Lot 230 - 1966 12987 230SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||86,879 km|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £27,440|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971. They were known as the 'pagoda roof' SL. All models boast an inline six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. Rear-wheel drive configuration was complemented by 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 1960, Nallinger eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220SL design, based on technology from the W112. This 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 manual transmission Mercedes-Benz 230SL was imported from the USA approximately five years ago and has been the subject of a restoration. The blue coachwork is in good order and the contrasting red interior appears to show little sign of wear. Dry stored in the winter months, this 230SL has been used very little by the current vendor who, on the odd occasion he does use the SL, describes the car as being "delightful" to drive with no major mechanical faults. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 24th May, 2014, these distinctive roof shape SL models are amongst the best-loved sports cars of their day and still 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.