Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 180
Year : 1964
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : AXB 680B
Chassis No. : 11304220002832
Engine No. : 12798120002617
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were
produced from 1963 through to 1971 and were known as the 'pagoda
roof' SL. All models boast an inline six-cylinder engine with
multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted
from the diesel engines. Rear-wheel drive configuration was
complemented by independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly
improved road handling. Most of these early SL's were sold with
both the removable hardtop and a soft top. In 1960, Ballinger
eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220 SL design based
on technology from the W112. This led to the W113 platform with an
improved fuel-injected 2.3 litre M127 inline-six engine and the
distinctive 'pagoda' hardtop roof. The 230 SL made a remarkable
debut at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in March 1963 where
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
travelling comfort.

This white Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda was first registered on
15th May 1964 to Lady Katie Fraser of Allander, wife of Sir Hugh
Fraser who owned the House of Fraser stores and, at one time,
Harrods of London. This is a manual, righthand drive vehicle with a
blue removable hardtop and new soft top, also in blue. The interior
is blue; the leather seats and carpet were replaced in 1997 and are
still in excellent condition. The car is fitted with the very
useful 3rd side-facing seat allowing for another passenger or
additional storage. The vehicle has been with the current family
since 1996 and has been garaged most of that time. There are
receipts for over £6,000 worth of work carried out in 2016. The
battery was replaced in October of this year and the stainless
steel exhaust, fitted a few years ago, is in perfect condition and
gives the car a lovely sound. There are MoT test certificates going
back to 1981 with a current certificate valid until October 2017,
copy of the Mercedes-Benz data card and the original green log
book. The clear HPI report shows three former keepers with the
original log book also showing the garage who sold the vehicle. The
vehicle was professionally valued at £50,000 in 2015 with the new
hood and chrome mirrors and wiper arms added since then. Also
included are an original spare wheel, Mercedes-Benz jack and two
sets of keys.

The SL models are amongst the best-loved sports cars of their
day with original UK delivered versions, with the desirable manual
gearbox, remaining highly sought after by collectors.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170