Lot 194 - 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
|Odometer reading||93,663 km|
|Estimate||£37,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £49,280|
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.
This impressive 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster has benefitted from some noticeable tlc. The recently refreshed paintwork is in good order and presents well in white with a hardtop contrasting in black. The trim is impressive, and the car fired up on request. Offered to auction with a V5C registration document and a file containing various bills and receipts, this Pagoda Mercedes is keenly priced. These SL models were amongst the most-loved sports-tourers of their day and continue to be highly sought after by collectors and have recently seen a marked increase in values.
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