Production of the 230 SL commenced in June 1963 and ended on 5 January 1967 with 19,831 produced,. Its chassis was based on the W 111 saloon platform, with a reduced wheelbase of 11.8 in, recirculating ball steering, double wishbone front suspension with an independent single-joint, low-pivot swing rear-axle with transverse compensator spring. The dual-circuit brake system had front disc brakes and power-assisted rear drum brakes. The 230 SL was offered with a 4-speed manual transmission, or an optional, very responsive fluid coupled (no torque converter) 4-speed automatic transmission. From May 1966, the ZF S5-20 5-speed manual transmission was available as an additional option.
The 2,308 cc M127.II inline-six engine with 150 hp and 145 lb·ft torque was based on Mercedes-Benz' venerable M180 inline-six with four main bearings and mechanical Bosch multi-port fuel injection. Mercedes-Benz made a number of modifications to boost its power, including increasing displacement from 2,197 cc (2.2 L), and using a completely new cylinder head with a higher compression ratio, enlarged valves and a modified camshaft. A fuel injection pump with six plungers instead of two was fitted. An optional oil-water heat exchanger was also available.
This car was imported from Miami in January 2016. The car is in very good condition, with Factory Power Steering and comes complete with its original Hardtop. It has been fitted with the later alloy wheels rather than steel ones, but the original wheel trims to fit steel wheels are with the car.
The car is mechanically good, and will be driven to the sale. The car sometime in its life has had the 230 engine removed, and the more powerful 250 engine fitted. The paintwork is very good, and the hardtop is also in very good condition. The original interior is said to be in good condition, as is the hood. The vendor says the car drives very well.
A rare opportunity to buy a really good example of the iconic Pagoda SL.