Lot 170 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster
|Registration||CF 758 DS|
|Odometer reading||61,198 miles|
|Result||Sold - £33,600|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971 and 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 hardtop and a softtop. In 1960, Ballinger eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220 SL 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 230 SL 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 1965 lefthand drive Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda fitted with a manual gearbox was supplied new to the USA and remained in California until 2009. It was then imported to France and, shortly afterwards, is believed to have been restored. Finished in red with matching hardtop and black softtop all in excellent condition, the interior has tan leather seats and tan carpets also in very good condition. This 230 SL is supplied with a French registration document, a French transfer document, a UK MoT test certificate which expires in February 2017 and, if the car is to remain in the UK, a NOVA certificate will be issued. Christened 'pagoda top' after the distinctive roof shape, these SL models are amongst the best-loved sports cars of their day and the desirable manual versions remain highly sought after by collectors.
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