59:24
Yesterday, spotted a silver Pagoda in Key West. Spoke to the owners who have had the car for many years. It travelled around the world: Germany to Hawaii to Sweden to Florida. It was in great shape, having been restored ground-up some years ago, with full history. Pointed the owners to our site and group, and I hope they will join.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ptooner on April 17, 2014, 13:59:45
Saw an Ivory SL on San Jose blvd here in Jacksonville last Saturday.  I was especially surprised because they are very rare in my color.  Traffic didn't allow me to see more.

Gerry
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mmizesko on May 04, 2014, 10:22:57
I wonder if this is the same one I saw being pulled North behind a big RV on Interstate 75 heading towards Toledo, OH Saturday evening 5-3-14.  Brown Soft Top?

Mike Mizesko
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on May 04, 2014, 16:37:40
Friday late afternoon, a dark blue one with its hardtop on, in Meyrin (next to Geneva) heading past the airport in the direction of the Jura mountains.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: floatinghat on July 11, 2014, 16:30:26

Brown one driving down 148th in Bellevue WA about 2 weeks ago, Red one Bainbridge Island WA last week, Silver Lafayette CA Tuesday evening.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on July 11, 2014, 17:16:15
This afternoon, on the route de Lausanne just before Geneva, an off-white 230 SL with darker hubcaps, sitting by the side of the road, gentleman behind the wheel peering at something (map, mobile phone?).
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: floatinghat on July 14, 2014, 05:12:02
A different red one today again on Bainbridge Island, looked very low, lady driving and it appeared to have an uncomfortable adult in the "third" seat.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on July 14, 2014, 06:29:45
Floating Hat,

You may care to put in your signature or identify your location where you are in the World that way we will know where you are refering to when you spot a Pagoda without having to back trac your posts to identify what you are talking about ;) ;) ;D

Garry
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on November 03, 2014, 20:50:30
This morning just before 8AM, a light metallic blue with an off-white convertible top, heading into Bellevue (close to Geneva) on the Route de Lausanne.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: GGR on November 03, 2014, 21:27:28

Hmm, I hope the owner does a google search for this forum for advice as I'm not sure his diagnostic skills or knowledge of these cars will sort out the ''injection distributor'' problem!


It's just a matter of checking the ignition pump first! Best done with new spark injectors.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: DaveB on November 04, 2014, 03:52:58
But 'fuel distributor' is a valid term in modern injection isn't it? So they may know what they're talking about.
Though having dealt with many tradesmen a default assumption of incompetence is unfortunately justified in many cases.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: GGR on November 04, 2014, 05:58:58
Yes, fuel distributors are found on the K-jet systems. However these parts are very different from the injection pump found on the Pagodas.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bonnyboy on November 04, 2014, 14:12:21
Friday morning here in North Vancouver - I drove by 1 restoration shop - white 280sl in behind the chain, next was a repair shop - Brown 280sl and a red 230sl getting fixed, then to the upholstery shop - another 230sl outside.   Then on the way to the bank there was a white 230sl sitting outside.  So naturally I went home and took mine out for a drive. 
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Milly on December 01, 2014, 15:21:23
This one in Norway Bay, Bristol Quebec, Canada
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on December 11, 2014, 01:47:14
Spotted this morning in Albert Park Village, a left hooker Californian Coupe.

Anyone here?

Garry
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Bonnyboy on March 18, 2015, 04:03:25
As I drive around Vancouver BC I regularily see Pagodas (and old Porsche 911s / 356s).  Like once a week as soon as the salt is gone and like last Saturday I saw three Pagodas in one day.   I get accustomed to all the vintage vehicles on the roads and just regular exotics all over and think its all the same everywhere - but I guess its not.   .   Until recently it didn't really hit me how special it really is.  I recently went to the oregon coast and on the entire trip down I only spotted the following local cars of interest (BC plates didn't count):
one Porsche and it was an early 70's 924 thoroughly beat up
one jaguar - newer XK8
few higher end BMWs and a handful of newer mercedes and nothing I would call exotic
a 70's vintage Morgan
several VW bugs

We really do have special cars....I appreciate them just a bit more today.   
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on May 16, 2015, 19:48:49
Today was a 'reverse-Pagoda-spotting' for me. I had parked it to run an errand; when I got back to the car, an older lady literally came running towards me, all excited, from the sidewalk cafe terrasse across the street. She told me she used to have one just like it, in -get this- 1967. She was very sorry to have sold it, and was mine for sale by any chance. If no, she said she would simply have to steal it from me! It was great to see her enjoying the car so much. This was in Bourbonne les Bains, France.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: tel76 on May 31, 2015, 13:31:30
Just drove past the Hotel Anker in Assmanhausen on the Rhine (14.30hrs local) very nice white Pagoda parked up, is it anyone here?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: WRe on June 16, 2015, 07:41:05
Hi,
my friend Peter saw this beauty last Sunday at Classic Car Show in Luton/UK.
...WRe
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: dean on June 19, 2015, 11:39:24
ever since the weather got warmer, I have been on the lookout for the silver Pagoda that is usually parked by the Westside Highway 96th parking lot.   No such luck so far this season....:(
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on July 10, 2015, 22:43:09
I saw several today, however, photographed only this one ... I'll give you three guesses Who's car it is :)

Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: gimp on July 11, 2015, 03:38:54
I would say the Benz Dr.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on July 11, 2015, 11:25:10
.... And you be right on Fred :)
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: iftykhan on July 12, 2015, 10:49:52
Saw a lovely silver pagoda with private number plate driving into High Wycombe along London Rd last week.
Roof down blue interior. Stunning!
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: pdc on July 21, 2015, 06:04:29
yesterday a friend noticed this 280 SL in Fullerton CA , took a picture and sent it to me.

Maybe it's someone from this group ?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on July 21, 2015, 18:16:43
Is it a Rocket what is Red?
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: RonB on July 21, 2015, 18:50:34
I don't know if this the right place - but I got this day.

Its  MANY perfect PAGODA'S :)

http://www.carbuildindex.com/50263/vintage-car-photos-for-wednesday-all-german-once-again-btw/

Enjoy
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ctaylor738 on July 31, 2015, 16:47:45
We were going north on SS 340 along Lake Como, spotted a very nice white Pagoda near Cernobbio, heading south.  Could not see any other details except that it had euro lights and was LHD.  Driver was male, looked to be a fifty-something.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: szentesi on August 02, 2015, 16:21:48
Light Blue (Metallic?) Pagoda spotted on Frant Road, south of Tunbridge Wells (A267) around 14:00 on Saturday 1 August: Hard-top on, driver and passenger. Looked gorgeous......


Charles
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: mdsalemi on August 10, 2015, 16:52:20
I did spy a lovely Pagoda in Edinburgh, Scotland a week or so ago...it happened to be Andrew Todd's while in his garage!  :)
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Alex D on August 29, 2015, 20:34:48
Last night around 6:40, while driving my daughter to swim practice in my car we saw a brownish/broze 280SL with tan interior with two twenty year old males in it, heading south bound on Broadview Road(176) and we were heading north bound on 176 in Broadview Heights, OH.    I thought I knew all the Pagodasaround here, but evidently not.   If you are a member here, and it was your car, pm me, I'd like to take a closer look at it.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: France on August 30, 2015, 16:31:17
Only got a distant glance at a silver Pagoda with German plates around Appenzell behind the towering Sentis on this gorgeous 80+ degree day in Switzerland.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Flyair on September 06, 2015, 09:16:15
While in London (UK), a signal red Pagoda with black (old style) plates stopped on lights along my car. It was around the Elephant&Castle area.

Sadly, no time to take a picture. Only remember that the first letters on the plates were BMX (or something like that).

Although the weather was just OK with 15 degrees, the driver was brave enough to drive without the top.

 
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on August 27, 2016, 04:52:52
This morning, around 10:30 AM on the 405 freeway, southbound in Los Angeles, just north of Santa Monica, a chocolate brown with light tan top, US spec Pagoda. My taxi driver was in a hurry so I couldn't get further details. Anybody here?

I'll be moving to LA sometime in the coming year as I just took a job there. If I find a house with a garage, I'll be taking my 280 SL with me so there'll be even more Pagodas in California ...
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: RAY on August 29, 2016, 18:52:20
Light blue 230 maybe 250 with hardtop on spotted going in opposite direction to me on Pickhurst Lane, Bromley/Beckenham 11.30 this morning.
I was in my wife's car going to pick my Pagoda up which was a shame.
Ray
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on August 31, 2016, 06:35:57
Stan
That'll be this one (taken 2 years ago at National Windscreens at the Elephant)
Lives in Bermondsey. The owner lurks here occasionally and we've spoken several times about his car. It was a bit of a rough resto when he bought it but it's looking better every time I see it. He's had it a while
(http://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10243.0;attach=30936;image)
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: PIP1947 on September 11, 2016, 14:06:16
Hi

Living in the inner east of Sydney, I am fortunate enough to see at least one other Pagoda each week. I think there would be a stable population of around 10 - 20 Pagodas garaged within a kliometre of my home in Darling Point, most apparently in long term ownership. They range from a badly neglected red 230SL parked on the street, to a spectacular Black 280SL with white interior. Some of these cars are, like my early '68 Tunis beige metallic 280Sl, in regular daily use.

