Lot 174 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||6,000 miles|
|Estimate||£34,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £34,720|
Mercedes-Benz has been producing an SL (Sport Leicht) model or range of models since 1954 when the landmark 300 SL was unveiled. The similarly styled, but mechanically unrelated, 190 followed in 1955, completing the first generation of cars. Their successor was the W113 series SL which proved to be more comfortable than the former and faster than the latter. 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 lefthand drive, manual 230 SL is presented in lovely red coachwork with biscuit trim and has been privately owned and loved by the current owner. Under his stewardship, he has invested a not insignificant sum of money in maintenance and upkeep to ensure this car is every bit as enjoyable to drive as it is to admire. The recent work includes new front dampers, antiroll bar rubbers, door rubbers, a new differential with correct ratios, exhaust, rear bushes, rear wheel bearings and a new spare tyre (still unused). He has also had a new battery installed with new points, distributer, condenser, ignition leads, spark plugs and a recent service with new fluids and filters. All of this work combined with a car imported from dry state Arizona in 2014 makes for very good ingredients indeed.
When first imported, this example benefitted from a new hood and was re-rimmed. A re-paint was carried out in the early 2000's whilst in America and the car presents well today; the vendor states that the car is ready to go with no known faults and even took the time to photograph the underside of the car before Waxoiling for future protection. All the lights, switches and dials appear to work as they should with even the period Becker radio working which is something of a rarity! Clearly cherished and with a vendor who would 'happily drive it to France tomorrow', this is a Pagoda that inspires confidence and comes complete with a folder of bills and invoices from the aforementioned work, largely carried out by classic car specialists Retrospective in Oxford and an MoT test certificate until August 2018. A tempting proposition and highly collectable.
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