Lot 162 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot 162 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot 162 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

Lot Number 162
Registration BOE 126B
Chassis Number 11304212005097
Engine Number 127981-12-000767
Odometer reading 97,669 miles
Estimate £46,000 - £56,000

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 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.

This example was imported and first registered in the UK in January 2014 and was acquired by the current vendor since 8th June 2015. Residing in the current vendors private collection this 230SL is presented in green paintwork over a tan leather interior and has been maintained where necessary. Offered with a history file containing various sundry bills and invoices and the current UK registration document. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Consignor, Daniel Godin

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