1965 Mercedes-Benz SL Pagode


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    Convertible / Roadster
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To succeed the aging 190 SL, Mercedes-Benz presented a new convertible at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, developed on the basis of the W111 saloon. In terms of styling, it made a complete break with its predecessor. Called the 230 SL (code W113), the new model owes a lot to the French designer Paul Bracq who innovated in particular with the concave windscreen and the hard top that hugs it, hence the nickname that was soon given to the car: Pagoda. The car is available either as a convertible with the top folded away into an ingenious compartment, or in the same version but also with a hard top, or as a roadster without top. Mechanically, the 230 SL adopts the saloon's in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine with a capacity of 2306 cm3 and indirect injection, but in a more powerful version (152 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 196 Nm at 4,200 rpm) enabling it to approach 200 km/h. The transmission is mechanical with 4 speeds. Solidly built, with a deformable structure at the front and rear, and benefiting from a cosseted finish, the 230 SL is however not a sports car, weighing 1400 kg on the scales despite the aluminium doors. It was then declined into a 250 SL and 280 SL. In all, 48912 cars were produced, of which 19831 were 230 SLs. Almost half of these cars were exported to the United States.
The example on offer is one of the 6325 230 SL convertibles produced in 1965. It was acquired in May 1965 from the French network of the manufacturer and has the particularity of having always remained in the same family. Since July 2013, it has a French collector's registration in the name of the seller.
Based in the Alpes-Maritimes, where it has always had a closed garage, it has a certified mileage of 105,000 km. It is not pledged. In its original condition, it is delivered with its hard-top. The manufacturer's manual and the service booklet, as well as a copy of the Revue Technique Automobile n°267/268 (August 1968) accompany the vehicle. The technical inspection will be carried out soon. Please note that the car has been appraised in October 2020.