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.
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 litre 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.
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.
This wonderful 230SL was purchased new in 1966 and subsequently restored in 2016 and is finished in a stunning Surfblau with contrasting tanned leather interior.
With invoices from this year totalling over £20,000, some of the work carried out includes a bare metal re-spray, new interior carpeting, re-chroming where necessary, re-conditioning the interior and replacing the soft top, completely new wiring loom and tuning of the engine.
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.