1966 Mercedes Benz 230 SL
2.3 L in line 6
Convertible and pagoda top
Front disc brakes
Rear drum brakes
Perhaps one of the most luxurious brands on the market is the Mercedes Benz, this handsome 1966 230SL could be one of the most successful models of the late 60’s. It's a wonderful example of engineering that defines the brand to this day.
With production of both the 300SL and the 190SL cars coming to and end in 1963, Mercedes Benz needed a new car to carry the SL (Sehr Leicht, very tight) torch. And while the previous cars immortalized the SL moniker, the 230SL was more a spiritual successor to those cars than a direct descendant.
Texas Classic Cars of Dallas is proud to present to you this 1966 Mercedes Benz 230SL. Mercedes debuted the 230SL at the Geneva Auto Show in March of 1963, to great acclaim. Exterior styling was a departure for Mercedes, which had until this point relied on rounded, even bulbous curves to characterize its automobiles. But the 230SL bordered on square, pulled off through the use of clean, elegant lines. intellegent placement of the wheels in proportion to the rest of the design, and a tall "pagoda" removable hard top.
The 230SL utilized a monocoque chassis borrowed from the 220 series sedan, with front suspension courtesy of coils and wishbones, while the rear incorporated a single pivot swing axle and transverse springs set up to compensate for camber. The Girling disc brakes stopped the front wheels, and power assist drums worked the rear.
For your money you will probably get one of the most well built sedan-convertibles in the world. Showcasing a white finish and straight sheet metal throughout. The chrome bumpers are in great condition and give it a more sophisticated look, and the grill is simple yet most recognizable.
The trunk is spacious and includes a spare tire. The tan upholstery is in very good condition. The front bucket seats are spacious, with no splits or tears. The door panels are original and show a little bit of aging. The current owner believes the mileage to be original. He has owned the car for several years and has maintenance records totaling over $6000.
The steering wheel it is the trademark for Benz, feeling outstanding when steering and comfortable while driving.
The dash is in original condition and the gauges are functional and clear. The rear area is carpeted and spacious giving extra storage. We would like to thank our friends at the Frontiers Of Flight Museum for their great location for our photo shoots. Please visit the museum when you're in Dallas. They are just minutes from our showroom.
Moving along to the engine, the car has a smooth straight six engine deriving from the 220 series, and bored out to 2.3 liters and is fuel injected. The convertible top is in very good condition. The undercarriage is clean and solid, showing very little surface rust.