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Lot 093: Mercedes-Benz 230SL 'Pagoda'

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

AMENDMENT: This car now has an MOT until November 2014. Without doubt one of the prettiest roadsters ever made, the Pagoda SL is also superbly well built and is one of those rare classics that you can genuinely use every day. Launched in 1963, the W113 class (as it was properly known) eventually spanned three engine sizes, all fuel-injected: the initial 150bhp 2.3-litre; the similarly powerful 2.5 in 1966 and the 170bhp 2.8-litre in 1967. Suspension was by double wishbones and coil springs at the front, with a coil-sprung swing axle at the rear. All cars had front disc brakes (and rear on the 280) with power steering from 1964 onwards, and all models were capable of over 110mph. All looked identical with a low waistline, wide stance, fishbowl headlamps and big curved greenhouse windows topped with that distinctive dished removable hardtop  hence the 'Pagoda' name. The styling perfectly sums up the car, being elegant yet muscular and sporty yet immensely solid, a rare combination of virtues which make it a timeless beauty that is always highly sought after. More than just a pretty face, a 230SL Manual was driven to victory in one of Europe's toughest rallies, the Spa-Sophia-Liege in 1963. Although everyone assumes that the bigger engined 280 must be the SL to have, those in the know will tell you that the 230 is actually a nicer car to drive being virtually as quick but noticeably smoother and lighter with more nimble handling. This particular 230 was bought new by a Mr Rickett of Kings Langley in April 1964 and according to the V5 it has only had one other keeper since, the current registered keeper acquiring the car in 1997 and putting it into the name of his business in 2012. A nice early car with a manual gearbox and running on carburettors rather than the fuel injection of later models, it still retains its original black hardtop which is in good condition and has also recently been fitted with a new soft top. Appearing to be in very sound condition throughout (including the underside which we inspected on a ramp), it was treated to a brake and suspension overhaul in 2011 including new shock absorbers all round and new track rod ends. A stainless steel exhaust and a new battery were also fitted at around the same time. Said to drive very well and due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, it comes with a fair amount of service history including the original service book which is stamped 13 times up to March 1973 at 67,400 miles, the current indicated mileage being 99,100. Altogether a very smart and attractive looking car with seemingly just two owners from new which is ready for immediate use.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
Lot Number093
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£28000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
Registration numberBFW 113B
Chassis number113016220002541
Engine number12798120002261
Engine capacity (cc)2306
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2