Lot 180 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||42,400 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £35,000|
|Result||Sold - £51,520|
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 engines. 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 soft top. 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 white Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda was first registered on 15th May 1964 to Lady Katie Fraser of Allander, wife of Sir Hugh Fraser who owned the House of Fraser stores and, at one time, Harrods of London. This is a manual, righthand drive vehicle with a blue removable hardtop and new soft top, also in blue. The interior is blue; the leather seats and carpet were replaced in 1997 and are still in excellent condition. The car is fitted with the very useful 3rd side-facing seat allowing for another passenger or additional storage. The vehicle has been with the current family since 1996 and has been garaged most of that time. There are receipts for over £6,000 worth of work carried out in 2016. The battery was replaced in October of this year and the stainless steel exhaust, fitted a few years ago, is in perfect condition and gives the car a lovely sound. There are MoT test certificates going back to 1981 with a current certificate valid until October 2017, copy of the Mercedes-Benz data card and the original green log book. The clear HPI report shows three former keepers with the original log book also showing the garage who sold the vehicle. The vehicle was professionally valued at £50,000 in 2015 with the new hood and chrome mirrors and wiper arms added since then. Also included are an original spare wheel, Mercedes-Benz jack and two sets of keys.
The SL models are amongst the best-loved sports cars of their day with original UK delivered versions, with the desirable manual gearbox, remaining highly sought after by collectors.
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