Lot 291 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Lot 291 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Lot 291 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Lot Number 291
Registration EBY 549B
Chassis Number 1130421011670
Engine Number 127016190
Odometer reading 80,447 miles
Estimate £14,000 - £18,000

The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971 and were known as the 'pagoda roof' SL. This replaced the W198 SL in 1963 and was then, in turn, replaced by the R107 SL in 1971. All models boast 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. Most of these early SL's were sold with both the removable hard top and a soft top in the so-called 'Coupe/Roadster' configuration.  Further development led to the W113 platform with an improved fuel-injected 2.3 litre M127 inline-six engine and the distinctive 'pagoda' hardtop roof. The 230SL made a 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 travelling comfort.""

This lefthand drive Mercedes-Benz 230SL was imported from the United States of America during 2011 and is presented in Old English White with a contrasting blue leather interior. A factory lefthand drive example, this European specification model is described by the vendor as a ""solid, driving car"" and comes complete with a UK registration document and MOT test certificate valid until June, 2012. A desirable manual version, these SL models are amongst the best-loved sports cars of their day and remain highly sought after by collectors.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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