1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032

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Lot 106
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
Registration no. LBZ 3 Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032

Sold for £ 55,000 (US$ 74,628)
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
Registration no. LBZ 3
Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
*First of the 'Pagoda' line
*Automatic transmission
*UK delivered
*Full ownership history
*Extensively restored

Footnotes

  • Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1963 as replacement for the 190 SL, the 230 SL is a landmark model which founded a sports car dynasty that would prove an enormous commercial success for Mercedes-Benz. 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. More refined than its predecessor, the 230 SL abandoned the 190 SL's four-cylinder engine in favour of a smoother 2.3-litre fuel-injected six derived from that of the 220 SE and producing 150bhp. Top speed was in excess of 120mph.

    The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL 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, as Sporting Motorist noted: 'Performances of the Mercedes-Benz range in the competition field are legendary, and we think particularly of participation in the most rugged of rallies where the cars have proved their strength and stamina beyond doubt. Soon after the 230 SL was announced, Eugen Bohringer drove one to victory in the Spa-Sofia-Liège Rally, and although competition outings are rare, this was the sort of debut one would expect from the Stuttgart factory.' Christened 'Pagoda' 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 discerning collectors.

    The Pagoda SL is one of the most elegant convertibles ever built, and this one has the 4 speed automatic transmission option and comes with a hardtop and soft top, in generally excellent condition throughout. The car was with its previous keeper for 21 years ( bill of sale included ) and has been owned by the lady vendor for the last ten years. Maintained regardless of cost, the Pagoda comes with extensive restoration/service history dating back 30-plus years, including bills totalling over £28,000 for work carried out within the last 25,000 miles. The history file also contains MoTs dating back to 1984 and service records from Mercedes-Benz specialists Bingleys totalling £11,000.

    Major works undertaken include an engine rebuild in December 1986, since when some 22,000 miles have been covered, engine is smooth running, with perfect oil pressure cold and hot. A complete body restoration in 1997 that involved fitting new front wings, rear wings, front and rear panels, inner wings, re-chromed trim, etc, etc; only some 2,000 dry miles have been covered since then. In 2005 a new mohair hood was installed and the interior refurbished with a full set of carpets and new door inner panels and seat belts (1,000 miles ago).

    A full service was carried out in July 2016 to prepare the Pagoda for sale. This included adjusting the valve clearances; setting up the fuel injection system (by 'Pagoda' expert Clive Jordan at Autochek UK); and renewing all ball joints and bushes in the throttle linkage. Other parts renewed include filters, belts, hoses, stainless clips, water pump, distributor cap, rotor arm, HT leads, points, condenser, ignition coil, spark plugs, engine oil, antifreeze, exhaust parts, wiper blades, five 'white band' H-rated tyres, and a new windscreen and rubber. In addition, the fuel tank has a new Spitfire Fuel Catalyst Pellet Bag installed, which - it is claimed - eliminates the need for liquid fuel additive every time you fill with unleaded petrol (with product guarantee, and £1,000,000 insurance cover ).

    MoT'd until July 2017, the car comes complete with a handbook, parts book, tool kit (in its original bag), jack, ratchet, wheel chock, etc and original spare wheel cover, all in excellent condition. A hardtop stand and a 'Leicht Benz' number plate - 'LBZ 3' - are included in the sale together with a Pye radio/cassette player of 1980s vintage (the car is fitted with a modern radio/CD player).

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the chassis number should read 113-042-22-018092 and is misprinted in the catalogue.
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1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113-042-22-018032
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