1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop

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1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop

Sold for £ 87,740 (US$ 110,458) inc. premium
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
Registration no. 000 88D
*Landmark, first-of-the-line model
*Right-hand drive, UK car
*Automatic transmission
*Restored by Roger Edwards
*Circa 47,000 miles from new

Footnotes

  • A convertible model finished in silver with red leather interior, this car is a right-hand drive example of the 230 SL, a landmark model that founded a sports car dynasty that would prove an enormous commercial success for Mercedes-Benz. Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1963 as replacement for the 190 SL, the 230 SL abandoned its predecessor's four-cylinder engine in favour of a more refined 2.3-litre fuel-injected six derived from that of the 220 SE and producing 150bhp.

    An all-new design, the unitary chassis/body was one of the first to incorporate impact-absorbing 'crumple zones' at front and rear. An instant classic, it featured upright 'fishbowl' headlights and a simple chrome grille with Mercedes' three-pointed star in the centre - a direct reference to the already legendary 300 SL. 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. Christened 'Pagoda' after their distinctive cabin shape, these Mercedes-Benz SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and continue to be highly sought after by collectors.

    This automatic transmission 230 SL has had five owners, although as the current vendor has owned it twice it is really a four-owner car. The vendor owned the Mercedes for many years in the 1990s and reacquired it in 2003. He first bought the car from its original lady owner, who only sold it as she was getting too old to drive. The 230 SL had covered 32,000 miles at that time and was the best that could be found. This example is a right-hand drive UK car, and when purchased still had its original stickers in place (since lost in refurbishment).

    The engine and bodywork have been restored by marque specialist, Roger Edwards. 'OOO 88D' has been repainted in is original silver colour, while the interior trim has been changed from black MB-Tex to red leather. Since restoration, the car has been serviced every year by Schmidt Mercedes in London, and has been kept garaged. Only sold to make way for another classic, this user-friendly and fast-appreciating post-war Mercedes comes with service history, current MoT certificate, a V5C document, and its original books and manuals.

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised that the registration in the catalogue is incorrect and should read 'OOO 88D', and the chassis number is 113.042-22-013 654.
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1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
1965 Mercedes 230 SL Convertible with Hardtop
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