1963 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL (Low mileage)

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Highlights


  • About 12,500 genuine kilometres
  • Owned by just two families since new
  • Comprehensively restored in 1992 using original Mercedes-Benz parts
  • Interior reupholstered in high quality Italian leather
  • ‘Pagoda’ hardtop and new fabric roof included
  • A number of spare parts are included, many of them original Mercedes-Benz items, apparently amounting to a value of more than €50,000 

The Appeal


Designed by the legendary Paul Bracq, the Mercedes-Benz W113 SL is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cars of all time. With sturdy underpinnings based upon their existing saloons and a powerful six-cylinder engine under the bonnet, the ‘Pagoda’, as it became affectionately known, became immensely popular amongst the well-to-do during the early 1960s.

Here we have an early European example, dating from 1963 with the chassis number 699. It has been owned by the same family since 1978 and they apparently acquired the car from its original owner. The odometer displays a mere 12,492 kilometres, which the vendor informs us is warranted. Restored in 1992 to a very good standard, we understand that the SL has been used very sparingly since, forming part of a car collection. The vendor demonstrates that it runs well and we’re informed that it drives very nicely.

The History and Paperwork


  • Owned by just two families from new
  • Europe-supplied example
  • Acquired by the second owner in 1978
  • Restored in 1992
  • The car’s latest MOT expires on August this year. The odometer reading when it passed two years ago was 9.564. Since then the car was taken to a couple events and a rally (it was not driven hard, just a bunch of classic cars travelling around the country). The odometer now shows around 12.492 kms
  • Stored in an air conditioned garage when not in use
  • Part of a car collection and used sparingly - covering around 100-150 kilometres a year according to the vendor
  • We’re informed that it is serviced annually
  • Copy of an original 230 SL Owner’s Manual present
  • A number of spare parts are included, many of them original Mercedes-Benz items, apparently amounting to a value of more than €50,000 

The Interior


  • Reupholstered in 1992
  • Red Italian leather
  • Period correct Becker Grand Prix radio

When this car was restored in 1992, the interior was retrimmed in the red Italian leather we see today. This work was evidently completed to a very good standard, with neat stitching and high quality materials in evidence. The leather has since worn in nicely, with some gentle abrasions to the seats, as well as a little sagging and the odd mark here and there. This matches the original patina evident on the controls and so the interior as a whole looks and feels just right.

The vendor reports that all the instrumentation and switchgear works correct, including the period correct Becker Grand Prix radio. We note a hazard light switch and heated rear window switch from a later Mercedes-Benz. The dashboard presents well overall and has evidently been repainted at some point. We note that all the carpeting is in nice condition, as is the perforated headlining. The boot carpet shows its age a little but is still very usable.

The Exterior 


  • Resprayed in its original colour
  • The underside appears to be very sound
  • Complete with its hardtop ‘Pagoda’ roof and a new soft hood
  • Will be coming with the original set of alloy wheels (not pictured)

The W113 SL is an immensely pretty car and this 1963 example looks fabulous in its original white. We understand that the bodywork was restored and repainted back in 1992 and has held up very well ever since.

The vendor points out four minor dents around the car, suggesting that these could be rectified without damaging the existing paintwork. The paint itself looks to be in great condition for its age with fairly few blemishes overall. The trim is really smart too with great chromework. The glass appears in nice shape although we note some delamination beginning to occur in the corners of the windscreen. It sits upon more modern centre-locking alloys, to us reminiscent of BBS items, with Mercedes-Benz branded centre caps. These appear in good condition, with no notable marks. Underneath the car, all the running gear, sills and floor pans look to have held up well since they were restored, with no obvious corrosion to be seen.

Both the ‘Pagoda’ hardtop and folding hoods are reportedly in fine fettle and the vendor remarks that the latter is new.

The Mechanics 


  • 2.3-litre straight-six with fuel injection
  • Automatic gearbox
  • 148 horsepower quoted from factory
  • Runs well and reportedly drives really nicely
  • The vendor informs us that it is service annually

Few cars in 1963, let alone small two-seater convertibles, had fuel injected engines, making the 230 SL very advanced for its day. Coupled to an automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels, this straight-six was said to produce 148 horsepower from new, which was a lot for the time.

The vendor demonstrates that this example starts and runs well. It looks to be really smart under the bonnet and we’re informed that it is serviced on an annual basis. The vendor reports that the car drives really well, with storing performance, smooth gear changes and effective brakes.

Summary


It isn’t often you get the chance to acquire such an early SL Pagoda, so don’t miss this excellent opportunity. With remarkably few kilometres believed to have been covered and in very fine previously restored condition, this looks a really fine example.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1963
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 230 SL
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 12,492 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2300
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Lamia
  • Location International
  • Country Greece

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