The 230 SL Mercedes is one of the longer lived Mercedes-Benz models, lasting in production from 1963 through to 1971 and selling almost 50,000 units. Introduced to replace the legendary 300SL cars, the immortal "Gullwing", the car had a lot to live up to, but live up to it it did! Delivering effortlessly cool looks coupled to a gutsy performance driven by the creamy smooth six cylinder engines the cars never failed to deliver in terms of refinement and appearance.
Known in Mercedes-Benz circles as the W113, this version of the SL (Literally Sports Lightweight) was developed under the auspices of Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. The lead designers were Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi, who created its distinctive, patented, slightly concave hardtop, which inspired the "Pagoda" nickname.
All models were equipped with a six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The bonnet, boot lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminum to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes gave the W113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch "fishbowl" headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the then already legendary 300 SL roadster and coupe. Even with the 2.3 L motor, it is a popular and successful representative of the pagoda series and easily achieves very good travel speeds. With this vehicle, you can move safely and comfortably in today’s traffic without stress. The solid, rigid construction, the proven, durable technology, the appropriate performance, its comfortable and safe road holding, the excellent spare parts supply and its well-known workshop friendliness can delight a future owner for many decades to come. In this condition, driving for pleasure and appreciation are inevitable.
Classic and timeless styling coupled with the panache of the 1960s and this was a car favoured by the original "Jet Set". The car we represent is an original and fair quality driver 230SL. Drivable and enjoyable for regular use, and an advantage to have an automatic as these are cruisers as opposed to sports cars. The car starts easily and idles smoothly. Regularly used throughout this ownership and with driving manners that is very good, as expected for a nice solid car.
Body: 2 Doors Convertible
Exterior: Metallic Silver
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 53200 MILES (INDICATED)
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered with 6 previous owners
History: First delivered and registered in the UK in 1967, presented in the colour combination of Silver over Black leather interior, this originally UK delivered example was imported to Hong Kong, registered in 1993. The current owner bought it in 2015, now showing 6 previous owners on VRD. The car is in a good condition throughout, showing 53,200 Miles. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.
Classic Mercedes colour combination of Silver over Black Interior with Black Canvas Soft Top.
Older restoration in a daily driver condition
Hardtop and a custom standing rack comes with the sale
Air Conditioning installed
Classic Insider condition score: 77 points out of 100
Original. An older restoration but well-kept and consistently maintained. Presents in a fair condition Metallic Silver Paint, but some imperfections and blemishes are visible. Some of the chrome exterior parts are showing signs of ageing and tarnish. The convertible top is in full working order and the car comes with a body-coloured Hardtop and a hardtop stand. Original wheels comes with fair condition and relatively fresh tires. No curb rash noted on wheels. The Interior was restored a long time ago. Non-original Radio and air conditioner fitted, a big plus. Engine bay is a bit grubby. Some rust spot were spotted from the bottom at the front wheel well, near the firewall and the passenger side floor board. Serviced annually by classic specialist. Jacking kit presented.
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BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
The much awaited Mercedes W113 230 SL Roadster took centre stage during the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. The budding 230SL was slated to replace both the 190SL and the iconic 300SL – an ominous task as the 300SL was a performance brute, but the 190SL, was nearly the opposite. The 230SL delivered perfectly, proving immediately appealing to customers seeking a charming and sporty car with clean styling and captivating details, but also offering spirited performance. The clarity and simplicity of design continued under the hood with technical advancements including Bosch fuel-injection, overhead-cam six cylinder engine, all of which delivered reliable performance. A convertible top, and substantial trunk space allowed for elegant presence and practical traveling, even over long distances. Among the many features offered in the car, several innovative safety aspects were incorporated into the unique body design including being the first sports car with a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones, industry standard today, but thoroughly new for a sports car in 1963.
This SL class broke away from the past with an extremely progressive design. However, this was no super-sports car or ordinary convertible. Instead, it was a powerful and elegant open-air two-seater model with an extremely roomy cabin and advanced safety features for the time. The hard top, with its concave curved lines, a concept designed to improve the indoor space, immediately evoked the idea of an oriental pagoda in the minds of Mercedes enthusiasts, and in the years to come, it became this model’s stylistic feature. From that moment on, the roadster became known as the “pagoda”.
The Mercedes 230 SL was also a commercial success and its mix of great features is still attracting vintage car collectors today.
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