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Lot 242: Mercedes-Benz 230SL 'Pagoda'

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

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 hard top; the so-called 'Coup´┐Ż/Roadster' configuration. The 230SL 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 230SL on a tight short race track 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 splendid 230SL was totally restored approximately five years ago by the previous owner although unfortunately no invoices/receipts exist to confirm the extent of the work carried out. Clearly though, a restoration of high quality was completed as the vehicle presents itself in extremely good condition throughout. Described by the current vendor as being a 'delight' to drive, this SL is finished in Old English White, with black trim. The manual transmission adds to the enjoyment of an open top tourer and the prospect of driving such an elegant car on those warm balmy summer evenings awaits the new owner. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate together with a factory hard top, this 230SL 'Pagoda' is worth serious consideration for the 2012 summer motoring season.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
Lot Number242
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£30240
Condition rating0
Registration numberHTW759B
Chassis number11304220003017
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2