|Engine: 2.3 L inline-6 | Mileage: 59,160 mi | Price: €34,900|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, were produced from 1963 through 1971. Their distinctive "pagoda" hardtop roof, designed by Béla Barényi, gave them their contemporary nickname. The W113 SL replaced both the legendary 300 SL (W198) and the 190 SL (W121 BII).
It features an inline-six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. All SL models are rear-wheel drive, but are also equipped with independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly improved road handling. While the SLs are relatively heavy compared to other similar roadsters, weight was reduced in part by the use of aluminum panels for the trunk lid, front hood, tonneau cover and door skins.
Production of the 2.3 liter 230 SL commenced in June 1963 and ended on 5 January 1967. Its chassis was based on the W 111 sedan platform, with a reduced wheelbase by 11.8", recirculating ball steering (with optional power steering), double wishbone front suspension and an independent single-joint swing rear-axle with compensating spring. The dual-circuit brake system had front disc brakes and power-assisted rear drum brakes. The 230 SL was offered with a 4-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission, which was popular for US models. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tires gave the 230 SL superb handling for its time. Of the 19,831 230 SLs produced, less than a quarter were sold in the US.
The 2308 cc M127.II inline-six engine with 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) and 196 N·m (145 lb·ft) torque was based on the venerable M180 inline-six with four main bearings and mechanical Bosch multi-port fuel injection. Mercedes-Benz made a number of modifications to boost its power, most importantly increasing displacement from 2197 cc, and using a fuel injection pump with six plungers instead of two, which allowed placing the nozzles in the cylinder head and 'shooting' the fuel through the intake manifold and open valves directly into the combustion chambers. An optional oil-water heat exchanger was also available.
This classic "pagoda" has had only two previous onwers and is in excellent condition, both its body and its interior which is original.
It is an American spec car with matching numbers.