The W113 chassis first appeared before the public in 1963. This all-new SL was a total departure from the old 190SL and much more of a tame GT car when compared to the costly 300SL. The Paul Braq-designed body was crisp and minimally adorned; a beautiful expression of modern design. In the tradition of the 300SL, the new car was offered with a soft top and a removable hard top. The hard top had a brilliant yet subtle design feature –a concave roof panel that when viewed from the front, resembled that of a Japanese Pagoda, the ensuing nickname has stuck with the car to this day. The new SL represented a complete change in philosophy for all future SL sports cars, the complex and expensive 300SL was gone, as was the soft and delicate 190SL. Mercedes’ new SL now combined elements of strong performance in a comfortable and stylish GT car. The “Pagoda” SL evolved through three generations: The 230SL, 250SL, and 280SL with production ending in 1971 with the arrival of the R107 chassis.
The final evolution of the W113 appeared in 1968, now with a bored/stroked 2.8 liter version of the proven Bosch-injected inline six. The vast majority of cars left the factory gates equipped with the four
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