1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
£125,000 | Location: United Kingdom
MODEL HISTORY & PRODUCTION
The 230SL (W113) was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 as a replacement for its predecessors, the 190SL and 300SL.
Recognised by its clean, straight lines and large Mercedes-Benz star in the grille, the 230SL was available as a coupé, or convertible with either a hard top or soft folding roof. It had virtually nothing in common with it’s predecessors, with its chassis based on that of the 220SE (W111) saloon, with modifications to be more taut, offering a sportier feel. The relatively tall nature of the roof made it quite easy to get in and out of, but with the nature of its inwardly facing curvature, its many analogies with Far Eastern Temples soon made the 230SL better known as the ‘Pagoda’.
The bonnet was styled with a slight bulge to accommodate the straight six cylinder engine, again developed from that in the saloon. Developing 150 bhp (110 kW) at 5500 rpm and 196 nm of torque at 4200 rpm, the 2.3 litre unit with multi-port fuel injection produced a very smooth power delivery. Paired with the standard four-speed manual transmission, the 230SL also offered an optional extra four-speed automatic transmission too.
With recirculating ball steering, a dual-circuit brake system, gas-filled shock absorbers and radial ply tyres, it offered a sporty feeling with exceptional handling due to its taut chassis, but also a very compliant ride too. The 230SL was the first ever sports car to come with a ‘safety body’. It had a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones with impact-absorbing front and rear sections built into the vehicle structure.
The 230SL proved to be a sound foundation for all subsequent SLs: An exceptional blend of good performance with the highest levels of comfort.
THIS ACTUAL CAR
Presented in the original factory delivered colour of White paintwork, with matching hard top and complemented by Mid-Red Leather Interior, Mid-Red carpets and Mid-Red mohair soft top.
With original UK delivery, showing only five previous owners, this 230SL comes with a little history file, old MOT certificates and lots of period and current invoices. Extensive work in the hands of all owners and full body-off restoration by a Mercedes-Benz marque specialist. This vehicle comes highly recommended, and has been a pleasure to own by the last owner. Solid bodywork and sound mechanics provide for a reliable classic to UK specification. It will come tried and tested, with a full service & warranty.
Original matching numbers right hand drive with hard and soft top. Factory and standard options include:
• Manual Four Speed Transmission
• Power steering
• Rear Third Transverse Seat
A show winning car presented in immaculate condition by its current owner.