Wed, 14th Oct 2020 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 83

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

Sold for £41,667

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: KKH783D
Chassis No: 10015593
MOT: Exempt

  • Finished in the attractive colour combination of Silver matched to a Black interior
  • Retrimmed interior, new mohair hood and offered with hard top
  • Benefitting from mechanical fettling including new brake pipes and servicing
  • Subject to a bodywork restoration and repaint and long term previous ownership

The ‘Pagoda’ SLs are among the most enduring of collectors’ classics, thanks to the combination of timeless styling and unquestionable build quality. The exceedingly handsome lefthand drive example now offered has benefited from spending the majority of its life in the dry climate of sunny California, and records show it was in the same ownership from 1996 until imported to the UK in 2014, in running but scruffy condition following a period of dry storage. It is apparent that a significant degree of recommissioning has recently taken place. The work has included: the replacement of sills, floor sections and lower wings, and the whole car being treated to an engine out, bare metal respray in Silver. The Black interior benefits from new carpets, seat covers and door trims, and the Mercedes comes complete with new mohair hood and colour-matched hardtop. Thirty miles of testing have revealed a few remaining issues including jumping out of forth gear on overrun, but the car’s potential is self-evident.

PLEASE NOTE: The vendor informs us that he used this lot over the weekend and once the engine was hot the vehicle failed to start until the engine had cooled.


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