Although having a tough act to follow, the 1966 Mercedes Benz 230SL was a big step forward for Mercedes Benz from its 190SL predecessor. With its sleek, angular look and powered by a 2,306 cc, 150-horsepower OHC inline six with mechanical fuel injection, the Mercedes 230SL took the world by storm. Nicknamed the “Pagoda” due to the atypical roofline of the hardtop, which was lower in the middle and higher at the edges, the 1966 230SL and other year models gave a powerful, luxurious performance without compromising the styling and world-class craftsmanship that Mercedes has become known for. This stellar performance makes the 1966 Mercedes roadster a very usable car even by today’s standards. Aesthetically, there were a few changes that happened in mid to late 1965 that also impacted the 1966 Mercedes SL, including the exhaust manifold being changed from sheet steel to cast iron-exhaust head pipes, the shape of the horn ring changed from round to flattened top, and the gear shift lever was bent forward 55mm. While small, these changes can help you identify a true 1966 230SL.
The 1966 Mercedes Benz 230SL was not an inexpensive car in its day. In the United States, the list price of $7,500 could have easily have purchased a Jaguar E-Type, which was the main competitor during the time. However, the 230SL was still a success in the marketplace with approximately 19,831 produced before the arrival of its successor, the 250SL, in December 1966. If you’re considering the purchase of a 1966 230SL, the leading California classic car dealership – The Beverly Hills Car Club – looks forward to offering you their Buyer’s Tips and to sharing their knowledge and expertise with you. Because of the large production numbers of this auto, there is generally a nice selection available ranging from restoration projects to pristine, showroom quality examples. The best thing you can do, due to the expense of restoration, is to purchase the most complete car you can afford. Luckily, The Beverly Hills Car Club and Los Angeles classic car dealership can help you find 230SL models of all years and conditions.
They invite you to browse their website to view the 1966 Mercedes Benz 230SL models they currently have in inventory and encourage you to contact them with any questions you may have. They look forward to hearing from you soon and to putting you in the car of your dreams! Connect today!
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