1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764

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Lot 15
Exquisitely Restored Example
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL

Sold for US$ 126,500 inc. premium
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL

Chassis no. 113042.10.010396
Engine no. 127981.10.008764

2,308cc SOHC Inline 6-cylinder
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
150bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Front Disc - Rear Drum Brakes


*Matching numbers example
*Fresh, rotisserie restoration
*Refinished in its original color of Glazing Maroon
*Includes its original hardtop
*Desirable 4-speed manual transmission



THE MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL

In 1963, production of both the 300SL and 190SL came to an end. Mercedes-Benz needed a successor to carry the SL name forward. Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1963, the 230SL was created as that successor. Though the 230SL is more spiritual successor than direct descendant, it is a landmark model, which founded a sports car dynasty that would prove an enormous commercial success for Mercedes-Benz. Departing from the traditional Mercedes styling cues of rounded, sweeping lines, the 230SL was far squarer, with its design being modern and elegant. Beyond just aesthetically pleasing, proportioned placement of the wheels, and a tall 'pagoda' removable hardtop allowed for easy access, comfortable driving, and great visibility.

Though it was easy to see the world outside the car, the view inside was remarkable as well. The cabin presented plush supportive seats, big, readable gauges, a Blaupunkt radio, and fine quality craftsmanship, as had become standard on all Mercedes-Benz cars, throughout. An instant classic! And while the body design was entirely new, beneath the skin the running gear was conventional Mercedes-Benz, featuring a monocoque chassis derived from the 220 sedan, all-round independent suspension (by swing axles at the rear), Girling front disc brakes, power-assisted rear drums, and choice of a four-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 230SL abandoned its predecessor's four-cylinder engine in favor of a 2.3-litre, Bosch fuel-injected, overhead-cam inline six derivative from that of the 220SE producing 150bhp. 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 arduous 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.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Produced in April of 1965, this 230SL was the recipient of a recent and remarkable restoration. Undertaken in Germany by highly regarded SL Classics, this car received a rotisserie, nut-and-bolt restoration. Refinished in its original and stunning color of Glazing Maroon and fitted with the more appropriate Parchment interior this car now looks better than the day it rolled off the assembly line. It features the desirable 4-speed manual transmission, its original, color-matching hardtop, and a tool roll.

Upon close inspection, it is apparent that only the finest parts and materials were used during the restoration, and this 230SL appears ready for concours displays, or fair-weather drives and tours. The high build-quality of these fine Mercedes-Benz automobiles, combined with the wonderful support from the factory's own Mercedes-Benz Classic Centers around the world, make ownership enjoyable and hassle free.

The 230SL was the first of a series of important sports-tourers for Mercedes-Benz, from its 300SL lineage to its groundbreaking styling; the 230SL is a tasteful and intelligent car with proper heritage. Given this car's recent restoration and unique color, finding a comparable example will be forbidding.
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1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL  Chassis no. 113042.10.010396 Engine no. 127981.10.008764
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