In March 1963 the 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 engineering integrity, together with elegance and practicality, made the pagoda top SL cars 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.
This beautiful Mercedes-Benz 230 SL is a European car delivered February 1964 with the desirable manual transmission. Presented in off-white (050) with a wine-red (573) hardtop this ‘Pagode’ was recently sympathetically restored conserving originality where possible. All mechanical parts were overhauled or renewed and the interior refreshed while maintaining original features like the Becker radio. There is a new black ‘Sonnenland’ soft top and there are many invoices and photos of the restoration in the history file.
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