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1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Private

Cars McKinney   72 views
Location: McKinney
Price: $50,500 Negotiable

This 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL has had two owners before the current selling dealer, and last changed hands in 1992. A repaint the following year in its factory white color is said to remain in good condition with only minor paint flaws. The car has been in Texas since 1999 and the detachable Pagoda roof is in clean shape, but the original soft top will need replacing after being folded for too many years. Recent servicing included an oil change and new spark plugs with wires. Original steel wheels and hubcaps are included, as are the Bundt alloys currently mounted.

We love the small hubcaps on these early W113 SLs even more than the 1-piece caps that came on the later cars. Pre-’68 Pagodas also look cleaner thanks to no side markers. The chrome bumpers and front star surround have been rechromed on this car, and they look excellent. All four stock hubcaps are included, but only three beauty rings.

The seller says there have been no major accidents, but the front end was repaired after a rolling low-speed bump when previous owner stepped out of the car without setting emergency brake or putting automatic transmission in park. The seller points out the inner front fenders still have their factory spot welds, so the damage likely wasn’t severe, but the grille, headlight and radiator core were replaced. A closeup examination shows paint flaws here and there, the most significant one is above the right front wheel opening (see gallery photos.) A slight gap on the top left corner of driver headlight trim that doesn’t fit quite flush is the only evidence of repairs, according to the seller, who adds that the doors close nicely, the gaps are good and the body is straight.

The factory-spec interior is in very good condition, including the seats, carpeting and door panels. The seat upholstery is the standard MB-Tex and has held up well. The vinyl dash covering is in good shape, as is the wood veneer trim above the dash and on the underside of the hardtop; its headliner is likewise in good condition. The factory Blaupunkt AM/FM radio is in place, so thankfully nobody has enlarged the dash hole for anything more modern. The A/C system is complete and it blows air but not cold, and the seller says that all the electrical components function.

The manually operated, retractable soft top is stiff and will need replacing to be used. The optional hardtop fastens securely with small locking levers at each corner.  A side-facing “jump seat” behind the bucket seats is shown in the gallery photos, but no seatbelt is visible. 33k miles are displayed, but the odometer has likely rolled over.

The engine is a 2308cc (2.3L) SOHC, mechanically fuel-injected inline six cylinder. The seller says that the engine is a bit cold-blooded but runs nicely once it warms up. In 2014, the fuel system was gone through and flushed, including boiling and cleaning the fuel tank and installing new fuel-tank sending unit, fuel lines, fuel filter and new fuel pump. The transmission is a four-speed automatic that reportedly shifts and operates as it should. The brake system includes power front discs, and the seller says all is in order and the car stops well.

Some exhaust hangers appear to have deteriorated and will need replacing, and some underbody rubber mounts show age cracking. The tires are said to be in good shape, but seller notes they are older and recommends they be replaced before a long trip. Extensive service records since second owner’s purchase in 1989 are included and shown in gallery photos. The original Mercedes tool kit and jack is also included.

The car is one of 6,325 built in 1965. A Road & Track review of the 230SL stated, “For those who value engineering finesse and high quality construction, it is alone in its field.” Other reviews declared it had a “cruising” speed of 100-plus mph and a top speed of 124 mph. Filed under: pagoda, sl, w113