In March 1963 the new generation of SL sports cars was launched with the debut of the 230 SL at the Geneva Show. This revolutionary new model replaced the now ageing 190 and 300SL models. Mercedes engineering, together with elegance and practicality, made the pagoda top SL one of the most distinctive designs of its era. In closed form it offered handsome proportions and coupé-like comfort, whilst the easy removal of the pagoda hard top turned it into an open top sports car for the summer months.
Designated the ‘Sport Leicht’, these early SL’s were designed to be one of the more sportier cars on the roads in their day.
Purchased by its current owner 6 years ago, the car was subject of a no-expense spared restoration costing in excess of €80,000. During this process the car was uprated to C36 AMG specifications, which included the engine-gearbox differential, front and rear axle, aircon, ABS, electric windows, heated seats and the list continues. A tastefully modernised, fast, reliable, economical and fun example, yet carefully undertaken so as to retain its classic and iconic design.
For anyone who is in-love with the Pagoda design yet requires the practicality of a more modern and sporty car, they need look no further! Interested parties should note that a similar example, fitted with a 4.3 AMG engine, is currently on offer by the famous German company MECHATRONIC for €299,000, making the example on offer here today very reasonably priced indeed.