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Lot 423: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Pagoda

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

In March 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 230SL made its debut at the Geneva Show, replacing the much acclaimed 190SL and 300SL models. Like its 190SL predecessor, its mechanical elements were derived from a contemporary saloon, in this instance the popular 220SE model. The 230SL's 2.3 litre engine was an enlarged version of its fuel injected six cylinder overhead camshaft unit and there was the option of automatic or manual transmission. Suspension was all independent with a low pivot swing axle at the rear. Mercedes-Benz engineering integrity, together with elegance and practicality, made the 'pagoda' top SL among the most distinctive designs of the era, in closed form offering handsome proportions and coupé-like comfort and with the hard top removed offering lively open-top performance. It is largely thanks to these attributes that they remain so universally popular today and command such a large market following.Described as being in very good condition throughout by the vendor, FPN 739C has undergone a full repaint in Orient Red. Combined with a full gearbox overhaul costing in excess of £1,800, including a brand new torque converter, this is a car with integrity. The paperwork includes English registration documents, a number of expired MoT test certificates, green log book and a history file with brochures. These cars are extremely popular now as born out by our recent 100% 'pagoda' sales record.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number423
Estimate£12000-£16000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£15527
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1965
Condition rating
Registration numberFPN 739C
Mileage-
Chassis number11304222013585
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors