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 coupe-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.
For the later 250SL, the main change was the use of the 2,496 cc engine. The wider power band of the 250 SL’s engine resulted in noticeably improved performance, as the 230 SL engines rarely produced more than 143 hp.
These popular Mercedes sports cars are very much in demand today and this example is no exception. Fitted with the larger and more desirable 2.5 Litre engine from the 250SL, this originally German delivered car from 1964, has benefitted from a recent restoration, having the car repainted in 2014, using the original factory green paint code, with new brown leather upholstery and new carpets this car is now presented in fantastic overall condition, and is supplied with MOT and is tax exempt. Sold also with a hard-top, this car is not one to be missed.