2007 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction
1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible
|Engine||In-line six-cylinder, 2306cc|
|Body Work||Roadster Coupe|
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As a piece of automotive chic, the Pagoda-roof Mercedes-Benz SL of the 1960s has few peers. The clean, crisp shape by Paul Bracq remains as stylish today as it did when new and the dished hard-top at once gives the SL an individual air and impressive versatility - it can be enjoyed as a roadster, complete with a soft-top for occasional showers, or with the hard-top in place, becomes a snug coupe perfect for winter months. Launched in 1963 and simultaneously replacing both the 300SL and 190SL models, the W113 SL range was initially available with a 2.3-litre six-cylinder engine featuring a light alloy block, single-overhead camshaft and Bosch fuel injection with six-plunger injection pump. Rated at 150 horsepower, with a maximum torque of 144.5 lb/ft, power was delivered to the rear wheels via four-speed manual gearbox, with an advanced four-speed automatic optional. Stopping power was via an ATE dual circuit hydraulic system, employing Girling discs up front. The combination of wide track, relatively short wheelbase and properly sorted suspension made for well-balanced handling and the SL proved an accomplished performer, enjoying a successful career as a rally car. While values of other classics rise and fall according to the latest trends, demand amongst enthusiasts for the Pagoda-roof SL range has remained strong for many years. As an investment that can be enjoyed on a daily basis, the 230SL Mercedes-Benz makes a lot of sense. The 230SL remained in production from 1963 until 1967 and of the 19,831 made, only a small number were delivered in right-hand drive guise.