Mercedes 230sl Pagoda
1965 Mercedes 230sl Pagoda
Interior: Red leather
Engine: 2.3 straight 6
Power: 150 bhp
ABOUT THIS CAR
This particular car has been maintained by Investor Classics for the past year, including a full body refurbishment to a very high standard.
The car drives beautifully and turns heads anywhere it goes. It truly is a masterpiece of automotive design.
The mechanical condition is as outstanding as the bodywork, as can be seen in the photographs. The works undertaken and the highlights are as follows:
Excellent body condition, ex-California
Original red leather seats in excellent condition
New carpets to match leather
Original Becker radio
'Dickey' seat fitted to rear with removable footwell for rear passenger
New soft top in original colour
Hard top included, in excellent condition
Mercedes Benz hard top stand and cover
Reconditioned auto transmission in 2016
All original chrome parts
All seals replaced
New Mercedes Benz wind deflector
MOT until October 2018
ABOUT THE 230sl 'Pagoda'
Production of the 230 SL commenced in June 1963 and ended on 5 January 1967. Its chassis was based on the W111 sedan platform, with a reduced wheelbase by 30 cm (11.8 in), recirculating ball steering (with optional power steering), double wishbone front suspension and an independent single-joint, low-pivot swing rear-axle with transverse compensator spring. The dual-circuit brake system had front disc brakes and power-assisted rear drum brakes.
The 230 SL was offered with a 4-speed manual transmission, or an optional, very responsive fluid coupled (no torque converter) 4-speed automatic transmission. From May 1966, the ZF S5-20 5-speed manual transmission was available as an additional option.
The 2,308 cc (2.3 L) M127.II inline-six engine with 150 hp and 145 lb·ft torque was based on Mercedes-Benz' venerable M180 inline-six with four main bearings and mechanical Bosch multi-port fuel injection. Mercedes-Benz made a number of modifications to boost its power, including increasing displacement from 2,197 cc (2.2 L), and using a completely new cylinder head with a higher compression ratio (9.3 vs. 8.7), enlarged valves and a modified camshaft.
A fuel injection pump with six plungers instead of two was fitted, which allowed placing the nozzles in the cylinder head and "shooting" the fuel through the intake manifold and open valves directly into the combustion chambers. An optional oil-water heat exchanger was also available.
Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who was as competent behind the wheel as any racing driver, 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. 47.3 seconds by Grand Prix driver Mike Parkes on his 3-liter V12Ferrari 250 GT.
The 230sl is nick-named the ‘Pagoda’ due to its distinctively shaped roof, which resembles the Asian temple of the same name.