Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1963 as replacement for the 190SL, the 230SL abandoned its predecessor’s four-cylinder engine in favour of a 2.3 liter fuel-injected six cylinder engine derived from that of the 220SE and producing 150bhp. An instant classic, the body design was all-new while beneath the skin the running gear was conventional Mercedes-Benz, featuring all-round independent suspension (by swing axles at the rear), disc front/drum rear brakes and a choice of four-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
With a top speed in excess of 120mph, the 230SL debuted competition victory and ended up winning the Spa-Sofia-Liège Rally in the hands of Eugen Bohringer.
In current ownership for now 9 years, this nice very original Right Hand Drive example is presented in good order in all respects, supported by a detailed history file of ownership including service and maintenance records over many years evidencing the car has been properly maintained by correct specialists. We understand this attractive yet reliable matching numbers example has just passed a UK MoT in February this year. Offered with the original hardtop and rare california rear side-seat, carefully stored in the dry when not in use, this lovely SL is a true credit to its owner and a tempting prospect for the collector.