Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 230SL (W113) was ahead of its time in both performance and comfort. The iconic dished “Pagoda” roof was a masterstroke of design from the legendary Paul Bracq. With cast-aluminum door shells, alloy bonnet, bootlid, hood cover and door skins, it was a car built to standards far exceeding that of its competitors. The squarer shape was a striking contrast to the more rounded cars that Mercedes had previously been known for. While glamorous and expensive, it was also able to prove its worth as a lightweight sports car by winning the 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liège endurance rally. Production of the 230SL ran through 1967.
The 230SL is powered by a 2.3L M127 inline six-cylinder backed by a floor-shift automatic transmission. These cars used a monocoque chassis like its 220 series sedan siblings. The front suspension consists of coils and wishbones, while the rear has a single-pivot swing axle and traverse springs. This helps to compensate for camber. The front of the car sports disc brakes with drums in the rear.
The striking red exterior is complemented by a black convertible top, as well as a red hard top and a black interior. The seats have been reupholstered in leather rather than the original vinyl. The work was completed by a former Mercedes-Benz factory upholsterer in the Winter of 2017-18. While the car has had one repaint, and the seats reupholstered, the rest remains largely original, and it is no wonder why as it has only 22,100 miles on the odometer (35,566 kilometers).
Purchased by the seller in 2017 from a friend whose uncle owned a Mercedes dealership in British Columbia. It was imported from California in the 1980s as one two 230SLs for their respective daughters. It was driven until the early 2000s when it was parked in the family garage. It remained there for 15 years until the owner decided to sell it after the death of her father. After being purchased by the seller it was treated to a mechanical refresh that included a fuel system flush, new exhaust, shocks, hoses, and a tune up. A new stereo was also installed at that time. This 230SL is the perfect driving and touring car or if the fancy strikes a wonderful full restoration candidate.