A complete design change for Mercedes-Benz, the 230SL followed the 190SL successes introduced in 1963 at Geneva, Technical Director Prof. Fritz Nallinger focused on increased power and safety quoting “It was our aim to create a very safe and fast sports car with high performance, which despite its sports characteristics, provides a very high degree of traveling comfort”
The 230SL is the first sports car from Mercedes to feature a rigid passenger cell, designing crumple zones and impact absorption onto the new shortened S class chassis. The rounding of the corners and new roof lines brought the nickname “Pagoda” at launch.
Our 230SL has an extensive history as one owner enjoyed it for over 37years, 25 of those in storage until his retirement. In 2010 it benefitted from mechanical and bodywork refurbishment and has covered only 1,200 miles since. Works detailed include engine rebuild, gearbox and rear axle overhaul, renewing brake lines, calipers and drums, then unleaded conversion included full sonic fuel tank clean and new fuel lines. All these works are finished with a stainless exhaust system to enhance the driving pleasure.
Body and trim were then restored by recognised coach and trim works. Although delivered to its first 1966 owner in blue, it was repainted red in 1972 by its second longstanding owner red to match his wifes car colour and has faithfully remained this colour throughout the restoration. The car remains in pristine order throughout, including the underside.