Lot 284 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||54,000 miles|
|Estimate||£44,000 - £50,000|
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 out-performed Mike Parkes in his Ferrari 250GT.
This Mercedes-Benz has recently been imported from the U.S. and presents in very good order throughout. It is a matching numbers example and appears to be in largely original condition; the 54,000 miles is thought to be correct and the car has only had two owners throughout its 48 years on the road. The original handbooks accompany the car, as does the hardtop. This lefthand drive Mercedes-Benz is fitted with automatic transmission and air conditioning. Our inspection confirmed this to be a Pagoda of very high quality and it benefits from a recent fuel injector pump overhaul. This 230SL is finished in green with black trim and is clearly a much loved example.
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