CARDIFF, WALES, UK – Hemmels, a leader in the restoration of vintage Mercedes-Benz SL motorcars, today announces the launch of the Mercedes-Benz Electric Pagoda classic car, which preserves the elegance and beauty of the original model while adding 21st century sustainable motoring technology.
The Electric Pagoda is equally suited for commuting or touring with 340L of trunk/boot space for stowage. The electric powertrain, created by Hemmels specifically for the Pagoda, is capable of a 200 mile range and can be rapid charged to 70% in less than an hour, or fully charged overnight from a standard home socket. The new powertrain exceeds the brake horsepower of the car’s internal combustion engine, with a top speed of 124mph being reached in 9.4 seconds. With a removable hardtop and built-in soft-top, the Hemmels Mercedes-Benz Electric Pagoda is a 4 season driver.
The company offers an exclusive new car buying experience to clients who crave the ability to uniquely design and personalise an electric classic car exactly as they desire. Clients can order any colour combination imaginable or choose to have the original factory ensemble. Each car is fitted with a new leather interior that is hand sewn in a choice of matching or complementary stitching while finer details such as accent colours, name embossing and bespoke seat comfort specification are each explored during part of the design consultation. Further options include matching leather luggage, bluetooth in-car entertainment system, air-conditioning, central locking and alarm tracker.
“The Mercedes-Benz Pagoda is an exceptionally beautiful car that has always appealed to those with elegance and trend-setting style,” said Iain Wood, Head of Operations, Hemmels “By adding the electric powertrain and restoring these cars to perfection, the Electric Pagoda will allow the discerning client to express their individuality through driving a rare vintage classic with both modern reliability and environmental sustainability.”
The ‘Pagoda’, nicknamed due to its unusual concave hardtop roof, became the choice of Hollywood stars and world legends when it was first introduced in 1963. Celebrities such as singer Harry Styles, F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and supermodel Kate Moss are all fans of the car today.
A limited production quantity of 12 units have been made available to order in 2021 with some production slots reserved through pre-launch sales to Hemmels’ clientele in the UK and USA. Prices start at $295,000 USD (215,000 GBP).
Hemmels restores cars according to the exacting standards of its trademarked Neugeboren (“newborn”) Process where every car is fully dismantled and reborn from its bare metal beginnings over a 52 week period. Each project takes approximately 4,000 hours to restore with the result being a like-new car that includes new chrome, glass, tyres, brakes, suspension and interior. Like a new car, the Hemmels Mercedes-Benz Electric Pagoda comes with a full 12 month warranty.
The company specialises in restoring the three pioneering Mercedes-Benz SL models (300SL, 190SL and 280SL) for clients around the globe. In 2020 Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands featured two Hemmels restorations for display at its facility in Weybridge, UK including a 190SL Roadster and 280SL Pagoda, both of which are prominently featured in the main reception area.
Hemmels is pleased to welcome interested parties for a personal virtual tour of the showroom and facilities. Further information about the car and reserving a production slot can be obtained by contacting Hemmels directly.