Lot 371a - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster - LATE ENTRY
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
The W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through 1971 with their distinctive 'pagoda' hardtop roof, designed by Béla Barényi, gave them their contemporary nick name. All models feature an inline-six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. All are rear-wheel drive, but are also equipped with independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly improved road handling. These SLs were typically sold with a soft top and an optional removable hard top, the so-called 'Coupe/Roadster' configuration.
The 230 SL made its remarkable debut at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, where Nallinger introduced it as follows: ""It was our aim to create a very safe and fast sports car with high performance, which despite its sports characteristics, provides a very high degree of traveling comfort."" Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who was as competent behind the wheel as any racing driver, demonstrated the capabilities of the 230 SL on a tight short race track near Montreux in 1963, where he put up a best lap time of 47.5 seconds vs. 47.3 seconds by Mike Parkes on his 3 litre V12 Ferrari 250 GT.
Presented in the timeless combination of Old English White with a contrasting blue leather interior, this fine example is described as immaculate by the vendor. Recently restored with much much work undertaken by marque specialist, Roger Edwards. This three owners recorded example complete with a full 12 month MoT test certificate, hardtop and original Becker wireless.
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