The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL, 250 SL and 280 SL model (W113) is a two-seat sports car that was introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show and was built from 1963 through to 1971. It replaced the iconic 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ and roadster models as well as the more affordable 190 SL roadster.
The designation ‘SL’ or ‘Super Leicht’ literally means super light, and this car was no different with the bonnet, boot lid, door skins and tonneau cover all being made from lightweight aluminium rather than steel.
Even though the 230 SL was the ‘lesser-powered’ model over the 250 and 280 SL models that followed, it doesn’t feel slow by any means. In fact, Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut demonstrated the capabilities of the 230 SL on the tight three-quarter mile Annemasse Vétraz-Monthoux race track in 1963, where he put up a best lap time of 47.5 seconds vs. the impressive 47.3 seconds by Grand Prix driver Mike Parkes in his 3-liter V12 Ferrari 250 GT.
Way ahead of its time in the combination of sporting performance and touring comfort that it offers, it seems delicate but is a masterful endurance rally car – as proven by winning the gruelling 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liège.
The recognisable and delightful 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 homage to the original and iconic 300 SL roadster.
This particular example has been lovingly enjoyed and maintained by all of its 5 private owners. Most notably the previous private owner who undertook a detailed restoration of the car. Included in the cars history folder is a photo album of restoration works, the first image is dated as of the 21st October 1995 just days after he purchased it. The photo shows the car in a sorry state in need of a full restoration which he did over a period of 14 years with invoices and images of the restoration on file. Images showing the completion of the cars restoration put the mileage at 92,300 miles meaning that since it was restored the car has only done approximately 2,000 miles.
Presented today in this lovely deep Midnight Blue (DB904) over Grey ‘M-B Tex’ interior this car stands out amongst the rest with a subtle yet elegant specification that suits this car and its 60’s body lines beautifully.
The interior presents beautifully having been barely used since it was fully re-upholstered. The car has been garaged and loved since it was restored and it shows in the cars general condition.
This example has been cared for with a money-no-object view since it was restored and as such has been maintained impeccably and runs beautifully. The owner has just had a light service carried out in January of this year which included new spark plugs and
This car has only been used on the finest of days and has always been garaged, covered and connected to a battery charger maintaining this car as well as possible.
Keeper 1 - Unknown owned it for 12 years.
Keeper 2 - E Neagle, 3 Netherton Close, Chichester – Bought the car 0n 26/10/1979 and owned for 4 years.
Keeper 3 - Charles Edward Mancey (Guildford) – 15/03/1983 and owned for 12 years.
Keeper 4 - Robert (Bob) Charles Pilott (Guildford) – 20/10/1995 and owned for 20 years photo in folder of the car days after he bought it. Purchased as a project and carried out full restoration.
Keeper 5 - 14/02/2015 (Silchester Garage, Berkshire) had for 3 months.
Keeper 6 (Current Keeper) - 28/05/2015 – owned for 6 years.
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The RHD example we are offering has covered less than 2,000 miles since its restoration and it still presents beautifully since it was completed in 2013. The lovely midnight blue paintwork suits this car beautifully and is rare to say the least. Optioned with the 3rd 'jump' seat this car is incredibly practical and perfect for a small family.
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