1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Pagoda 4-Speed

Available for auction is this 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL presented in golden metallic over a black MB-Tex interior. Debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 1963 and produced until 1967, the 230SL ushered in the W113 roadster and marked a transition in Mercedez-Benz’s styling from bulbous curves to a squared silhouette. The 1967 production models are particularly desirable, as only 185 examples were reportedly produced in the final year. This rare 4-speed SL was purchased by its second owner in 1979 at Mercedes-Benz on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, and subsequently imported the car to the U.S. later that year. Under the care of its third and current owner since 2021, this SL has undergone noteworthy recent refurbishments and is now being offered for auction out of Massachusetts.

The exterior was originally finished in blue and has been professionally refinished in the current golden metallic color using a high-quality DuPont Imron paint before arriving in the U.S. The brown convertible soft top is newly equipped, and a green Pagoda hardtop and garage hardtop lift are included. The exterior is complimented by chrome finishes along the left side mirror, bumpers, windscreen, door handles, and grille. The front end is suited with new European-spec headlights. Black-painted 14” wheels feature matching hubcaps with chrome accents and are dressed in five new Blockley Radial Tyres including the spare. All of the original glass is said to have been retained. The seller notes a slight indentation on the passenger door along with some minor paint imperfections, detailed images are provided in the gallery.

The interior features black MB-Tex upholstery with perforated bucket seats matching the dashboard top and door panels. The instrument panel has been paint-matched to the exterior and is accented by natural wood along the top. The wooden center console, driver window assembly, floor mats, lower dash cover, ignition switch, and dashboard lights have been newly installed. The seller reports that all gauges and electronics are working properly although the clock runs slowly. It is also noted that the headliner on the hardtop is yellowing but easily serviceable.

The 230SL is powered by a 2.3-liter M126 inline 6-cylinder engine, which generates 148 HP and 145 lb.-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. This example is said to have undergone a top-end engine rebuild in 1980. Additionally, the current owner has performed extensive services throughout the past year including a new battery, new ignition components, brake fluid and pads, wheel bearing repairs, new Blisten shocks, and a transmission fluid change. Other replaced items include a fuel screen and filter, injectors and lines, coolant hoses and clamps, a firewall pad, water pumps, a fan belt, and an air filter and housing boot.

This sale will include owner’s manuals, a clean title, a removable hardtop, and a garage hardtop lift that will be disassembled for delivery.


Auction Results

  • Highest Offer: $37,000
  • Auction End: 2023-01-04 20:23:02+00:00
  • Number of Offers: 1
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Comments (13)

  • $37,000 offer from Cumberland Foreside, ME (04110) 1 monthago

    Offer in the amount of $37,000

  • zachino 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $35,000

  • Dexterdream 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $32,000

  • nicoCT 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $20,250

  • jmhvehicles (seller) 2 monthsago

    Additional content has been added to the gallery for this listing.

  • jmhvehicles (seller) 2 monthsago

    @jjd57 What type of documentation would you like to see? The DE registration from the original US owner states the milage at 1979 at 88,013 KMs. I will post a pic of that.

  • jjd57 (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    Is there documentation to support the mileage being 55km (90k km), or should we assume TMU?

  • iamlostru 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $20,000

  • 1985CCX 2 months, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • jmhvehicles (seller) 2 months, 1 weekago

    Its come to my attention that my MA title is missing a digit from the actual VIN number. I have submitted the correction request to the MA RMV. Last 5 digits of vehicle VIN are 19330, but title has VIN at _9330. Title with corrected VIN be delivered to buyer.

  • jmhvehicles (seller) 2 months, 1 weekago

    @Macfly There were three issues that needed to be addressed:
    1) misfire/stutter at 2500-3000 rpm, remedied by:
    - changed distributor to 123ignition Tune distributor (Bluetooth). Original bosh distributor will be included with sale
    - replaced all injectors with new OEM
    - Car runs smoothly through entire range now.
    3) Coolant leak- the original water pump's seals had dried out and was seeping from bearing
    - replaced original water pump with Mercedes Benz sealed bearing unit.

    2) ignition switch/ cold start
    - replaced ignition contact barrel (still has original key/tumbler)
    - deleted CSV workaround switch and replaced TTS, cold start relay, and tested CS Injector. Note that PO left original wiring unmolested and just disconnected the factory CSV circuit, so it was an easy reversal...Car starts with ignition and CSV as designed

    Besides that, as the PO notated the car was started regularly but not driven a lot since 2003 due to his age, so we went through the car and did the following to ensure a pleasurable and safe driver. I'll post a longer list in a second reply.

    Front brake pad replace/ caliper service
    Brake fluid change and lube
    New tires mounted and balanced
    5 new Blockley radial tires
    Front wheel bearing service
    Complete chassis lube with MB lube - replaced fittings where required
    4 new shocks - Blisten RM551CS B4 OE
    New OE sealed bearing water pump
    New water pump
    New fan belt
    New coolant crossover tube
    All new OE coolant hoses and clamps
    New air filter, air filter housing boot, clean Throttle body intake
    New injector lines
    New Battery
    RED ignition Coil
    New spark plugs and wires
    Ignition linkage adjustment
    New fuel screen and fuel filter
    Grease wiper shafts
    New OE ignition switch
    Driver door window assembly rebuild
    Replace transmission fluid
    Radiator recondition
    Lower Dash Cover
    Coco floor mats

  • Macfly (registered bidder) 2 months, 1 weekago

    Have you corrected any of the issues left by the prior owner's "minimalist" mechanic? Other work done since you purchased the car?

  • jmhvehicles (seller) 2 months, 1 weekago

    Welcome to the auction for my 230sl. I have thoroughly enjoyed owning and driving this pagoda, and I hope it goes to a good home that will care for it as I have. I'm here to answer questions and provide additional details as needed. Good luck!

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1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Pagoda 4-Speed
Final offer: $37,000
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