Lot 181 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot 181 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot 181 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot Number 181
Registration DHJ 505B
Chassis Number 11304220003151
Engine Number 12798422003081
Odometer reading 35,487 miles
Result Sold
  • 14 year ownership by vendor
  • Maintenance by marque specialists Roger Edwards
  • Rare colour combination
  • Fitted with £3,000 Becker Mexico retro stereo

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 also equipped with independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly improved road handling. These SL’s were typically sold with a soft top and an optional removable hardtop; the so-called ‘Coupé/Roadster’ configuration. The 230 SL 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 racetrack near Montreux in 1963 where he put up a best lap time of 47.5 seconds and, incidentally, out-performed Mike Parkes in his three litre V12 Ferrari 250GT.

The vendor for this delightful Pagoda tells us that he first saw the car on the cover of Classic and Sports Car magazine and decided it would be an ideal present for his wife’s 40th birthday. He was right and she was over the moon when the car arrived from the Silchester Garage. During their 14-year tenure the car has covered a mere 2,000 miles. Most of these journeys were short trips to the local village or car shows and once a year it went on a pilgrimage to Goodwood. This Mercedes has been well looked after by leading Pagoda specialists, Roger Edwards of Amersham with receipts totalling over £6,000 on nine services. Although not documented, we are also informed that £3,000 was spent on a gearbox rebuild and £2,400 on the removal of two small rust spots. This stunning Pagoda also benefits from a desirable Becker Mexico Retro design stereo. Offered to auction with a desirable factory hardtop, service invoices, previous MoT test certificates and even a framed copy of the cover of Classic and Sports Car that started the vendors ownership.

 

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