Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1963 as replacement for the 190SL, the 230SL is a landmark model which founded a sports car dynasty that would prove an enormous commercial success for Mercedes-Benz The 230SL abandoned its predecessor's four-cylinder engine in favour of a 2.3-litre fuel-injected six derived from that of the 220SE and producing 150bhp. An instant classic, the body design was entirely 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 Mercedes-Benz 230SL was owned by countless film stars and celebrities, becoming one of the iconic sports cars of the 1960s, and even managed a debut competition victory in the Spa-Sofia-Liège Rally. 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 particular 230SL has been the subject of a most extensive restoration to a very high standard carried out by a classic Mercedes-Benz specialist in 2009/2010. A right-hand drive model equipped with automatic transmission and power steering, the car was bought by the current vendor for its superb mechanicals and remarkably rust-free original bodyshell. He then decided to embark on a complete restoration to bring the car up to 'as new' standard. Throughout the restoration process care was taken to preserve the original panel work and keep the factory under-body sealer, thus maximising originality. The 230SL was subject to a bare metal repaint in Mercedes-Benz silver (LF744) while the under-pinnings were finished in satin black as they would have been originally. Mechanically the car is described as perfect, having received a new Mercedes-Benz-supplied engine in 1986, since when it has covered only 23,000 miles (see accompanying history). Running gear and auxiliary components have been removed and restored, and the engine parts correctly zinc plated. It is worthwhile noting that the gearbox carries a Mercedes-Benz reconditioning stamp. The tyres and stainless steel exhaust system are new and the suspension is in perfect order. Indeed, the owner assures us that the car drives as if it had just rolled off the production line. All the chromework, including the hardtop's, has been restored by S&T Electroplaters of Bristol, regarded as among the best in the UK. The hood and headlining are both new, as is the dashboard's surrounding woodwork. The interior leather re-trim was undertaken by Aldridge Trimming of Wolverhampton. Rubber seals have been renewed throughout and a new windscreen fitted. Representing an opportunity to own one of the finest 'Pagodas' currently available, 'OBY 48D' is offered with current MoT/tax, Swansea V5 registration document and an extensive history file containing numerous restoration photographs and invoices totalling some £60,000. A Becker Europa radio/cassette is the only notified deviation from factory specification.