When the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 1963, it caused a sensation within the industry. Known internally as W113, the two-seater roadster unites a decadent delivery of power with an engaging elegance and is distinguished by outstanding comfort, excellent driving performance and exemplary driving safety. The 230 SL is the first sports car worldwide with a safety body consisting of a rigid passenger cell and front and rear crumple zones.
The characteristic form of the removable Coupé roof with its inwardly pointing curvature additionally improves passive safety: the concave form ensures greater stability at a lesser weight. Because the Coupé roof, designed by Paul Bracq, is reminiscent of the curved roofs of Far Eastern temples it didn’t take long for the new SL to receive the nickname “Pagoda”.
The technical basis of the Roadster was the luxury 220 SE Saloon, better known as the “tailfin”. As the predecessor of today’s S-Class, it donated its shortened and strengthened frame floor assembly to the sports car as well as its front and rear suspension. Its engine also forms the basis for the development of the 150-hp M 127 straight six-cylinder engine, with which the new SL-series was launched on the market in 1963. The 230 SL quickly received a higher-capacity successor: at the end of 1966 the 250 SL replaced the 230 SL, which was followed by the 280 SL in 1968, the third and last variant of the W113 to be released on the market. It featured the M130 engine.
In March 1971, the production of the W113 ended. The successor model series 107 with a completely new design replaced the technically and stylistically ground-breaking “Pagoda” and set new standards itself, such as having the first eight-cylinder engine in an SL. For the fans however, the “Pagoda” remained the measure of all things – especially in the eyes of the owners of the 48,912 examples that rolled off the production line in the years from 1963 to 1971.
UK delivered RHD, Hard top, 3rd Seat, Spare wheel, Passenger mirror, Dash clock.
Finished in a classic shade of beige paintwork this 230SL has been treasured by its few owners from new. Sitting with all its original panels, chrome work and its interior trim it’s an example that has avoided being overly restored, extensively taken apart or failing into complete disrepair. It stands very much as it left the factory and as one of the ultimate classic Mercedes.
The colour coding is superbly suited to this model, an elegant and sophisticated shade that suits the classic lines of the era, it contrasts well against the black hard top, black centres of the wheels while mixing with the huge amount of chrome fitted.
The interior is beautifully apportioned and oozes style. Completely original (other than the carpets) it has avoided any heavy wear. There is plethora of different materials used, chrome, wood, leather, plastics and wood all offering their different textures and colours to add depth and beauty to what must be one of the best classic car cockpits available.
With the addition of the 3rd rear seat it allows a certain amount of further usability. In addition the original hard bench cover for the rear is stowed in the boot along side the spare wheel and jack.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The inline six is in fine fettle having undergone a full strip down at approximately 70k miles with regular maintenance since. The car is due a service which can be done on sale.
The car fires into life with ease and cruises smoothly through its 4 speed manual gearbox.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Chrome covers and centre caps finished in black to match the roof are in excellent condition, these cover body coloured wheels. Tyres are Firestone all round with a full amount of tread.
First registered in January 1965 this SL remained in the family until 2007. Treasured, showed, rallied and maintained to the highest order during this time, this SL has retained a huge amount of originality.
Documenting this ownership is detailed in a lovely typed word document with mileage verified by plenty of MOT certificates.
The car has since passed through the hands of three further classic car collectors who have in turn done their part to preserve the provenance of this very special machine.
Original owners manuals are present along side spare keys and further more recent service and maintenance documents.
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