Mercedes Benz 'Pagoda' 230, 250 & 280SL: The Essential Buyer's Guide

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Stop! Don't buy a Mercedes Benz "Pagoda" 230SL, 250SL or 280SL roadster or coupe without buying this book first! Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Chris Bass's years of Mercedes ownership: learn how to spot a bad car quickly and how to assess a promising one like a professional.

Get the right car at the right price! Packed with good advice from running costs, through paperwork, vital statistics, valuation and the...

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Overview


Stop! Don't buy a Mercedes Benz "Pagoda" 230SL, 250SL or 280SL roadster or coupe without buying this book first! Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Chris Bass's years of Mercedes ownership: learn how to spot a bad car quickly and how to assess a promising one like a professional.

Get the right car at the right price! Packed with good advice from running costs, through paperwork, vital statistics, valuation and the Mercedes community, to will it fit in your garage and with your lifestyle? This is the complete guide to choosing, assessing and buying your dream car.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Mercedes Benz Club gazette, August 2007-UK

Our very own Chris Bass has written both these pocket or glovebox size guides and by his own admission has relied very heavily on the late Roger Edwards, particularly for the Pagoda volume. We are sure Roger would have been pleased with the results and for those who knew him it is easy to imagine his dulcet tones coming out with some of the phrases Chris has seen fit to use.

The objective of this series is to have a 'marque expert by your side' and each edition (not just for Mercedes) is full of advice about running costs, paperwork, important statistics and even valuation.

Conveniently divided into 17 small sections, which include technical advice, the format inevitably means there is some repetition of sections of text in each Mercedes-Benz book, and there is also great similarity between the two volumes. The content is extremely useful and would appeal to both the novice and the experienced enthusiast alike and there are many pointers that would help a potential buyer to identify whether a particular car is genuine or not. A buyer armed with one of these books might also help put off any seller that is in any way underhand.

Both volumes are well illustrated with useful photographs although the Pagoda version has more large photographs than that for the R107 and consequently some of the detail is lost. The text is clear and concise in each case and Chris Bass has obviously put considerable thought into the precise wording to avoid ambiguity. As Pagoda owners for some years, even we found some useful information so we would certainly expect these volumes to have wide appeal.

To conclude, they make interesting but light reading and are a useful library addition to anybody interested in purchasing one of these SLs or to existing owners.

Review from Old Cars Weekly, 25th October 2007 - US magazine -Circulation: 67,500

Stop shopping and start researching your next Mercedes-Benz 230, 250 or 280SL purchase with Chris Bass' Essential Buyer's Guide. The author tells the vital stats, including how much space these cars take up, who can fit in it, its running costs, parts availability and investment potential; how they drive; problem areas; and areas to watch for when looking for an authentic example. At $19.95, this book is an extremely wise investment. When ordering, ask if Veloce has an Essential Buyer's Guide for your car of interest.

Mercedes Enthusiast, July 2007-UK magazine

HELP IS AT HAND – Classic car assessment is made all the easier

Looking at buying a classic Mercedes but unsure how to sidestep the pitfalls? There are two new books that might help you if Pagodas and 107-series coupés and roadsters are your cars of choice.

Published by Veloce, 'The Essential Buyer's Guide: Mercedes-Benz 'Pagoda' 230,250 and 280SL' and 'Mercedes-Benz 280-560SL and SLC', both by Mercedes-Benz Club gazette editor Chris Bass, draw on years of accumulated experience to steer would-be owners onto the right path.

Small enough to carry around, these books give a clear, detailed and realistic account of all aspects of buying, ownership and restoration.

So at just $19.95 each they are good value for the money.

Mark Holman for New Zealand Classic Car, October 2007
NZ magazine

As with previous books from this series, these are 64-page soft-cover books, small enough to fit into a coat pocket and pretty well guaranteed to come in very handy if you are buying any of these cars from very different ends of the classic scale.

All follow a similar layout, starting with 'is it the right car for you?', and then going through the 15-minute quick check (walk away or not?) followed by a very detailed checklist which you can use to 'mark' the car, and what to look out for on a test drive. There are also chapters on whether you want to restore a model, paint problems, things to watch out for if the car has had little recent use, and lists of clubs and spares specialists.

The books are well-illustrated, and the advice looks really practical. They don't pretend that classic car ownership is easy, or necessary profitable in purely financial terms, yet they are clearly written by guys who are enthusiastic about the pleasure you can get from a good example of any of these cars.

While I have never been in the market for them, I would want to have one of these books if I were – definitely recommended.

From the Publisher
Mercedes Benz Club gazette, August 2007-UK

Our very own Chris Bass has written both these pocket or glovebox size guides and by his own admission has relied very heavily on the late Roger Edwards, particularly for the Pagoda volume. We are sure Roger would have been pleased with the results and for those who knew him it is easy to imagine his dulcet tones coming out with some of the phrases Chris has seen fit to use.

The objective of this series is to have a 'marque expert by your side' and each edition (not just for Mercedes) is full of advice about running costs, paperwork, important statistics and even valuation.

Conveniently divided into 17 small sections, which include technical advice, the format inevitably means there is some repetition of sections of text in each Mercedes-Benz book, and there is also great similarity between the two volumes. The content is extremely useful and would appeal to both the novice and the experienced enthusiast alike and there are many pointers that would help a potential buyer to identify whether a particular car is genuine or not. A buyer armed with one of these books might also help put off any seller that is in any way underhand.

Both volumes are well illustrated with useful photographs although the Pagoda version has more large photographs than that for the R107 and consequently some of the detail is lost. The text is clear and concise in each case and Chris Bass has obviously put considerable thought into the precise wording to avoid ambiguity. As Pagoda owners for some years, even we found some useful information so we would certainly expect these volumes to have wide appeal.

To conclude, they make interesting but light reading and are a useful library addition to anybody interested in purchasing one of these SLs or to existing owners.

Review from Old Cars Weekly,

25th October 2007 - US magazine -Circulation: 67,500

Stop shopping and start researching your next Mercedes-Benz 230, 250 or 280SL purchase with Chris Bass' Essential Buyer's Guide. The author tells the vital stats, including how much space these cars take up, who can fit in it, its running costs, parts availability and investment potential; how they drive; problem areas; and areas to watch for when looking for an authentic example. At $19.95, this book is an extremely wise investment. When ordering, ask if Veloce has an Essential Buyer's Guide for your car of interest.

Mercedes Enthusiast, July 2007-UK magazine

HELP IS AT HAND – Classic car assessment is made all the easier

Looking at buying a classic Mercedes but unsure how to sidestep the pitfalls? There are two new books that might help you if Pagodas and 107-series coupés and roadsters are your cars of choice.

Published by Veloce, 'The Essential Buyer's Guide: Mercedes-Benz 'Pagoda' 230,250 and 280SL' and 'Mercedes-Benz 280-560SL and SLC', both by Mercedes-Benz Club gazette editor Chris Bass, draw on years of accumulated experience to steer would-be owners onto the right path.

Small enough to carry around, these books give a clear, detailed and realistic account of all aspects of buying, ownership and restoration.

So at just $19.95 each they are good value for the money.

Mark Holman for New Zealand Classic Car, October 2007
NZ magazine

As with previous books from this series, these are 64-page soft-cover books, small enough to fit into a coat pocket and pretty well guaranteed to come in very handy if you are buying any of these cars from very different ends of the classic scale.

All follow a similar layout, starting with 'is it the right car for you?', and then going through the 15-minute quick check (walk away or not?) followed by a very detailed checklist which you can use to 'mark' the car, and what to look out for on a test drive. There are also chapters on whether you want to restore a model, paint problems, things to watch out for if the car has had little recent use, and lists of clubs and spares specialists.

The books are well-illustrated, and the advice looks really practical. They don't pretend that classic car ownership is easy, or necessary profitable in purely financial terms, yet they are clearly written by guys who are enthusiastic about the pleasure you can get from a good example of any of these cars.

While I have never been in the market for them, I would want to have one of these books if I were – definitely recommended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845841133
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Series: The Essential Buyer's Guide Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 896,965
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Chris Bass has been Editor of the Mercedes-Benz Club Gazette since 1997. In that time he has handled many restoration stories and articles about the "Pagoda" SL, which is one of the most popular models among the 10,000-plus members of the MB Club. Notable among these articles were those written by the late Roger Edwards, a club member and a leading authority on these cars who assisted with this book. As well as running a Mercedes of his own, Chris has restored and runs an Allard and a Triumph TR4A. His garage also includes a 1930 Crossley Silver and a Triumph Herald convertible.
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Table of Contents


Introduction & thanks - the purpose of this book     3
Is it the right car for you? - marriage guidance     6
Cost considerations - affordable, or a money pit?     8
Living with a 'Pagoda' - will you get along together?     9
Relative values - which model for you?     11
Before you view - be well informed     14
Inspection equipment - these items will really help     16
Fifteen minute evaluation - walk away or stay?     17
Key points - where to look for problems     21
Serious evaluation - 60 minutes for years of enjoyment     23
Auctions - sold! Another way to buy your dream     47
Paperwork - correct documentation is essential!     49
What's it worth to you? - let your head rule your heart!     51
Do you really want to restore? - it'll take longer and cost more than you think     52
Paint problems - bad complexion, including dimples, pimples and bubbles     53
Problems due to lack of use - just like their owners, Pagodas need exercise!     55
The Community - key people, organisations and companies in the Pagoda world     57
Vital statistics - essential data at your fingertips     59
Index     64
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