Mercedes SL Class SL W113 230SL PagodaPetrol, Automatic, Tunis Beige metallic DB462, 81,404 miles

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  • Body: Convertible
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Mileage: 81,404
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Registered: 1966 (D)
  • Doors: 2
  • Engine Size: 2.3

Replacing the 4 cylinder 190SL in 1963 the W113 SL models were a leap ahead in technology for Mercedes. All models were equipped with a 6 cylinder engine with mechanical fuel injection. Originally this was 2,300cc then for one year only 2,500cc then finally 2,800cc. The bonnet, boot, doors and soft top cover were made of aluminium to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tyres gave the W113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three pointed star, paid homage to the already legendary 300SL roadster. Also for the first time, power assisted steering and automatic transmissions were both available as factory options making for a great driving pleasure still to this day.

On offer is this beautiful rare RHD 230SL model fitted with the optional automatic transmission and power assisted steering. Manufactured in July 1966 and registered in October of the same year the car retains its original colour of DB462 Tunis Beige metallic, the engine has matching numbers to the original factory Datacard within the cars history file. Supplied with the optional matching colour hardtop and a brown soft top the interior benefits from high quality perforated black leather seats and grey square weave carpets.

The current mileage on this car is 81,404 which we believe to be correct and commensurate with the 33 old MOT certificates and service history going back to 1981 when the mileage was just 31,796 and still being enjoyed by its second owner. Copies of all registration documents are within the large file which shows how well the car has been cared for. The previous lady owner of the car spent considerable amounts on the car both mechanically and cosmetically as she regularly toured long distance and reliability was of utmost importance. Evident within the history file are over £11,000 of invoices on cosmetic improvements between 2010 and 2013 with renowned Mercedes specialist Gratt Motors in the North West of England. Over £3,000 was also spent mechanically with Greenvale Mercedes Specialists to ensure reliability on these long trips. I actually met the lady in Germany in 2013 at the Pagoda’s 50th Birthday celebrations so it was obviously money well spent! Since she decided to sell the car in 2016, the current engineer owner also wished to tour Europe in the car and continued to make improvements prior to the journey. Not exhausting the list completely, he fully overhauled the brakes and suspension, had the gearbox overhauled, replaced the fuel injectors, fitted electronic ignition and replaced the water pump and hoses.

On the road the car is just fabulous, there is no soggy suspension and it feels quite firm for one of these models. The gearbox changes up and down very well with no noises and the kickdown works well. The brakes and steering are both dead straight ahead with no judder or vibration and even the indicators self cancel!

The car is of a stunning but useable condition that’s more than well sorted and represents superb value for money for a right hand drive car that begs to be used and enjoyed as intended. Some say the 230SL is the poor relation to the 280SL and this is quite possibly true but does it really matter? Performance may be a little less sprightly perhaps, although this one goes very well indeed, but the early cars had so much more character with more chrome and less plastic than the later cars and a good one should not be dismissed. If you want to compare drivability between a 230 and a 280 I can assist as I have both available to drive.

Please enjoy the photos and videos of the car on our website and if you are interested get in touch. We do invite any inspections and delivery anywhere can be arranged.

To see a video presentation of the car please go to: https://youtu.be/0bd42cqO11g