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Meet the £295k electric Mercedes ‘Pagoda’ SL

Stone-cold classic gets a new electric heart and 160 miles of silent running

Published: 05 May 2022
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This is a fully restored and fully electric Mercedes-Benz SL, and before an apoplectic mist descends upon thine brows, a note: the electric conversion is fully reversible.

Everrati, builders of electric Porsche 911s and GT40s and Land Rover Defenders, has teamed up with Hilton & Moss to reinvigorate one of the car world’s stone-cold classics… by tearing it down to its bare shell.

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From there, it’s repaired to maintain the car’s structural integrity, resealed and fitted with a 57kWh battery pack featuring “advanced battery management and temperature control”, along with a new three-phase AC motor and single speed custom gearbox. There’s regenerative braking too.

Everrati quotes 180bhp and 406lb ft of torque, which are both bigger numbers than the combustion-engined 280SL managed. Quicker, obviously, 0-60mph taking seven seconds, while the range sits at just over 160 miles.

Prices start from £295,000, which is obviously a lot of money, and so we go back to the top – the entire conversion is reversible, “maintaining value and options into the future”, according to Everrati.

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