Lot 324 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||42,000 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £58,000|
|Result||Sold - £78,400|
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 230 SL was first registered on the 12th June 1964 and delivered as a genuine UK RHD example. Finished in period non-metallic navy blue, with contrasting cream interior and blue carpets. The hood is trimmed in matching navy blue and the optional hard top is present and in excellent condition having been fully refurbished with new seals and chrome. This example also retains its original radio and much sought after ivory steering wheel. The bodywork was repainted some time ago, however, the paintwork remains full of lustre and presents very well. The SL was garage stored and used sparingly throughout the last owners’ tenure, he maintained and serviced to be used as a reliable classic to travel to the south of France in the summer when called upon.
This Mercedes has a total of 6 previous owners recorded, the last of which cherished the car for nearly 10 years. The history file highlights that the engine was upgraded to 250 SL specification on its 11th birthday in June 1975, carried out by a Mercedes-Benz main dealer with the log book updated accordingly. Making this 230 SL effectively a 250 SL with a manual gearbox, that some would consider as the most desirable combination of all the variations. Presented with a good supporting history folder, compiled of MoTs, purchase invoices, reports, Mercedes main dealer and or specialist service invoices dating back to 1975.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.