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The second generation of the SL series began with the 230 of 1963. Designed by Paul Bracq, its wonderfully crisp styling clothed a monocoque chassis equipped with all round independent suspension, power assisted disc/drum brakes, recirculating ball steering and a 2306cc straight six engine of 150bhp and 145 lb ft of torque mated to either a four-speed manual or automatic transmission. The car was an international hit for Mercedes-Benz throughout the 1960s and has remained hugely popular amongst film stars, musicians and enthusiasts ever since. According to an official copy of the Mercedes-Benz data card, this early 230 SL Pagoda was ordered in 1963 and first registered in the UK on 7th April 1964. Factory specification details an exterior colour of White Grey with a medium red interior. Additional features included a factory hard top and optional paint protection. The car today, has been enjoyed by nine former custodians and has just emerged from a comprehensive body and trim restoration, all finished to a very high standard. The exterior has been painted in a slightly darker shade of grey with a stunning red interior which has been beautifully re-trimmed. All the chrome work looks superb and the shut lines and underside reflect the huge amount of recent expenditure that has been lavished on this Pagoda. Mechanically, the car will come to the auction freshly serviced and is available for pre-sale inspections. Recently fitted with stainless steel exhausts, this manual gearbox car is equipped with a 250SL head and is supplied with a desirable hard top and its bespoke stand. This beautiful, UK-delivered, 230 SL would make an ideal classic car proposition and looks wonderful in any environment.