Lot 366 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
|Odometer reading||34,568 miles|
|Estimate||£44,000 - £48,000|
|Result||Sold - £51,520|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971 with their distinctive 'pagoda' hardtop roof giving 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 engine. All are rear-wheel drive and are equipped with independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly improved road handling. It made its debut at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in March 1963 where Technical Director Fritz 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 high degree of travelling comfort." Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who was as competent behind the wheel as most racing drivers, demonstrated the capabilities of the 230SL on a tight short race track near Montreux in 1963 where he put up a best lap time of 47.5 seconds and, incidentally, out-performed Mike Parkes in his Ferrari 250GT.
This stunning righthand drive Mercedes-Benz 230SL, has just been the subject to a complete cosmetic restoration to the bodywork, with special attention been given to make sure that all the 'shuts' are as near perfect as possible. The black leather interior and the original style carpets were replaced in the last ten years and this year the mechanics have been checked throughout. The engine has been fully serviced and set up, at a cost of £1,400 and the vendor tells us that the car sits on the road as it did when it left the factory and drives very well. This Mercedes-Benz 230SL finished in old English white with a matching factory hard top is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2015 with old MoT test certificates and invoices for the recent restoration. Along with the original owners hand book this is an excellent 230SL Pagoda which has been prepared to the highest of standards, a very usable classic Mercedes and a blue chip investment.
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