Discreetly upgraded with a Mercedes-Benz 5-liter V8 engine. Professionally built from the ground up using factory parts and hardware. Virtually indistinguishable from standard, yet packing a V8 punch. A wolf in sheep’s clothing!
At first glance, our featured 1967 230 SL appears to be a sharp, nicely restored and well-presented standard car. However, under the bonnet of this very special Pagoda lurks a surprise in the form of a 5.0-liter Mercedes-Benz M117 V8 sourced from a European-specification 1983 500 SEC. Carefully planned and implemented over two years, this incredible conversion uses almost all factory Mercedes-Benz components and hardware. This car was a personal project of a Mercedes-Benz specialist, and the transformation is carried out to a very high standard, with virtually no detail overlooked. From the outside, one would be hard pressed to see this as anything other than a standard SL. The restored body is very attractive in the factory shade of bright white (DB050), with matching hardtop and color-keyed wheels. The paintwork is lovely, with straight body sides and properly-aligned panels. Chrome and brightwork are excellent, and the car rides on factory 14-inch steel wheels with the correct early-style “dog dish” hub caps with trim rings. Slightly larger-than-standard Michelin 195/75 R14 radials are about the only hint that this car may be more than what it appears on the surface.