1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304212011961
Lot 94
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster with Hardtop
€ 50,000 - 60,000
US$ 61,000 - 74,000
To be sold without reserve

Withdrawn
Lot Details
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster with Hardtop
Chassis no. 11304212011961
•Final production year example
•Recent extensive restoration
•Engine freshly overhauled


Finished in red with black leather interior, this car is an automatic-transmission example of the 230SL, 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 190SL, 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 all-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 230SL 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 230SL was announced, Eugen Böhringer 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 collectors.

Dating from the final year of production, this 230 SL is believed to have been supplied new to California, USA; it is an example of the 'roadster with hardtop' model (there is no soft-top) popular in that particular market. In 2015 the Mercedes was treated to a 'body off' restoration, undertaken in Romania by High Class Auto of Bucharest. A photographic record of the work is on file. High Class Auto are presently carrying out a complete overhaul of the engine, which will have been reinstalled by time of sale. Described by the private vendor as in generally good condition, the car comes complete with a California Certificate of Title, and the original owner's manual and service booklet in their original Mercedes-Benz wallet. EU import duties have been paid.

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