The launch of the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963 caused quite a sensation: nine years after the introduction of the 300 SL (W 198) and 190 SL (W 121) sports cars in 1954, Mercedes-Benz presented the motoring world with a single successor to both these extremely successful early SL models.
Known internally as the W 113, the two-seater Roadster was characterised by its exceptional comfort, excellent performance, and exemplary handling safety. The 230 SL is the first sports car worldwide with a safety body consisting of a rigid passenger cell and front and rear crumple zones.
The roof shape earned the model series its nickname.
Stylistic sketch from Friedrich Geiger: the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL is defined by its clear and distinctive lines.Mercedes 230 SL ( Information taken from Mercedes Benz
The technical basis of the Roadster was the luxury 220 SE Saloon, better known as the “tailfin”. As the predecessor of today’s S-Class, it donated its shortened and strengthened frame floor assembly to the sports car as well as its front and rear suspension. Its engine also forms the basis for the development of the 150-hp M 127 straight six-cylinder engine, with which the new SL-series was launched on the market in 1963. The 230 SL quickly received a higher-capacity successor: at the end of 1966 the 250 SL replaced the 230 SL, which was followed by the 280 SL in 1968, the third and last variant of the W 113 to be released on the market. It featured the M 130 engine. All three SL model series were available as either a Roadster with folding soft top or as a sports car with removable Coupé roof. Alternatively, they were also available with both the removable Coupé roof and a Roadster soft top.
This 230 SL Pagode W113 was built in March 1966 shortly before the introduction of the 250 SL. It features a manual Gearbox. Originally it was painted in 181 hellbeige featuring green leather Interior. Though the Car was painted grey on the outside in a certain stage of his live, the interior stayed untouched. The Car was also upgraded with the later 280 SL engine.
The engine, transmision and pump, injections and fuel tank have been rebulid and are like new. The Interior is untouched and in ok to good condition.
The W113 still has its Hard Top as well as the soft Top. The Car runs and drives but there is definitely some work to do.
Check the pictures to get a good overview.
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230 SL, Pagode
€ 35.000 – 38.000