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Lot 434: Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

A convertible-with-hardtop model finished in Signal Red with cream leather interior, this car is a right-hand drive example of the 230SL, a landmark model which founded a sports car dynasty that would prove an enormous commercial success for Mercedes-Benz. Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1963 as replacement for the 190SL, the 230SL abandoned its predecessor's four-cylinder engine in favour of a 2.3-litre fuel-injected six derived from that of the 220SE and producing 150bhp. An instant classic, the body design was all-new while beneath the skin the running gear was conventional Mercedes-Benz, featuring all-round independent suspension (by swing axles at the rear), disc front/drum rear brakes and a choice of four-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Top speed was in excess of 120mph. Christened 'pagoda top' after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and continue to be highly sought after by collectors. This manual transmission 230SL has had only six owners from new (all documented). Purchased by the current vendor in January 2010, the car had been the subject of a full strip-down and repair of the body/chassis circa 1990 while in the hands of its fourth owner, John Perry, a garage proprietor and classic car collector. The next owner, Rick Nokes, bought the Mercedes in February 2000 and had the engine rebuilt and various other mechanicals overhauled (see email printout on file). During the vendor's ownership the interior has been completely re-upholstered to correct specification and a new hood fitted by Mercedes-Benz specialist, D Class. Expired MoTs on file record the mileage increasing from 96,800 in 1999 to 99,350 currently, a distance of only 2,550 miles in 14 years. All bills dating from 1999 onwards are in the history file together with a quantity of old tax discs. Representing a rare opportunity to acquire a well-maintained 230SL, little used since restoration, 'EGF 544B' is offered with the aforementioned documentation, owner's handbook, manufacturer's brochure, press reports, current road fund licence, Swansea V5C and fresh MoT. The provision of inertia reel seatbelts is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number434
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£33350
Year1964
Condition rating2
Registration numberEGF 544B
Mileage-
Chassis number11304220005744
Engine number1279812005141
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors