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|1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda|
The Paul Bracq-designed Mercedes-Benz 113 series succeeded both the 190SL and
the 300SL, and made its public debut at the 1963 Geneva Auto Show. The first model,
the 230SL, was a comfortable, well-equipped and compact two-seat sports touring
machine that provided better performance than the 190SL. Instantly recognizable by
virtue of their unique and strong detachable hardtop design, the cars were colloquially
known as “Pagodas”
Production of the 230 SL commenced in June 1963, its chassis was based on the W111 sedan platform, with a reduced wheelbase by 30 cm (11.8 in), recirculating ball steering with optional power steering which our car is fitted with, double wishbone front suspension and an independent single-joint, low-pivot swing rear-axle with transverse compensator spring. The dual-circuit brake system had front disc brakes and power-assisted rear drum brakes. The 230 SL was offered with a 4-speed manual transmission, or an optional, very responsive fluid coupled (no torque converter) 4-speed automatic transmission, which again our car is fitted with.
The 2,308 cc M127.II inline-six engine with 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) and 196 N•m (145 lb•ft) torque was based on the venerable M180 inline-six with four main bearings and mechanical Bosch multi-port fuel injection. Mercedes-Benz made a number of modifications to boost its power, including increasing displacement from 2,197 cc (2.2 L), and using a completely new cylinder head with a higher compression ratio (9.3 vs. 8.7), enlarged valves and a modified camshaft. A fuel injection pump with six plungers instead of two was fitted, which allowed placing the nozzles in the cylinder head and "shooting" the fuel through the intake manifold and open valves directly into the combustion chambers.
Our car first registered in 1965, fitted with four-speed automatic transmission and
power steering complete with hard and soft tops, both very desirable features. Many
components remain original, from the chrome and hubcaps to the original Mercedes-
Benz interior and carpeting. The car runs and drives very well, comes complete with a substantial history file which include service invoices and original handbooks.
Long appreciated for its timeless style and excellent driving dynamics, this Mercedes-
Benz is both a valuable collector car and a very satisfying car to drive. Mercedes-Benz marketed this car as “the sum total of everything the Mercedes-Benz engineers have learned about high-performance sporting machinery.” Nearly four decades later the 230SL represents the finest convertible ever made by Mercedes-Benz. £49,995.00
Sold on the 15.01.2013
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