Sold for £67,500
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: DEY 355C
Chassis No: 113-04222010780
Successor to both the exotic race-bred 300SL 'Gullwing' Coupe and its humbler 190SL sibling, the W113 series SL proved more comfortable than the former and faster than the latter (a point emphasised by Eugen Bohringer's 1963 Liege-Sofia-Liege rally victory). First of the line, the 230SL was introduced at the March 1963 Geneva Salon. Penned by Paul Bracq, its wonderfully crisp styling clothed a monocoque chassis equipped with independent coil-sprung suspension and front disc brakes. Powered by a 2.3-litre straight-six engine mated to either four-speed manual or automatic transmission, the model was credited with 150bhp and 159lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of 124mph, it was praised by the contemporary motoring press for its performance, roadholding and refinement. Of the 48,912 W113 Series cars made between 1963 and 1971, 19,831 were 230 SLs.
This UK-specification 230 SL was delivered new in August 1965, equipped with an automatic transmission. Finished in a Cream White with a Brown hood and a Brown and Beige interior, complemented by a Brown hardtop, this rare right-hand drive car is described by the vendor as being in very good condition mechanically and good to very good cosmetically. Benefitting from a repaint and retrim in the 1990s, and much documented expenditure since, the car presents very well.
Currently showing 14,659 miles which cannot be warranted, old MOT’s dating all the way back to April 1987, recording 6,990 miles at that date, seem to indicate that the car was used very sparingly throughout its later life. This 230SL comes with a sheaf of MOT’s and invoices dating back to 1987.
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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Wed, 22nd Jun 2022
Tuesday 21st June 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 from 9am
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