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Mercedes Benz 230 SL Pagoda

The Mercedes-Benz W 113 is a two-seat roadster, introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show and produced from 1963 through 1971.

The W 113 SL was developed under the auspices of Mercedes Benz Technical Director Fritz Nallinger. The lead designers were Paul Bracg and Bela Barenyi, who devised its distinctive, patented,slightly concave hardtop, which inspired the "Pagoda" nickname.

All models were equipped with an inline six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The bonnet, trunk lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminium to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tyres gave the W 113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch "fishbowl" headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the then already legendary 300 SL roadster.

In 1963 the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL, internally dubbed 'W 113', was displayed to the public as a replacement for the 190 SL and the legendary 300 SL.

The 230’s were a revolutionary design for the Mercedes SL model line, dressed in elegantly squared surfaces and proportions and offered as a GT two-seater roadster or coupe. With front disc brakes and a single pivot independent rear suspension. The 230 SL was capable of 125 mph and was available with either an automatic or 4-speed manual transmission. It was the first time an SL had been offered with an automatic transmission.

It was not only a fast car but also a safe car with its use of deformation zones located in the front and the rear. The roadster version even had a collapsible hood. Production continued until 1967. During its final year of production there were 135 examples produced. Entire production was nearly 19,400.


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