1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
Highly sought after on the collector market
One of Paul Bracq’s best designs
After restoration and service in Poland
Chassis number: 11304210005998
Starting price: 250 000 PLN (estimated 320 000 – 380 000 PLN)
(58 000€/74 500-88 500€)
Engine: 2.3-litre, L6
Power output: 150 break horsepower
Other: manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive
Legal condition: registered in Poland, VAT invoice (23 %)
Available paperwork: certificate of title, vehicle log book
The legendary Pagoda is currently one of the most valuable and desirable classics made by Mercedes-Benz. It was launched in 1963 as a successor to the 190SL and an extension of a line of elegant German roadsters. During the design phase, engineers from Stuttgart borrowed a number of solutions from its big brother, the W111. Pagodas, codenamed W113, became true style icons. Many of these cars were driven by famous people, such as artists, actors and aristocrats. Overall a total of 70 thousand examples were made, all of which are highly appreciated by collectors.
The Pagoda listed for sale was brought to Poland in 2015. According to the documents attached to the car, its mileage is fairly low at 12 489 miles. However, the car did require some restoration work. Its then-owner took the challenge and brought the Mercedes back to its former glory. After that, the car was sold to a new owner, who set about improving it further. Paintwork was refreshed and protected appropriately. On top of that, fuel injection was readjusted. On the inside, original seat upholstery is still preserved, adding to the authenticity of the car. Folding roof is in a very good condition. Last year, the car underwent a thorough mechanical inspection and had all its minor foibles removed. Currently the car looks tremendous and is a perfect example of a well maintained classic. Chrome elements, condition of the bodywork and the interior are strong points of the listed example. The car also comes with a hardtop.
The Mercedes W113 is a car that most seasoned classic car enthusiasts lust after. Quite often it’s the star of many collections, mostly because of its timeless charm. However, it’s also worth noting that the car is very comfortable and perfectly suited for long journeys. Ardor Auctions’ offer is a reasonably priced Pagoda that’s ready to drive and will be a treat even for those who aren’t necessarily fans of the German brand.