1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 217
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
Registration no. LWY 43D Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736

Sold for £ 69,000 (US$ 91,961) inc. premium
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
Registration no. LWY 43D
Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736

* Delivered new to the UK
* Rare right-hand drive model
* Automatic transmission
* Restored in 2012


Footnotes

  • Finished in white with black leather interior, this car is an automatic transmission 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 2.3-litre fuel-injected six derived from that of the 220 SE 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 refined 230 SL 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 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 - devised by French automotive designer and classic car enthusiast, Paul Bracq - these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and remain highly sought after by collectors.

    The 230 SL offered here was delivered new to the UK and is a rare original right-hand drive model. Noteworthy features include power assisted steering and a factory third seat. 'LWY 43D' has had only two previous keepers and there is a 2013 letter on file from the second – a Dr Firth – testifying to the "very little mileage". The odometer reads 24,878 miles which we cannot confirm but believe to be genuine. Restored in 2012, the car is described by the vendor as in good condition throughout. Offered with a V5C document.
Contacts
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL   Chassis no. 113.042-22-015736
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price; 25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000; 20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000; and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £500,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £500,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.