1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL 4 spd Manual Roadster

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Type: Used
Year: 1967
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 230SL 4 spd Manual Roadster
Body: 2 Door Roadster Convertible
Engine Size: 2308 cc 170HP 6 cyl
Trans: 4 spd Manual
Mileage: 62838
VIN: 11304210018511
Stock: 18511
Ext Color: White
Int Color: Black

West Coast Classics are proud to present an extremely rare barn find (garage really!) of this mostly all stock and original 1967 Mercedes 230SL 'Pagoda' roadster in 'Papyrus White' color paint with a 'Black' interior with very desirable original factory options of the 4 speed manual transmission, power steering, original 'Becker Europa AM/FM' radio, factory clock, and a fairly new German matching 'Black' canvas soft top!

 
Recently purchased from its long time recent family owners who had stored the car in their garage for the last couple of years and which we recently purchased and had serviced at our preferred independent Mercedes specialists. The power brake booster and front brakes were replaced, the ignition coil and the distributor, all fluids were changed as were all drive belts. The car now runs very well with no known issues and is an absolute pleasure to drive. 

This particular example presents a wonderful opportunity for the Mercedes enthusiast to either collect and enjoy today as a superb example of a very original and stock Pagoda with desirable options or the perfect candidate to restore fully - regardless it is simply one very original and great daily driving SL for any classic car lover - the car has been repainted and the car still sports its matching hubcaps and has only very minor imperfections or flaws in the paintwork. The chrome work is all excellent and the original interior is in exceptional shape for its age, all the gauges and switches and levers are in very good shape, the original dashboard and wood is all very good and the original seats and carpets show only very minor wear. The car also boasts its original 'Becker Europa' radio and clock and a newly fitted 'Black' German canvas factory soft top.

By 1963 the 190SL (Super Light) and the 300SL Roadster were neither Super or Light and the 190SL was simply too heavy to compete with the likes of even the British MG or Triumph and completely underpowered compared to the Austin-Healeys or Jaguars. Mercedes had two choices, either return to the premise of the original 300SL and build another pure sports car or create a new grand touring sports car that would continue the reputation of the SL's as touring cars rather than super racing cars. Mercedes chose the latter with a compromise between the 190 and 300 with the introduction of the W113 platform 230SL which was a two-seat roadster/coupe, introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show and the series was continued through 1971.

Like the Gullwing before it, the 230SL had a distinguishing feature which was its removable hardtop with a distinctive dip in its center to offer tall windows to create a better balanced side view and more headroom for passengers getting in and out while still maintaining a low sporty roofline from the front and rear and which earned the car the nickname 'Pagoda' roof. It also proved an efficient way to remove rainwater and channel it away from the car. Top speed was about 115mph which was better than the 190SL but not in the same class as the 300SL.

All models were equipped with an inline-six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The hood, trunk lid, door skins and tonneau cover were all made of aluminum to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tires gave the W113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch 'fishbowl' headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid tribute to the then already legendary 300 SL roadster.

The 280 SL was introduced in December 1967 and continued in production through 23 February 1971, when the W113 was replaced by its successor, the entirely new and substantially heavier R107 350 SL. Over the years, the W113 evolved from a sports car into a comfortable grand tourer and US models were by then usually equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission and air conditioning. In Europe, manual transmissions without air conditioning were still the predominant choice.

 

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