Offered for sale is an exceptional, late production, well-cared for 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL finished in a rare color combination and with the desirable 4-speed manual transmission. Delivered new to a gentleman in Boise, Idaho, the car was clearly only used seasonally and in good weather until 1984, at which point it was purchased by the second owner with 76k original miles. A Boston resident at the time, he started showing the car at the Museum of Transportation’s Annual Benz Fest in 1987 where it won either first or second place for the ensuing 6 years. He owned the car until January of this year and in those nearly 30 years he only put about 20k miles on it. He sold the car to an acquaintance in January who is a serious Mercedes collector and a local long-time client of ours. His huge garage is is filled with both modern and classic Mercedes models and the stall next to this car’s was occupied by his 1930’s Cabriolet which he has freshly restored and received an invitation for on the lawn at Pebble Beach next year. That’s not to say that this is a concours example as well, but he only buys and carefully maintains the most solid of the marque. He was intending to use the car as a weekend knock-around car for a time, but he’s a compulsive buyer and called us less than a month after buying the car to to see if we wanted to purchase it from him because he needed the garage space to accommodate another acquisition for restoration. We were thrilled to oblige.
The car comes with all of its original books and manuals, including a partially stamped service book as well as $24k worth or receipts to fill in some of the gaps. The car’s numbers matching engine, transmission and fuel injection system were rebuilt in 2004 during a comprehensive mechanical restoration performed by noted model experts Sports Leicht Restorations out of North Carolina. Consequently we can’t say enough about the car mechanically. It starts effortlessly, idles consistently and pulls strongly through each of its gears. It’s entirely tight with no rattles or odd noises, it handles beautifully, drives and brakes straight and has excellent power. The 4-speed manual transmission makes this car infinitely more fun to drive and desirable, as the automatic versions are geared such that they’re actually quite slow and unpleasant at high speeds. Everything works on the car, including its dealer installed Kuhlmeister air conditioning unit. It’s literally as turn-key as. W113s come.
The car is in fantastic cosmetic condition as well. It presents beautifully and according to the prior owners it has largely original paint. Consequently there are a few minor imperfections to the finish, however none of them are significant enough to appear in any of the pictures and none detract in the slightest from the car’s overall appeal. The body is perfectly straight and free of dents, all of the gaps and panel fits are excellent and the fenders retain their telltale notches next to the headlamps. All of the chrome and glass is excellent, the soft top is new and the hardtop shows only negligible wear. The car’s interior is equally clean, the MB Tex natural seats and interior panels literally flawless and carpets near perfect. The car has an aftermarket Alpine stereo, however the original Becker radio comes with the car and is fully functional. Always well looked after and garaged, the car was never subjected to the elements and therefore has an entirely solid, rust-free original undercarriage.
If you’ve been looking for a top tier W113 Pagoda, this car checks all of the important boxes: Late production model, rare original color combination, rare 4-speed manual transmission, numbers matching, low and documented original mileage, excellent provenance showing the care of enthusiast owners, completely rust-free undercarriage and fantastically strong cosmetics and mechanicals.