Lot 313 - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||20,594 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £63,840|
- Genuine righthand drive example
- Subject to a five year restoration
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 genuine UK righthand drive Mercedes-Benz was originally shipped to South Africa and imported into the UK in 2009. A ‘nut and bolt’ restoration took place over a five year period and as such, the car presents in excellent condition today. The silver coachwork is in good order and the red leather interior has the great combination of looking fresh but not new. The current owner has enjoyed the use of this delightfully handsome Pagoda for the last three years and has only used her in ‘dry weather conditions’, storing her in a heated garage when not in use. Recent work has been carried out by Mercedes-Benz World ensuring this 230 SL Pagoda is of the highest quality. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 4th June 2019, this Mercedes-Benz is a very useable and enjoyable classic car.
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