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 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 Dutch registered car has been well maintained and loved by the previous owner, and is said to drive very well. Usefully the SL is supplied with a Pagoda hardtop. Mercedes-Benz convertibles of all kinds have been on a rise for some time, and W113 Pagodas such as this 230SL are some of the most enjoyable and usable cars out there.
Finished in a stunning shade of Ivory with a contrasting black leather interior, and supplied in good condition in all respects, in the world of the W113 Pagoda we feel this is a very safe bet.