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Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda 2.3 straight 6 — 1966

The classic Mercedes 230SL has the best of both worlds: a hard top and a convertible.

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"It starts smoothly, runs and drives well, and is in good overall condition with a few faults in the bodywork. Ideal for a summer daily driver."

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"It starts smoothly, runs and drives well, and is in good overall condition with a few faults in the bodywork. Ideal for a summer daily driver."


The car was imported from California in 2016 and is being sold on behalf of the owner's estate. He drove practically every day throughout the summer months, according to his family, until he died a few months ago. The car has been repainted at some point, and it has a few dents on the bonnet and bootlid, as well as some rust spots on the wheel arches, edges around the bonnet, and beneath the rear sills. The car drives nicely, thanks to a powerful engine and responsive gear shifting and braking. The inside is complete, with the exception of old carpets surrounding the gear shift and the low side of the passenger seat, which need to be repaired, and the cabriolet roof, which has holes that need to be replaced.

Personally, I would keep the car as is and renovate it as a rolling project; these cars are great, and everyone smiles when they see you drive by.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    129 000 miles 
  • Registration Number
  • Chassis Number
  • Kw / hp
    110 / 150 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour
    Light Blue 


  • Mechanical condition:

    Starts easily and drives well in the gears and brakes, with good road handling and a tiny blowing sound from the exhaust. A proper service and review would be my recommendation. Inspection/MOT free for life.

  • Interior condition:

    The interior is completely original; however, the front carpets are worn, especially around the gear lever, and the passenger lower side seats have loose stitching. The interior is best described as worn but perfectly functional.

  • Exterior condition:

    Several minor dents on the bonnet, a few on the boolid, and a little dent on the driver's front wing "See pictures" The chromework is in ok condition, with slight oxidation patches primarily on the bumpers. There are some rust areas around the bonnet frame edges, as well as around the wheel arches and sills, but it still appears presentable and usable.

  • General condition:

    Is it in a very usable condition that can be upgraded gradually, or should it be completely renovated? You have a choice.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 2016-08-25
Ursprungsbesiktning: 2016-08-10 (regbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 2016-08-25
Senast godkända besiktning: 2016-08-10
Besiktigad tom: -
Sattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Nej
Antal ägare: 1

Owner's comment

Old advert from when the Owner bought the car from EBAY: FOR SALE BY OWnER: 1966 MERCEDES BENZ 230SL All the numbers Match on this vehicle other than the hood which was either repaired or replaced at some point. I purchased this car 2 years ago. It was fully restored 20 years ago and then sat in a garage in Virginia. So I had a lot of good to work with. My wife loved the color and we bought it. But she regrets buying a manual transmission and wants me to find her an automatic. The engine and transmission had been rebuilt before & a many new parts were restored and preserved. I have an organized folder with all the parts purchased from the MB USA Irvine Classic Center and all the different repairs and shops it has gone thru. Different systems rebuilt and upgraded: 1- Braking System: New Master Cylinder, Front calipers rebuilt, new shoes and pads installed front and back as well as two new rear brake cylinders. 2- Suspension: All steering arms, bushings, shocks and bearings replaced. 3- Tires: 4 new BF Goodridge 3" white walls installed 4- Electrical: New Alternator with all wiring cleaned up and new light bulbs installed inside and out 5- Differential: Rebuilt, with new original boot as well as all four axel bearings replaced. 6- Water Pump New, with New Water Pump Housing & Radiator was rebuilt into a 4 core high density with new thermostat and hoses. 7- Manual Shifter: All the bushings for the shifter have been replaced. 8- Both doors: latches were replaced and the entire car has working locks with original keys that match the data card 9- Convertible top is in great condition with the rear plastic window is shiny and clear. 10- Fuel Injection Pump -Rebuilt by Fairchild Industries. 11- New Fuel Pump, Gas tank was rebuilt, & Full Major Tune Up, Valves have been adjusted, new wires, plugs, cap & rotor & oil change. I spent around $25,000 in parts and did most of the work myself, but also had a few different Mercedes specialists help me restore this car. This car has some rust issues. I spent $2500 and repaired the front end rust that made it safe and in the future: This car will need a paint job and the rest of the rust dealt with. This is a car for someone who wants to enjoy a turn key reliable convertible and in a few years when the value exceeds $100K, the only thing it will need is a nice paint job.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Sandared

For viewing the vehicle, contact the valuator/depot:

Classic Car Depot
Shaun Major
+46 709 724007

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Collection must take place before: 2021-12-21.

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