Offered from A Private Collection
$51,700 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
- One of 882 Pagoda models fitted with the desirable five-speed manual transmission
- Built in the final months of 230 SL production
- Factory color scheme of Silver Grey Metallic over Dark Blue MB-Tex with Navy Blue convertible top
- Accompanied by data card, factory hard top, owner’s manual, and invoices
The elegant styling and undeniable appeal of the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL “Pagoda” made the German two-seater popular in its day, and its long-lasting charm has sustained demand as a coveted collector car ever since. First introduced in 1963 as the 230 SL, the new-generation W113 Mercedes-Benz roadster was designed by Paul Braq. The model earned its Pagoda nickname thanks to the distinctive concave removeable hardtop. The W113 established the blueprint for nearly all future SL models, combining luxurious trimmings, impeccably sophisticated style, and engineering excellence in a motorcar meant to deliver its occupants safely, rapidly, and in unrivaled comfort and style.
The introductory 230 SL model featured a 2.3-liter inline six-cylinder engine equipped with fuel injection. Its four-speed automatic transmission had a rear-axle ratio perfect for comfortable, high-speed cruising. In total, Mercedes-Benz produced nearly 20,000 examples between March 1963 and January 1967.
Built in the final months of 230 SL production, the Mercedes-Benz on offer is one of just 882 Pagodas fitted from the factory with the five-speed manual transmission, as confirmed by a copy of its data card on file. This desirable and sporty option was paired with a 1:4.08 rear axle ratio and provided the roadster with a far more responsive drivetrain. Further increasing this 230 SL’s appeal, is its factory-correct color scheme of Silver Grey Metallic over a Dark Blue MB-Tex interior with a Navy Blue convertible top. The current owner acquired the car in 1994 and invoices on file show mechanical work was performed in the late 1990s. A brochure, owner’s manual, and factory hard top are included in the sale.
A highly sought-after model, the 230 SL with a five-speed transmission offers a sporty driving experience unique amongst its more common Pagoda siblings. With so few built, this example presents a rare opportunity to acquire a highly collectable version of one of the most coveted Mercedes-Benz models of all time.