Mercedes-Benz unveiled the W113 chassis to the public in 1963 as a replacement for the four-cylinder 190SL, and in some ways, for the 300SL sports car. The Paul Braq-designed body featured slab sides accented by crisp lines and subtle curves, with minimal chrome adornment. The wide, low bodywork was a wonderful expression of mid-century modern design. The removable hard top featured a subtle concave roof panel when viewed from the front, earning the nickname “Pagoda”. It was a huge departure from the swoopy, coke-bottle shape of the 190SL. Perhaps this was a deliberate move, as the W113 represented more than just a new car, it a complete change in philosophy for future SL sports cars. The first model, known as the 230SL was classified as a coupe/convertible, and came standard with a folding soft top hidden under an aluminum boot as well as a removable hard top. The Pagoda SL evolved through three generations, 230SL, 250SL, and 280SL with production ending in 1971.
The 230SL was the original and offers the cleanest looks of the three models. A150hp, Bosch fuel injected six cylinder was mated to either a four-speed manual or automatic transmission. The drive was sent through the rear
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