Lot 165 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||35,000 miles|
|Estimate||£62,000 - £68,000|
|Result||Sold - £55,468|
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 nickname. 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 230 SL 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 good UK righthand drive Mercedes-Benz 230 SL has been subject to a complete cosmetic restoration to the bodywork over the last five years. The last owner within the last two years had the engine and gearbox taken out of the car and the engine bay repaired and restored. During the restoration, special attention was 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 during the restoration all the mechanics have been checked throughout. The engine has been fully serviced and set up, recent work carried out included having the alternator overhauled and a new track rod fitted. This Mercedes-Benz 230 SL is finished in Old English White with a matching factory hard top, black soft top and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires on 7th February 2018, old MoT test certificates and copies of the invoices for the work carried out. Along with the original owner’s handbook, this is a very good 230 SL Pagoda has been prepared to be a very usable classic Mercedes-Benz and a blue chip investment.