Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1963 as replacement for the 190SL, the 230SL abandoned its predecessor’s four-cylinder engine in favor of a 2.3-liter fuel-injected six 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.
Top speed was in excess of 120mph. The 230SL even managed a debut competition victory, winning the Spa-Sofia-Liège Rally in the hands of Eugen Bohringer.
Christened ‘pagoda top’ after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and continue to be highly sought after by collectors.
This lovely 230SL comes directly from a Spanish collection and is presented in white with a wonderful blue interior. Both body and mechanics are in excellent condition. Offered with both its hard and soft tops, jack and tool kit, and a huge host of bills and receipts.
Mercedes -Benz convertibles of all stripes have been on a rising tide and W113 Pagodas such as this automatic 230SL are some of the most enjoyable and usable cars out there.