Get yourself a Mercedes 230 SL Pagode by Stirling Moss

Get yourself a Mercedes 230 SL Pagode by Stirling Moss

On August 27, as part of the sale that will be organized in Silverstone, the British House of Silverstone Auctions will auction the 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL “Pagoda” that belonged to Sir Stirling Moss.

The 230 SL (W113) presented by the star manufacturer at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, replacing the 190 SL, quickly became a “classic”. Leaving the 4-cylinder of its predecessor for a 2.3-liter 6-cylinder with injection, derived from the one installed on the 220 SE, it had a power of more than 150 hp allowing it to move at a speed of 193 km / h. peak. Performances that, added to the lines created by the Frenchman Paul Bracq, influenced the brand’s customers as much as the competition enthusiasts. Englishman Stirling Moss was one of them.

In 1966 Stirling Moss became a motorsport legend, and his journey led him to develop a close relationship with Mercedes-Benz. Moss began driving for Maserati in Formula 1 in 1954, but that same year he was signed by Mercedes-Benz racing director Alfred Neubauer as the German brand’s official driver for the 1955 season. later joined. the most successful racing team in the world. In 1955 with co-driver Denis Jenkinson, he won the Mille Miglia with an average speed of 157.65 km/h, setting a new record that will never be broken.

On July 16, 1955 Moss continued his Grand Prix streak this time, taking victory in a Mercedes-Benz W196R, during the British Grand Prix at Aintree. By beating the other three “Silver Arrows” driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, Karl Kling and Piero Taruffi under the checkered flag, he became the first British driver to win the prestigious event.

Stirling Moss’ favorite road car

In the spring of 1966, Stirling Moss, then 36 years old, considered changing his car and the 230 SL Pagode was his first choice. He would explain in a letter sent to Alfred Neubauer, that “in all these years I’ve been driving, I don’t remember driving a car I’d like to own more (apart from racing cars!)”.

So Mercedes-Benz decides to meet the British test by preparing a prototype shown at the Earls Court Motor Show 1966. Additional equipment explicitly requested by Moss: a roof rack and hinges specially designed by Mercedes-Benz for the 300 SL Gullwing. In fact this may be the only 230 SL Pagode model with these specifications.

Stirling Moss received his car directly from the Mercedes-Benz factory, accompanied by his wife Elaine. The event did not die and later, the star manufacturer did not fail to communicate in the duo created by Moss and his 230 SL Pagode, a car that he adored. However, he gave it up in 1968, after traveling more than 10,000 miles on the wheel.

The car, which today shows 79,485 covered miles, has changed hands several times since it came into the hands of the late champion on April 12, 2020. The value of this 230 SL Pagode is estimated at between £100,000 and £120,000, but given its value. history is unlikely that its new owner will have to spend more to connect it to his private garage.

Photo credit: Silverstone Auctions