Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

Unveiled just one month after the 190 SL ceased production, the 230 SL reflected the sporting attributes of its predecessors with the comfort of a proper grand tourer. Bored over and benefiting from multi-point fuel injection, its 2.3-litre powerplant produced an additional 30 hp over the 220 SE engine from which it was derived. Although the subsequent 250 and 280 SLs benefited from greater displacement, for pure handling ability, the 230 SL was the most nimble and enjoyable to drive, as it was also the lightest. The large grille with centre-mounted star paid homage to the SLs of years past, while the pagoda-shaped roofline made for a unique design cue – and an enduring nickname.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

150 bhp, 2,306 cc inline six-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, independent rear suspension with coil springs and swing axles, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright James Mann

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz 230 SL