1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL “Pagoda” (W113)SOLD

COYS - Sports Racing and Grand Prix Cars - Brands Hatch - 27th May 2007

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Estimate: £13,000-18,000

Sold £14,938

In March 1963 the 230SL made its debut at the Geneva Show, replacing the much acclaimed 190SL and 300SL models.

Like its 190SL predecessor, its mechanical elements were derived from a contemporary saloon, in this instance the popular 220SE model. The 230SL's 2.3 litre engine was an enlarged version of its fuel injected six cylinder overhead camshaft units and there was the option of automatic or manual transmission. Suspension was all independent with a low pivot swing axle at the rear. Mercedes engineering integrity, together with elegance and practicality, made the pagoda top SL cars among the most distinctive designs of the era, in closed form offering handsome proportions and coupé-like comfort and with the hard top removed offering lively open-top performance. It is largely thanks to these attributes that they remain so universally popular today and command such a large market following.

Presented in the classic Mercedes-Benz metallic beige with a black interior, this manual version Pagoda topped convertible was first registered on the 27th April, 1965. Compared to the other Austin's, BMW's and Fiat's of the day, it represented an elegant two or in this case, three seater sports car in an age of right angles. The third seat alluded to in the last sentence is a desirable factory option allowing an additional passenger to sit sideways behind the two front seats. With just 80,300 miles recorded, this good-looking sportscar benefits from being the personal property of the owner of what is probably the best specialist historic Mercedes-Benz restorer in the south of England. Complete with the original owner's manual as well as benefiting from a full service and new MoT prior to delivery, this represents one of the better put together SL's on the road today.

Reference Number 9468

as of 5/13/2007

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Car 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL “Pagoda” (W113)
VIN 11304220008822