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Lot 078: Mercedes-Benz 230SL 'Pagoda'

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

The W113 Mercedes-Benz had a protracted birth. The management of the time realised that there was too large a gap between the heavy and rather underpowered 190 and the fabulous Gullwing 300SL. Early developments of a higher performance model were shelved whilst more important changes to the mainstream S Class range were focussed on, however the production techniques used in these models formed the basis of the wonderful Paul Bracq-designed SL roadsters, complete with their distinctive pagoda hard tops which came to market in 1963. In all, by 1971, nearly 49,000 had been made, gaining increasing amounts of power as the years passed thanks to larger engines using the multi-port mechanical fuel-injection technology carried across from the Mercedes-Benz diesel engines.

Originally registered AVH 409A in April 1964, this 230SL automatic has had 5 owners in its life, the current one purchasing it in 1983, using it for a very short period before deciding to restore the car to its former glory. Clearly this didn't get very far and the car was put at the back of the barn for another day. Recently unearthed, it is undoubtedly a major project, albeit one that will be well worth the effort. Complete with hard top, it has the potential to be a prime example of this iconic '60s roadster, especially as so many panels and small parts can be sourced as 'genuine parts' directly from Mercedes-Benz. Prospective bidders are strongly advised to view the car in person to assess the amount of work required, as it needs rather more than just a 'quick bit of filler' for the summer! It is being offered here entirely without reserve and will make a most rewarding project for someone.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number078
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£7800
Condition rating0
Registration numberSRN 606
Chassis number11304220002694
Engine number12798122005059
Engine capacity (cc)2306
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors