There are a lot of average electric vehicles and electric golf carts for sale on eBay. We don’t usually pay much attention, but a check recently of new and unique offerings turned up a nice little gem – a 1965 Mercedes Benz 230 SL that has been turned into an all-electric, reportedly by a “creator of the EV cars GM produced in the early 90s.”
The 230 SL saw a four year window of production between 1963 and 1967. It was propelled by a 2,308 cc (2.3 L) M127.II inline-six engine with 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) and 196 N·m (145 lb·ft) torque. Very few were sold in the United States, and it was noted not only for its looks, but also the fact a Mercedes engineer behind the wheel of one once bested the driver of a three liter V12 Ferrari 250 GT on a track by a mere .2 seconds.
This rather unique electric conversion of that classic Mercedes, as of the time the eBay listing is currently active, is recorded as having 1500 miles on it. It is described as having an Advanced DC 9.1 inch, FB1-4001 electric motor that is powered by a sealed battery system. The 230 SL can be charged in any home outlet and it is said to have a range of around 60 miles. Its top speed is around 60 MPH.
Being curious about this car, I did some further researching and found what I believe is an older Hemmings classified ad for what looks to be the same car. This revealed a lot more information about the history of the vehicle. The person who designed this one of a kind ride reportedly took over 600 hours to complete the conversion, with virtually none of the original internal components left behind.
As designed at the time, this 230 SL was met to have a range of just 30 miles, so between that and the fact the mileage reads 500 from the time the Hemmings ad looks to have been running, I can imagine someone swapped out the battery for one with more energy capability at some point.
Both ads indicate this converted, and convertible, 230 SL is finished in a white exterior coupled to a dark blue interior. This interior, according to the Hemmings posting, has “correct wool loop stitched carpets, wood and white enamel accents.” Sounds like a beauty for a serious electric car collector if you ask me.