Sold for $19,525 at 2007 Worldwide Auctioneers
This 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $28,000 - $38,000. It was offered without reserve. It is powered by a six-cylinder engine that displaces 2.3-liters and benefits from a multi-port fuel injection system. There is an automatic gearbox and disc brakes in the front and drums in the rear.
In 1957 the 300 SL was introduced as the successor to the highly popular and innovative Gullwing. The 190 SL was widely produced with nearly 26,000 examples created, dating back to 1955. Both the 190 SL and 300 SL production ended in 1963.
The next version of the SL-Class cars was the 230 SL, that had a low waist line and large curved windows. It was given the nickname 'pagoda top.'
The W113 Mercedes-Benz automobiles were produced from 1963 through 1971 and replaced the W198 SL-Class in 1963 and would continue beyond the 1967 model year.
All of the 230 SL models were outfitted with six-cylinder engines with multi-port fueling injection systems using a mechanical pump adapted from the diesel motors. All were rear-wheel drive and equipped with an independent rear suspension. Many of the early SL models were sold with both the removable top and the soft top in the so-called 'Coupe/Roadster' configuration.
This example is finished in Oxford Burgundy livery with Parchment MB-Tex interior. The odometer reads just 6,606 miles since new. It has been treated to a cosmetic refresher since new. It appears to be in great condition.
At auction the car was sold, selling for less than the estimated value, and netting for $19,525.By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007
In 1963 the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL, internally dubbed 'W 113', was displayed to the public as a replacement for the 190 SL and the legendary 300 SL. Both had been extremely popular automobiles. The 230, 250, and 280 SL comprised the third generation of the Super Leicht, meaning Super Light. The 230 SL was able to continue the proud tradition established by its predecessor by doubling the sales rate when compared with the 190 SL models best year.
The 230 was a revolutionary design for the Mercedes SL model line, dressed in elegantly squared surfaces and proportions and offered as a GT two-seater roadster or coupe. It was a drastic restyle when compared to it predecessors. The 230, 250, and 280 SL were powered by a inline-six cylinder engine and outfitted with front disc brakes and a single pivot independent rear suspension. The 230 SL was capable of 125 mph and was available with either an automatic or 4-speed manual transmission. It was the first time an SL had been offered with an automatic transmission. A third version was introduced in May of 1966 with a 5-speed gearbox.
It was not only a fast car but a safe car with its use of deformation zones located in the front and the rear. The roadster version even had a collapsible hood. Production continued until 1967. During its final year of production there were 135 examples produced. Entire production was nearly 19,400.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007