Lot 263 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||22,298 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £75,000|
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 nick-name. 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.
We are delighted to present this fine 1966 example of the marque. Originally supplied to the USA, this 230 SL was imported into the UK in 2016 and has recorded a warranted 22298 miles. Presented in Signal Red with a contrasting tan leather interior, this SL looks very smart with excellent panel gaps and benefits from a cosmetic and mechanical restoration in the USA during 2015. It is understood that a lady in Dallas was the first owner who then sold the car to a private collector about 3 years ago before it was acquired and imported into the UK by the current owner. The SL comes with air conditioning, a Pagoda hardtop and still carries its original jack and tools. The history file includes the service book, UK V5 registration document and we are advised, that the SL will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate. On a recent test, our tester reports that the engine started easily and ran remarkably smoothly.
If you are seeking an original and classic Mercedes-Benz then look no further as this low mileage, up-market and quality sports tourer certainly ticks all the boxes. With SL prices firming over recent times, we would advise any potential buyers of this model not to hesitate too long.
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.