Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL was introduced at Geneva in March 1963 and succeeded the 190 SL, combining its sporting attributes with the heightened comfort of a grand tourer. Its engine and monocoque design were in fact derivatives of the Mercedes-Benz cars introduced in 1959; the 2,308 cc six-cylinder engine of the 230 SL, used from 1963 – 1967, was virtually the same unit utilized in the 220 SE. Stylistically, the somewhat angular design of the 230 SL was also reminiscent of its saloon brethren and quite luxurious in its appointments.

Regardless of the changes, however, Mercedes’ new car stayed true to its SL heritage and added certain unique touches of its own. Bored-out and benefiting from Bosch multi-point fuel injection, its 2.3-liter powerplant produced an additional 30-plus horsepower over the 220 SE. Although its weight had increased, the added output allowed the 230 SL to sprint to 60 mph from rest in 9.9 seconds when equipped with the standard four-speed manual gearbox.

From a design standpoint, the large grille and center-mounted Mercedes-Benz star motif paid homage to the SLs of years past, while the roofline of the pagoda-shaped hardtop provided a unique and lasting design cue – and an enduring nickname for the new model.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.170 bhp, 2,308 cc inline six-cylinder engine with Bosch multi-point fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with single-pivot low swing axles with trailing arms and coil springs, and front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

Source: RM Auctions

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