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Sold for: £58,500
Launched in 1963 to replace the underpowered 190SL and utilising some of the new manufacturing techniques being adopted in the emerging S Class, the Paul Bracq designed 230SL was proudly unveiled to an appreciative audience at the Geneva Motor Show. Remaining in production until 1971 with around 49,000 finding customers, the W113 Class, frequently referred to as the Pagoda, eventually spanned three engine sizes. Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who was as competent behind the wheel as most racing drivers, demonstrated the handling capabilities of the 230SL on a tight, short test track near Montreux in 1963, where he put up a best lap that out-performed the Ferrari 250GT. Offered here is a UK supplied, right hand drive, restored Mercedes 230SL finished in Arctic White with red trim. The extensive restoration was conducted by Malin Motor Bodies of Sheffield and included a full re-trim of the interior. At some stage in its life, the 230 engine was replaced with the 6 cylinder 250 engine and this was a common upgrade in period giving the SL a much needed ‘shot in the arm’ in terms of performance. Some of the most recent expenditure includes a comprehensive health check from the SL Shop, closely followed by an invoice of approximately £4000 for rectifying anything that was detrimental to the driving pleasure of this very pretty roadster. It does, of course, come complete with its factory hardtop finished in body colour. The original owners manual is with the car, as is the certificate for its recent MOT. These Pagodas have a timeless ‘chic’ and pride of ownership. In this condition and at this guide, it surely makes investment sense.