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Kit: Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagoda”

You’re the guy who gets respect the subtle way. You don’t demand it; you’re not the showy type.



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You’re the guy who gets respect the subtle way. You don’t demand it; you’re not the showy type. It’s also how you choose your cars. Vintage only, built to last and never, ever out of style. That’s why you’ll drive the 280 SL “Pagoda”. It’s elegant and beautiful without barking for attention — an under-the-radar grand tourer that looks just as good parked at the hunting club as it does at the finest restaurant in town. But it’s also meant to be driven for long jaunts in the country, as it’s both sporting and great for the long haul. The kit we’ve chosen for this gentleman’s car works just as well in the urban environment as it does in more natural settings. You’ll be stylish, comfortable and classic…just like the vehicle you’ve chosen for your stable.

Applatch Men’s Shawl Collar Sweater

Don’t get distracted with a stylish but itchy sweater while you’re driving your vintage German pride down your town’s autobahn. Applatch’s gorgeous shawl collar sweater is made with supremely soft 100 percent merino wool that keeps you warm during cool-weather driving and still resists odors when you start picking up the pace. Just please don’t throw this sweater over your shoulders. It’s for driving, not for nibbling on cucumber finger sandwiches.

Buy Now: $175

Proper Cloth Howard Street Chambray Shirt

Proper Cloth’s take on chambray is both refined and old-school, which is just right for driving the classic Merc two-door. You’re stylish, but not a fashion hound. You’re about driving, not being driven to distraction. A hint of stretch means you can put on the moves behind the wheel, while the densely woven cotton fabric, button down collar and square button cuffs keep you looking crisp.

Buy Now: $105

To Boot New York Terrence

No penny loafers for you, my friend. Your German grand tourer calls for something pedal focused and manly. To Boot New York’s Terrence driving loafer is made with soft but durable brown Italian calfskin and automotive-friendly with rubber nubs on the sole so you can mash the gas to your heart’s content.

Buy Now: $375

Taylor Stitch Driftwood Vintner’s Chore Pant

Taylor Stitch’s chore pant has a not-too-roomy, not-too-skinny fit for comfortable driving along with a strong pre-shrunk cotton reinforced knee. They’re still all business without the business look; that you’ve ditched your pleated front slacks for something more modern means you don’t consider everything old to be classic.

Buy Now: $128

Winter Session Felix Bag

Your world can’t possibly involve a man purse, no matter how Euro-cool your collectible Merc is. For this German steed, grab a Felix bag for your day’s stowable gear. The thick waxed cotton can take punishment, as can the good-in-hand vegetable tanned leather handles and detachable leather shoulder strap. Plenty of pockets means you can stop the day’s drive before it’s over in order to grab some wine and charcuterie. After all, you can’t eat up the miles without filling up. Plus, you’re gonna need a place to hide your speeding tickets from the wife.

Buy Now: $265

Leica X Vario

The 280 SL in no way boasts even close to the amenities of even a modern subcompact, but that doesn’t mean you don’t love it for what it does best…driving smoothly and look ridiculously good while doing it. The X Vario is built in the same vein. It has a fixed 28-70mm 3.5-6.4 lens and can only max out at five frames per second, but who cares when you have a Leica that looks this damn good? Do it up in a custom color, and you just might spend more time looking at it than using it, just like you do with your Pagoda.

Buy Now: $2,850

Hard Graft Re-Process Camera Strap

Your vintage camera doesn’t need a nylon camo strap. Hard Graft has something better in mind and way more in line with your palette. The Re-Process Strap is made with vegetable-tanned Italian leather that’s hand-stained and complimented by their signature gray wool. Fully adjustable and convertible into a camera hand strap, it’s so handsome, it might just steal attention from your car, if only for a moment.

Buy Now: ~$166

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date

Like adding spinning dubs to your Merc, buying an ornate watch for your sense of simple style is a no-no. Oris’s Big Crown ProPilot Day Date does up horology in a crisp aviation style that’s both sporty and traditional. The ProPilot has a 45mm case, legible numerals and markers, and an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve.

Buy Now: $1,800

Oliver Peoples Sir O’Malley Sun

Oliver Peoples takes their classic Sir O’Malley and pops in photochromic glass lenses for a pair of stunning driving sunglasses. The iconic shape is complemented by your choice of vintage colorways, custom engraved filigree at the temples and the ability to look as smart as a man should be who chooses the 280 SL as his weekend driver.

Buy Now: $510

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