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.
Finished in Ivory over tanned leather interior, this wonderful and rare right-hand drive example was purchased by its current family 12 years ago. Over the years the car has received a lot of attention and most work on the car has been undertaken by Tom Heaney at Mercedes Restorations in Ulster.
The 230SL’s are considered the purest form of the W113 ‘Pagoda’ and to find a lovely family owned example, not only as a right-hand drive but also fitted with a manual gearbox, is a feat in itself. We are advised that the car is used regularly by its current custodians and ready to be enjoyed by the next.