sâmbătă, 26 martie 2016

Mercedes-Benz 230 SL 'Pagoda' 1967 - World Of Classic Cars -

Mercedes-Benz 230 SL 'Pagoda' 1967

First introduced at the 1963 Frankfurt Auto Show, the long-awaited successor to the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL saw a new emphasis placed on safety and comfort. The 230 SL boasted dramatic and unique styling, a modern update of the 300 SL with more squared-off lines and a broad front grille, available as a two-passenger roadster or with a removable hardtop. The hardtop’s distinctive roofline, designed by Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi, featured an extensive glassy greenhouse with raised sides and a lower center panel reminiscent of a Japanese pagoda, hence the popular “Pagoda” nickname for the model. Under the hood was a Bosch fuel-injected six-cylinder engine, capable of producing 150 horsepower, which was the first Mercedes-Benz engine to have an alternator as standard equipment.
Mercedes-Benz 230 SL 'Pagoda' 1967

Production of the beautifully designed and constructed 230 SL continued until 1967. In the final year of production, as the company transitioned into the new 250 SL model, the 230 SL was naturally quite rare. In fact, of a total production run of 19,831 cars, it is believed that only 185 230 SLs were made in 1967, making them, by far, some of the rarest Mercedes-Benzes of their era.
The 230 SL shown here, one of those distinctive final cars, was originally sold in Edgewater, New Jersey. It is accompanied by its original window sticker, noting that it was finished, as today, in White (DB 050) with a Cognac MB-Tex (120) interior, floor-shifted automatic transmission (identified by the 12 in its chassis number), power steering, chrome roof bars, whitewall tires, the optional Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio, and the removable hardtop. It was refinished in the original color some years ago but retains what is believed to be the original MB-Tex interior, including carpets, and much of the original chrome trim. Typical of the hard-wearing MB-Tex material, the seats are in very good condition, with only minor wear evident, and the instrument panel gauges are clear and fresh.