1967 Mercedes Benz 230 SL Roadster


AutoArcheologist
Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230
Price
$32,000
Condition
Good / Fair
Mileage
175,000
Transmission Type
Automatic
Exterior Color
Burgandy
Interior Color
Tan
Category  Foreign Cars

Description
1967 Mercedes Benz 230 SL Purchased originally in southeastern CT, this two owner Mercedes has spent all of her life in that corner of CT. The current owners purchased her in the early 80's when she was painted in the original Blue/Green color. After a minor accident in the mid 80's the car was painted in the Maroon color she currently wears. After 40 years in the same ownership and being a fun driver for the family since then, she does show some wear and every bit of the 175,000 miles, .....
however, she wears them well and still inspires admiration in those who see her rolling down the street. The car came off the assembly line with several options, including code 426, a floor mounted automatic transmission shifter; 493, heavy duty heater and 508, left side rear view mirror. The car came factory equipped with power steering, power brakes (discs in front, drums in the rear) and leather interior. The seats were reupholstered several years ago and are in great condition. The door cards and dash padding are pretty good as well. Carpets are not too bad, do show some wear but are far from tattered. The soft top folds up and down with ease and seals well, although the the rear window has separated from the top in one small area about 3-4 inches long. The hard top disappeared a long time back.. if found it will go with the car but currently it's whereabouts are unknown. The car has been regularly maintained and despite the 175K miles, the fuel injected M127 straight six starts right up and runs strong with just a puff of smoke upon initial start up. Within the last several years the front brakes were done including rotors and calipers, new KYB shocks were installed and the exhaust was done (there are still two more bits in the trunk to be installed). The body is solid and the paint shines nicely despite some chips here and there. The trunk color is slightly off as the owner dropped a car battery on it and it was replaced/repainted. These cars are known for rusting where the toe boards meet the floor boards and this car has suffered that fate. It was patched but could be done much better. This car can be driven and enjoyed as she is. Just get out and take her for ice cream, to the cars and coffees, etc. She isn't going to take home trophies but you'll take home smiles. If you're one who likes to tinker and work on these classics, this is a great platform to build upon and these SLs are valued up to near 6 figures when done out to concours condition. Buy her, drive her and do a little bit here and there and make her better with each season. Asking Price is $32,000 Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her in person or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
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2dr
Power Steering
Power Disc Brakes
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Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.


That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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