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1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Multiple records set at Mecum Indianapolis 2021
Friday, 14 May - Saturday, 22 May 2021
$49,500
Sale Price
$70,000 - $90,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
20 May 2021
Sold Date
T190
Lot Number
#3+
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 11304210009323. Red over black leather. 2308/170hp, 4-speed manual, wheel covers, store brand blackwall tires, Becker Europa radio.

Evaluation: From the Charlie Thomas Estate collection. Tired bumpers. Older repaint with some blisters, some chips at the back of the hood, and some touch ups behind the seats. Pitting on the trunk handle and taillight bezels. Slightly grubby but presentable engine bay. Dry-looking wood but otherwise good interior. A Pagoda SL almost always looks sharp, but this one is still just an average driver.

Bottom Line: Ambitiously estimated but realistically bought, this car also sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2016 for $48,400. Pagoda SLs, of which the 230 is the first and the least valuable, are solid and pleasant cars to drive even if they aren’t overtly sporty, and this is a spot-on price for an average-quality example.

by Andrew Newton
28 May 2021
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Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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