Two iconic cars from the late 60`s and the early 70s were put head-to-head, in an effort to find out which one was more preferred and liked in those days. The comparison involves the BMW 3.0 CS Coupe and Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda.
Starting with the exterior, both models look amazing wearing the hard and soft top body styling, but the 280 SL Pagoda kinda stands out from the crowd with the “Pagoda” hardtop coming as optional, which provides the model with a coupe-like style. On the other side, the 3.0 CS Coupe looks extremely aggressive and quite a looker for those times.
As for both cars` interior, each one comes with its own personal feel. However, there are certain particularities to take in mind when choosing between the two of them. For instance, the 3.0 CS looks extremely sportier and ready for the track, with the driver-oriented cockpit, while the 280SL is more refined and elegant, which is still a main characteristic in most of Mercedes models today.
Each one was fit for different personalities, and I personally find myself quite adventurous, so this is the reason I would choose the BWM 3.0 CS instead of the Mercedes 280 SL.
As for the cars` engines under the hood, both iconic models pack a six-straight inline pots. The BMW 3.0 CS Coupe comes with a 2.0-liter I6 engine, with 180 horsepower, paired to a choice of a four-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.
On the other side of the road, the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL features a 2.8-liter I6 engine with 170 horsepower. This one is also available with a four-manual or a four-automatic. However, the 280 SL also came out with a five-speed manual as a rare option.
As for their driving skills, both models are extremely easy to handle, coming with extraordinary characteristics and capabilities. But after all, it is up to your tastes to choose the one which best fits your personality.