A few days ago, we met with a very close friend and watchlifestyler to talk about watches and the good life. In all honesty, what can be better than driving a classic Mercedes-Benz SL 230 —a.k.a. W113 'Pagoda'— from 1964 in the company of an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202ST.
Interestingly enough, the interior of this beautiful classic car matches the dial of the Royal Oak Jumbo as if they had been conceived at the same time. The Mercedes-Benz SL 230 is a two-door Roadster Coupé with a soft-top and an optional slightly concave hardtop —reason why it was nicknamed Pagoda— that was only sold between 1963 and 1971 –just a year short of the launch of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo.
This beautiful car with a six-cylinder engine and ground-breaking design for its time, is not only in mint condition but drives like a dream and has a wonderful story. Only 48,912 SL 230s were ever produced and only 19,440 were sold here in the U.S. This beauty is one of them.
This car was fully restored by the previous owner and meant to be driven as he didn't want it to just be a museum piece. A very close friend to our friend, purchased the car approximately seven years ago and it became a precious family jewel never to be sold. A few years later, he decided to relocate from Massachusetts to Asia and sold all of this belongings with the exception of this car. Since he didn't want to sell the car to a stranger or have it sit in a garage, he made a deal with our friend where both would have ownership of the car. It is very clear that the car will never leave either family. Wouldn't you do the same if you owned one?
Just like this beautiful car, the classic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo is a watch that is meant to never leave a watchlifestylers wrist and a family jewel never to be sold. For more info on the Jumbo click here.