"The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971 with their distinctive 'pagoda' hardtop roof giving them their contemporary nick-name. All models feature an inline six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel engine. All are rear-wheel drive and are equipped with independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly improved road handling. It made its debut at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in March 1963 where Technical Director Fritz Nallinger introduced it as follows, It was our aim to create a very safe and fast sports car with high performance which, despite its sports characteristics, provides a high degree of travelling comfort. Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who was as competent behind the wheel as most racing drivers, demonstrated the capabilities of the 230 SL on a tight short race track near Montreux in 1963 where he put up a best lap time of 47.5 seconds and, incidentally, out-performed Mike Parkes in his Ferrari 250GT.
We are delighted to present this fine 1966 example of the marque. Originally supplied to the USA, this 230 SL was imported into the UK in 2016 and has recorded a warranted 22,298 miles. Presented in Signal Red with a contrasting tan leather interior, this SL looks very smart with excellent panel gaps and benefits from a cosmetic and mechanical restoration in the USA during 2015. It is understood that a lady in Dallas was the first owner who then sold the car to a private collector about three years ago before it was acquired and imported into the UK by the current owner. This Mercedes-Benz comes with air conditioning and the all important Pagoda hardtop. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a current MoT test certificate this 230 SL is in splendid order throughout."