The 230 SL made its debut at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, where Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Prof. Fritz Nallinger introduced it as follows: "It was our aim to create a very safe and fast sports car with high performance, which despite its sports characteristics, provides a very high degree of traveling comfort".
The W 113 was the first sports car with a "safety body," based on Bela Barényi's extensive work on vehicle safety: It had a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones with impact-absorbing front and rear sections built into the vehicle structure. The interior was "rounded," with all hard corners and edges removed, as in the W 111 sedan.
The W 113 was also the first Mercedes-Benz with radial tires.
Recently imported from Florida with all UK taxes paid,this is an absolutely beautifully presented classic Mercedes SL, which has been subject to a complete body restoration mainly of new panels and although aesthetically retains the classic looks of an iconic Pagoda, this car has been enhanced with a more powerful V8 motor, giving the car better performance and overall driving pleasure. It is supplied with both hard and soft tops.
This presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the style of this iconic Mercedes convertible at a price one would expect to pay for a restoration required example. For the purists among you, consider this as an already restored body in which to install correct running gear at a fraction of the build cost.
With restored Pagoda prices reaching dizzy heights in excess of 150k and basket cases at 25k, this represents an unrepeatable opportunity.
This car is available for viewing,located in our showroom in Horsham, Sussex.
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