PIP1947
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on September 11, 2016, 17:04:46
You must be living in one of the world's Highest-Density Pagoda Neighbourhoods! Great that you use it regularly, these cars love to be driven.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Garry on September 11, 2016, 22:16:28
A search of our Members list by location shows that there are 27 registered in NSW with only 5 or 6 outside the Sydney area.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: csjose on October 01, 2016, 01:50:43
Hi Bill....are you still in El Paso , Texas ...I moved this city and wonder if any Pagoda around.......Rgds..Jose
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Cees Klumper on October 13, 2016, 06:03:56
Yesterday around noon, a dark blue or black Pagoda sitting in front of what appeared to be a breaker's yard for classic/old Mercedes and other European cars, on the road from the airport to Split, Croatia. Car appeared to be in decent shape.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: ohoraherecaptain on October 26, 2016, 13:29:08
OK, I'm biased but this Pagoda did it for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0OYvmY-b_E
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: JamesL on October 31, 2016, 09:28:45
I spotted a cream one with a brown soft top circumnavigating Place de l'Etoile last week. Brave!
(Arc de Triomphe)

Also spotted an AC Ace on Avenue Victor Hugo
Both must have off street parking as street parking is done by touch
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: hoodude on November 02, 2016, 22:11:23
Very nice offering on BAT(BringATrailer) this week. It's in Texas and redone to a very high level(I'd like to link but iPads are not computers).
A manual 280 with A/C in the color,in the jag world,flamenco pearl..pretty sure I don't know the MB color name..but rare and striking.
It'd look good in my garage,but something would have to go(oh no!..what?)
Cheers,RE
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: PIP1947 on November 05, 2016, 13:37:31
A search of our Members list by location shows that there are 27 registered in NSW with only 5 or 6 outside the Sydney area.

Hi Garry. That's interesting. I suspect many of these members will be located in suburbs close to the Sydney CBD. I also think many of the cars I see regularly are owned by non members. I wil make more effort to make contact with the drivers. Being a walker, am often on foot when I see these vehicles, so it is difficult to give chase. Cheers, Philip.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter h on November 15, 2016, 17:55:53
See a red 280sl today driving at the miromar outlet estero fl
Peter
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter h on November 15, 2016, 19:38:04
Lucky day
Next one today, a green 230sl on a trailer I 75
near Ft Myers
Peter
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: 49er on November 15, 2016, 23:16:30
Hi Peter, I know you like Florida for your annual vacation but why not make a trip a little further west to California someday. I hear there are quite a few Pagodas out here :)

John
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Peter h on November 16, 2016, 10:39:35
Hi John
Hope to make it sometime.  :)
Peter
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: wjsvb on November 16, 2016, 13:21:09
Saw a medium blue 280SL at Madden & Ryan, Radnor PA getting a new fuel pump etc.  Story is that the owners husband bought it new; after his passing some time ago, she has kept it because her kids like to drive dad's car when they visit.  Inspection sticker shows 12 miles driven in the last year!  Wonder why the fuel pump went?  Jon
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: AGT on November 16, 2016, 19:17:42
John

A few weeks ago we drove from San Francisco to Yosemite, Yosemite to Carmel, Carmel to Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara to LA. We saw as many bears as pagodas (that would be none of either). The sun was shining - where were you all? What a lovely place to live even if it is a pagoda free zone.

Best regards
Andrew
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mike Hughes on November 17, 2016, 14:59:51
We were in Germany in September taking part in the MBCA Fall Germany Tour followed by a Viking river cruise and hoped to see a few Pagodas during our travels.  Of course we saw the gold/blue one at the DB Museum, and a white one on display in the classics for sale area adjacent to the restaurant and souvenir shop.  There was also a nice black one in the lobby of the Classic Center and a silver one on display and available for rent by members of the Legenden Club Sindelfingen.  We finally briefly spotted a signal red one in the wild while looking down from the parapets of Nürnburg Castle as it was disappearing around the corner in the street below.  However we spotted something even more rare than a Pagoda on the road while on a tour bus returning to our ship near Krems, Austria:  A gorgeous anthracite 300SL roadster, top down, two up, scooting through a roundabout that our bus was approaching.  We followed it onto the autobahn until it departed after a couple of exits.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: Mechudo62 on November 22, 2016, 04:02:57
1970 280 SL in front of Cortez Palace in Cuernavaca, México.
Title: Re: How often do you spot another Pagoda ?
Post by: guyke on November 22, 2016, 07:51:30
jesterday i see one on a car trailer in the netherlands going in the direction of groningen , dark w113 , verry rusty , there was a sticker on it whit beverly hills club or something , defenitly a project car