The 230SL even managed a debut competition victory, as Sporting Motorist noted: ‘Performances of the Mercedes-Benz range in the competition field are legendary, and we think particularly of participation in the most rugged of rallies where the cars have proved their strength and stamina beyond doubt. Soon after the 230SL was announced, Eugen Bohringer drove one to victory in the Spa-Sofia-Liège Rally, and although competition outings are rare, this was the sort of debut one would expect from the Stuttgart factory.’ 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 rare manual transmission 230SL was purchased new in 1966. Restored in 2016 the car has remained part of a well-known French private collection in Nice for many years. Its condition can only be described as excellent, with its resplendent Riviera Blue coachwork gleaming over its equally stunning beige interior. Equipped with Borrani wire wheels , the car has an aggressive stance, whilst the more sporting manual gearbox offers an exceptional driving experience.
Cette rare 230 SL à transmission manuelle a été achetée en 1966. Restaurée en 2016 cette voiture faisait partie de la collection privée d’un Français bien connu à Nice. Elle est en excellent état avec sa carrosserie Bleu Riviera resplissant sur son intérieur beige. La voiture a une allure aggressive, alors que la boite de vitesses manuelle offre une exceptionnelle expérience de conduite.