Partially restored Mercedes-Benz 230SL manufactured in 1965. Original UK delivery with desirable five main bearing 2.3 litre engine, power steering, hard and soft tops, automatic transmission.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE 1965 | COLOUR: SILVER GRAY METALLIC DB180 | INTERIOR TRIM: RED LEATHER | PRICE: SOLD
MODEL HISTORY & PRODUCTION
The W113 was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 as a replacement for its predecessors, the 190SL and 300SL. The 280SL variant was introduced in December 1967 with production continuing until February 1971
Recognised by its clean, straight lines and large Mercedes-Benz star in the grille, the W113 was available as a coupé, or convertible with either a hard top or soft folding roof. It had virtually nothing in common with its predecessors, with its chassis based on that of the 220SE (W111) saloon, with modifications to be tauter, offering a sportier feel. The relatively tall nature of the roof made it quite easy to get in and out of, and the inwardly facing curvature of the roofline sparked many analogies with Far Eastern Temples – coining the term ‘Pagoda’.
The bonnet was styled with a slight bulge to accommodate the straight six-cylinder engine, again developed from that in the saloon. Developing 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) and 244 nm of torque, the 2.8 litre unit with multi-port fuel injection produced more than adequate power with a very smooth delivery. The transmission was either the standard four-speed manual or four-speed automatic
The W113 was the first ever sports car to come with a ‘safety body’. It had a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones with impact-absorbing front and rear sections built into the vehicle structure. With recirculating ball steering, a dual-circuit brake system, gas-filled shock absorbers and radial ply tyres, it offered a sporty feeling with exceptional handling due to its taut chassis, but also a very compliant ride too.
The W113 proved to be a sound foundation for all subsequent SLs: An exceptional blend of good performance with the highest levels of comfort.
Available for viewing at our workshop with most parts to complete available with the vehicle, which includes recent new paintwork, new re-trim and re-chrome plating of all parts on the bodyshell, interior and hard top. Extensive work and money spent with engine and axle rebuilt a few years ago when its current owner decided upon a colour change.
This 230SL is unmistakeably the best on offer in the market and can be bought as is or completed at additional cost.
Orignal Great Britain delivery with its original factory matching engine, with a recent colour change from Dark Green and Cognac to Silver Gray metallic with Red leather interior trim and Red carpets with Burgundy soft top and colour coordinating hard top.
History file consists of original hand book in its original plastic pouch, 230SL parts catalogue, original engine bay electrics card, Becker autoradio manual, MB 230SL marketing leaflet, MOTs dating back to the 1980s and current and period service, parts and restoration invoices.
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This vehicle is available for viewing in the UK on an appointment basis, and would suit an enthusiast or collector with whom this vehicle will represent a good acquisition opportunity.
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