This 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL 4-Speed “Pagoda” is finished in Red Gloss paint over Black leather and shows more than 25 years under the same ownership with records and receipts. Power is delivered by the M127 2.3-liter inline-6 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. The most recent owner purchased the car in 1994 and has maintained mechanical records throughout their ownership. Most recently the car underwent de-winterization from storage including a fluid flush and checkup. California import tags are present in the driver’s door jamb. This Pagoda is now offered by the selling dealer in Bethesda, Maryland with records, tool kit, removable hardtop, and a clean Michigan title.
This SL was initially painted silver from the factory and has since been refinished in Gloss Red paint under previous ownership. The paint presents well with some small scratches and chips at the nose. The seller notes the body to be rust free aside from a small spot in the inner rear right fender. Original trim, lights, and brightwork are present and show nicely with detailed photos available in the gallery. A paint-matched hardtop is included in the sale and a black soft top with clear plastic rear window folds away under the hard tonneau cover.
Red-painted 14″ steel wheels wear matching red hubcaps and Bridgestone Turanza tires in 195/70 sizing. A full-size spare wheel is included in the trunk and finished in red paint.
The original bucket seats are trimmed in Black Leather and show some wear and patina including creases and light cracking. A matching black dashboard is shown and accented with beige carpets and black custom floor mats. The wood at the top of the dashboard is significantly faded and a wood console is noted between the seats. Interior features include an original Becker head unit, a multifunction signal/wiper stalk, original brightwork, and chrome rearview mirrors on each side of the car.
The black dashboard displays VDO instrumentation with glass intact including a 7k-rpm tachometer, a 140mph speedometer, and a combination gauge indicating coolant temperature, oil pressure, and fuel level. The five-digit odometer shows 63k miles with true mileage unknown.
The 2.3-liter M127 inline-six features Bosch mechanical fuel injection and was rated at 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque when new. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission. Most recently the car underwent de-winterization from storage including a fluid flush and checkup.
This Pagoda is now offered by the selling dealer in Bethesda, Maryland with records, tool kit, removable hardtop, and a clean Michigan title.
The W113 or "Pagoda" SL is arguably one of the best looking Mercedes ever produced and moreover one of the most iconic convertibles to come out of the 1960's. The Bracq-designed masterpiece was almost twice as expensive as the E-Type of the time and seems to be a favorite amongst various MB enthusiasts and generations. This specific example catches our attention for the sheer option of daily drivability. It appears to be well maintained and well documented. This SL is sure to be a welcome addition to any garage and a crowd-pleaser for generations to come.
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