1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible

First introduced to the world at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, the Mercedes-Benz W113 — better known as the 230 SL — certainly had big shoes to fill. It was slated to be the replacement for both the iconic 300 SL and the smaller 190SL. As it turned out, the 230SL wasn’t so much a replacement as it was a significant change in direction for the Super Light line, bringing the American market an emphasis on luxury while retaining an essential sportiness — something lead engineer Fritz Nallinger called “motoring happiness.”

  •  2.3-liter overhead,
  • cam inline,
  • fuel-injected 6-cylinder engine,
  • 150 HP,
  • 4-speed manual gearbox,
  • double-wishbone front suspension,
  • transverse spring rear axle,
  • 94.5” wheelbase


1966 Mercedes engine block

The fresh new 230SL was a sales success, immediately doubling the best results of the previous 190SL. It proved to be a landmark design with undeniable collector appeal.

1966 Mercedes 230SL right side

Perhaps the most distinctive new feature was the removable hardtop designed by Paul Bracq, which had a slightly concave center section and raised edges — a clever touch that effectively improved cabin visibility and created much easier access. It also gave the car a distinct look, earning the 230SL its familiar nickname, the “Pagoda.”

1966 Mercedes 230SL left side

The 230 continued the Mercedes-Benz tradition of impeccable build quality. Neither extravagant nor overly aggressive, the clean, new styling was elegantly proportioned. Collectors enjoy the attention these cars get. The easy availability of parts and a well-established and enthusiastic community of fellow Mercedes-Benz owners open up a world of collector car opportunities to the new owner.

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Power is provided by the robust and reliable fuel-injected straight-six engine installed at the factory, mated to a supple and fully-synchro 4-speed manual transmission. The W113 was a very early adapter of safety considerations like planned deformation zones to protect the passengers and the lack of any sharp edges that began in the design stages. The engine in this example is silky smooth with good power delivery — the total package is tight and handles well. Top speed is listed as 125 MPH, thanks to a high compression head and new 6-nozzle Bosch fuel injection, and it’s equipped with front disc brakes and power-assisted rear drums.

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This highly presentable 230 SL is, apart from a repaint in period correct Grey Beige, largely original and wearing its miles gracefully. It was originally sold at Worldwide Motors in Indianapolis, Indiana — included in the sale are many original documents, including instructions for the original Becker radio, which is still in the car.  The shipping invoice, warranty papers and service records are included, in addition to both the hard and soft tops. The original turquoise leather upholstery and carpets are in good condition and bespeak the careful use this car has received.

1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet

The 1936 Cord 810 was a sharp break from traditional automotive styling, with equally innovative mechanicals.  Envisioned as a sporty middle ground between the massive Duesenberg and the traditional Auburn, the debut of the “New Cord” at the November 1935 New York Auto Show was remarkable, with photos showing the joyful madness of the crowd. Many individuals reportedly stood on roofs of other cars, just to catch a glimpse.

  • 288-cu. in. L-head V-8 engine,
  • 125 HP,
  • four-speed pre-selector manual transmission,
  • independent front suspension,
  • rear semi-elliptic suspension with leaf springs and
  • four-wheel hydraulic brakes,
  • 125” wheelbase

AMIG 1936 Cord 810 2 eng
For an industry in which “totally new” was a worn-out catchphrase, the Cord 810 was truly radical. The Gordon Buehrig design boasted previously unheard-of advancements, such as unitary construction, an underslung floor, completely hidden door hinges and no running boards. Sleek and low, it was known as the “coffin nose” Cord because it lacked a traditional upright radiator. With front-wheel drive and a four-speed transmission (shifting was accomplished by pressing a European-style pre-selector switch on the steering column), it was a glimpse into the future of automotive design.


Cord ads sang the praises of the new car’s power, handling prowess and graceful beauty. Buyers initially responded in droves, but it was all for naught — production delays and the Depression doomed the Cord after only two short years of production. Of the four original body styles, the most treasured and sought-after is the two-passenger cabriolet, known to many enthusiasts as the “Sportsman.”


Cord 810 2

The Cabriolet photographed today was acquired in 1971 by its present owner — a long-term Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club member — and it held the honor of being his first ACD antique car. The car was found behind an old gas station in North Portland.


It was restored over a period of several years with the assistance of respected Cord specialists in the Pacific Northwest including, most prominently, the late Wayne Weihermiller, whose skill with the Cord’s notoriously finicky transmission was legendary. Weihermiller carefully rebuilt the transmission and the instrumentation.

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The car was also fitted with improved front axle U-joints that were developed by LeeRoy Richardson, allowing it to be comfortably and reliably driven for long distances. The Richardson conversion is fully accepted by Cord enthusiasts as a welcome improvement in safety and reliability and are a highly desirable feature.


The car’s details are authentic throughout. The older restoration holds up nicely. The vehicle features an original bronze windshield frame (which is highly preferable to later re-castings), a correct accessory ashtray and an original, working radio.
AMIG 1936 Cord 810 1

Although the original engine (FB 1742) was changed out years ago, the original serial number tag remains on the car. Most importantly, because a correct 810 engine was installed, the substitution does not affect the ability to submit it for ACD Club certification by the new owner. The car is listed as an authentic cabriolet in both of Josh B. Malks’ standard references on the model: Cord Complete and The Timeless Classic.


The owner notes that the car is a strong driver, still shifts well after some recent sorting and recently completed a 150-mile tour. This car has only been shown at a few local events and concours over the years, making it an ideal ACD Club or CCCA tour car.  A high-quality 810 like this would assuredly be welcomed into nearly any classic car event. It demonstrates the best of early design and engineering.