The W113 series of two-seat GT cars (230 SL, 250SL, 280SL) were the successors to the 300 SL coupes and roadsters. They had one big advantage over their legendary predecessors: affordability. They also offered more comfort, luxury, and performance than the modestly powered 190SL.
Introduced in March of 1963 at the Geneva Auto Show, the 230 SL was small in size (its dimensions were similar to those of the 190SL) with elegant looks by Paul Bracq, who went on to create many other noteworthy Mercedes designs. Coupe models were distinguished by their unique tops, slightly dished in the center to add strength, earning the nickname 'pagoda roof.'
Although the basic design changed little over the car's eight-year run, the displacement of its inline six-cylinder engine was expanded from 2.3 liters to 2.5 in 1966, and from 2.5 to 2.8 in 1967. The upgrades were made primarily to enhance power, to offset weight gains associated with United States safety mandates.
This example was purchased new in 1969 by the current owner's uncle, who employed it as his daily driver for 10 years in Huntington, New York and accumulated over 100,000 miles. The car went into semi-retirement in 1979, and then into storage in 1985. The owner died in 1998, the car went to the current owners, who undertook a two year restoration.