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Mercedes-Benz 230 SL 1966
Something about this 230 SL
One of the most beloved classic cars of all time, Mercedes Benz 230 SL also known as the Pagoda, is available here in lovely color combination – finished in original Dark Blue color over the cognac-colored leather interior.
This 1966 230 SL is a European delivery car, restored a few years ago, with low mileage.
It is powered with a matching number 2.3L inline-six engine delivering 150 hp and a 4-speed manual transmission.
Equipped with a hardtop in dark blue and a black soft-top, and fitted with Becker Europa radio.
Be ready for the warm days and the upcoming driving season – get yourself a 1966 Mercedes Benz 230 SL and enjoy both the driving performance and the timeless design of this very collectible classic car.
The history of Mercedes Benz SL
The Mercedes-Benz SL was unveiled at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show and produced from 1963 through 1971.
Internally known as W 113, the two-seater roadster/coupe designed by the Frenchman Paul Bracq unites a decadent delivery of power with an engaging elegance and is distinguished by outstanding comfort, excellent driving performance, and exemplary driving safety.
Mercedes Benz 230 SL was the first sports car worldwide with a safety body consisting of a rigid passenger cell and front and rear crumple zones, and it was the first time that Béla Barényi’s knowledge of passive safety in vehicle bodies was implemented in a sports car by the safety-conscious Mercedes-Benz designers.
The nickname Pagoda can be traced back to the distinctive curved shape of its roof, as seen in the architectural style of the Chinese and Thai.
The technical basis of the roadster was the luxury 220 SE Saloon, better known as the tailfin. As the predecessor of today’s S-Class, it donated its shortened and strengthened frame floor assembly to the sports car as well as its front and rear suspension. Its engine also forms the basis for the development of the 150-hp M 127 straight six-cylinder engine, with which the new SL-series was launched on the market in 1963. The 230 SL quickly received a higher-capacity successor: at the end of 1966, the 250 SL replaced the 230 SL, which was followed by the 280 SL in 1968, the third and last variant of the W 113 to be released on the market. It featured the M 130 engine.
All three SL model series were available as either a Roadster with a folding soft-top or as a sports car with a removable Coupé roof. Alternatively, they were also available with both the removable Coupé roof and a Roadster soft top.
The 230 SL was impressive proof of the fact that sportiness and comfort were not necessarily mutually exclusive: while some celebrated the victory in the grueling Spa-Sofia-Liège long-distance rally, others delighted in the optional automatic transmission available for the first time in an SL.
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