|The Mercedes-Benz 230SL (W 113 ) was introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, and produced from 1963 through 1971. It replaced both the legendary 300 SL and the 190 SL.
The W 113 SL was designed by Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi, who created its distinctive, patented, slightly concave hardtop, which inspired the “Pagoda” nickname.
All models were equipped with an inline-six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection the 230 producing around 150 Bhp.The bonnet, trunk lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminum to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tires gave the W 113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch “fishbowl” headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the then already legendary 300 SL roadster.
This stunning example was originally exported and used in the USA until 2004 when it was imported into the UK.
Although well preserved she was then subjected to a high class restoration including work at the world renowned Silchester Garage, full mechanical rebuild and incredible concours standard detailing.
In addition to many concours wins she has also been featured in classic car magazine articles and is well known to be one of the best examples in the UK.
There is a lovely history file including original handbooks and all tools are also available.
The standard of paintwork,interior detailing and underbonnet is the best we have ever seen on a Pagoda and although detailed around 2006 still remains in perfect condition probably assisted because the last owner never drove her in inclement weather.
On the road performance is brisk and lively with handling belying the fact she is 50 years old !
You can drive this car anywhere with absolute confidence and she will never fail to impress.
The hard and soft tops are as new and there is even a Becker radio with sat nav fitted.
Supplied fully inspected,serviced with a comprehensive 12 month warranty.