Lot 258 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda *REDUCED ESTIMATE*
|Odometer reading||92,628 km|
|Result||Sold - £40,320|
The Mercedes-Benz W 113 is a two-seat roadster/coupé, introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show and produced from 1963 through to 1971. It replaced both the legendary 300 SL (W 198) and the 190 SL (W 121). The W 113 SL was developed under the auspices of Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. The lead designers devised its distinctive, patented, slightly concave hardtop which inspired the 'Pagoda' nickname. All models were equipped with an inline-six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The bonnet, boot lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminium to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tyres gave the W 113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the then already legendary 300 SL roadster. Although often overshadowed by the 280 SL, the 2.3 litre engine runs on four crankshaft main bearings instead of seven.
This beautiful Mercedes-Benz soft-top was subject to a restoration in the mid 90's which included changing the colour from cream to red and an engine change to the more powerful 280. Coupled with the automatic gearbox, it is the perfect foil for touring or just enjoying the free revving engine. Offered with numerous invoices for maintenance and parts and a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate valid until July 2017, this example is aching to be driven and enjoyed. With its distinctive red coachwork, why not stand out? After all you are driving an iconic Pagoda.
* Please note contrary to earlier descriptions this Pagoda has the more powerful 280 engine which was transplanted during its 90's restoration.
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