Mercedes w113 classic 1967 230sl Pagoda 2 tops 250sl 280sl

£62,000 (as of November 18, 2019, 1:05 pm)


                               Private sale of my 1967 230sl left hand drive from San Marino California.

              Very rare garaged Californian Black plate car, original 84647 miles which is genuine verified in documentation.

                                                    What is a California Black Plate Car?

This phrase is used a lot in California. What it means is that the car STILL
bears its original black and yellow California licence plate.  The licence plate series began in 1963 (where
all vehicles were issued the new plates) and ended in 1969.  A black plate on the car AND on the title
signifies that the car has been in California steadily since that plate was
issued, which would be 1969 at the latest. ZZZ 999 being the last plate issued.
The Californian black plates adds a very nice touch of history and provenance
and also look really cool on the cars.

                         4 speed Manual with power steering and Air con. Full set of original keys.


This is a matching engine number car as per data card, soft top compartment
lid and bonnet have their 3 number stamped 745. Original hand leaded notches by
the front lights.

      Chassis no.113042-10-019713   Engine no. 127981-10-014730   Date of
delivery 14th March 1967

I bought this car nearly 3 years ago in person to add to my car collection
and it is now for sale, California black plate Reg VAC248 which is shown in
documentation and my photos taken even as out there looking at car.

                                                            Here is a brief description of my car.

This is a Southern California, family owned “black plate”, entirely rust-free
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL with just 84k original miles and finished in beautiful
dark green metallic over a tan leather interior. Sold new to an attorney from
Pasadena, CA, the car was his daily driver up until the early 1970s, from which
point it was used exclusively for weekend cruises and special occasions. He
would keep the car until his death in 1994, when it was passed on to his son,
who also kept the car in Pasadena and, like his father, drove the car sparingly
and at all times kept it garaged and well maintained.

The car was repainted many years ago using original colour code 834G Moss
green by Mercedes of this era for the W113. Finish remains in excellent
condition: deep, lustrous, consistent and marred only by the most negligible of
imperfections, none of which are significant enough to appear in any of my
pictures. The chrome is in great original condition, as are the glass and
rubber, and the colour matched hub-capped wheels with beauty rings are wrapped
in brand new white wall tires. The undercarriage is completely original and
solid, as one would expect of a one-family owned, well-cared-for and garaged
Southern California example.

The car’s interior was reupholstered when the car was refinished and it’s in
practically new condition, the tan leather seats and interior panels showing
only limited wear and the dash housing nice wood trim. The car comes with both
tops: the colour matched hardtop and complimentary brown German canvas soft
top, both of which are in excellent condition (including the hard top’s
headliner and the soft top’s clear rear window), and it also retains its
original owner’s manual, original books, heavily stamped by Mercedes dealership
in California in its original service booklet (through 78k miles), original
owner’s stamped metal warranty card (sometimes called a Protecto Plate) very rare
to have and still be with car,  Original
tool kit and its original Kuhlmeister air conditioning unit (Operators Guide
and equipment warranty leaflet still with all the paperwork),  Original data card, Original Becker radio with
operating instructions unfortunately not working, please see pictures.

Since my ownership there have been some cosmetic changes like the Engine.
The engine bay was stripped down and highly detailed as you’ll see in the
pictures. The hoses have been changed and various components Passivated. Aluminium
parts were fine glass beaded. All filters changed oil, air, fuel, and new oils
right through. A new thermostat housing and thermostat from Mercedes was fitted as
the old one broke trying to get it off for detailing and new coolant added. The
send and return fuel lines blown through, with the tank being removed and
drained down removing any loose particles. There’s no oil leaks on the car
anywhere to be found. New rear break cylinders fitted with the entire brake
system bled. I also replaced the chrome wheel trims and put bran new set of 4 on as seen in pictures makes huge difference to appearance.

Please feel free to contact me on 07904713766 and more than happy to assist in anyway with international or European buyer . I am also on whats App so feel free to add me and contact me via this.

                      There are 190 pictures taken on 19th April of the car below

                    This car is now all set up to run and be enjoyed and it drives lovely just
how it should.

I have changed all the bulbs in the dash as some weren’t working… no easy
task! The clock is working which is rare in one of these. New soft top
compartment lid seal.

Then the final finish was to mop the car and take out any swirl marks
leaving it with smooth high gloss paint finish.

I have just had new front brake calipers and pads fitted prior to current MOT
and had entire brake system bled. 

Its current MOT is until 5th April 2020 with no advisories.  Its previous Mot was also clean with no


My car sounds and drives really nice and straight with excellent oil pressure
and with new brakes fitted stopping how it should.

                                           V5 document is present here in my name and address.

This is a very rare opportunity to buy a California black plate car. They do
not come on the market that frequently and are very sought after. This car has
provenance and is a really collectable car for future investment. The car will
come with its original Californian black plates, as well as a photocopy of the
original Californian Title proofing its provenance.

       The car can be viewed any evening or over the weekends at my home in the
KT19 area of Surrey.

                      I am more than happy to assist with any European buyer in any way I will be able to.

        Please feel free to contact me on 07904713766 with your questions or send me
a message.

      This is a classified listing with no bidding for anyone looking on a mobile phone

          Listing can be with drawn at any time as a result of car being advertised in other places.

Please have good look at all the 190 pictures below which were just taken today
Friday 19th April 2019 in my drive. I do have many pictures of me
buying car in person in California in his storage, Will not post these on here
out of respect to the previous owner being car collector himself, But will to
show them to anyone that comes over to look.

Photo gallery

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Specification: Mercedes w113 classic 1967 230sl Pagoda 2 tops 250sl 280sl


drive side

mot expiry

service history available



metallic paint

v5 registration document