Lot 149 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot 149 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot 149 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot Number 149
Registration YHR 473E
Chassis Number 11304210019195
Engine Number 12798110014475
Odometer reading 6,305 miles
Estimate £77,000 - £84,000
Result Sold - £86,800
  • Manual gearbox example
  • Restored to a very high standard

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1963, the 230 SL was a very different car to its predecessors. Intended as the replacement for the 190 SL, the 230 SL abandoned the four-cylinder engine in favour of a 2.3 litre fuel-injected six cylinder engine, producing 150bhp. The new engine was derived from that of the great 220 SE. The Paul Bracq penned body was an all new, stylish design which became an instant classic. Beneath the skin, the running gear was conventional Mercedes-Benz, featuring independent suspension, disc brakes on the front and rear drums. Top speed was in excess of 120mph. Soon after the 230 SL was announced, Eugen Bohringer drove one to victory in the Spa-Sofia-Liège Rally and, although competition outings are rare, this was the sort of debut one would expect from the Stuttgart factory. These SL models were amongst the most-loved sports-tourers of their day and continue to be highly sought after by collectors.

This fabulous 230 SL is finished in the striking colour combination of Signal Red with black interior and with a black hardtop. Subject to a huge restoration programme, this Mercedes-Benz presents in remarkable condition and must surely be one of the best available on the market today. The quality of the restoration work needs to be viewed in person to appreciate the workmanship. We are advised she drives as good as she looks, the 2.3 litre engine is mated to a manual gearbox. Now UK registered and supplied with a V5C registration document this Mercedes-Benz is in left hand guise;this is an opportunity to purchase one of the best Pagoda’s we have seen.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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