Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz product line of the late 1950s had a glaring void. The 300SL sports car was magnificent but expensive, and its 190SL sibling, developed from an entry-level sedan, lacked performance. To remedy this omission, development began on a six-cylinder evolution of the 190SL, internally coded W-127 and intended to be badged as 220SL. Along the way, however, the development was re-directed toward the S-Class, W-112 platform. The result was the W-113, a fuel-injected 2.3-liter sports car introduced at the March 1963 Geneva Motor Show. Badged 230SL, it came as a roadster or “pagoda roof” coupe. Nearly 20,000 were built through 1967, of which more than half were exported, many of them to the United States.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

170 bhp, 2,308 cc overhead-cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, coil spring four-wheel independent suspension with control arms in front and swing axles rear, and disc-front, drum-rear hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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