230 SL ‘Pagoda’ (W113)

Mercedes-Benz 230 SL ‘Pagoda’ (W113) 1963-1971

The 230 was the successor to both the 190 SL and the 300 SL and was perceived by many as a bit of a compromise. Its unusual roof -lower in the centre than at the edges- soon earned the car the epithet ‘pagoda roof’ because of its similarity with oriental temples.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

The W113 SLs were built from 1963 to 1971, starting off as the 230 SL. The 250 SL was introduced in 1969 and the series ended as the 280 SL in 1971.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

Straight 6, 2281cc

150 hp @ 5500 rpm

4 speed manual

Unitary construction

Top speed
200 km/h

0-100 km/h: 11 s