Comfort and driving safety.
The word alone incites wanderlust: “Pagoda” alludes to the Far East, with an exotic Asian note and warmer climes. Many were left longing for the sun in central Europe in the seemingly never-ending 1962/63 “winter of the century”. When the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 1963, it caused a sensation within the industry. Known internally as W 113, the two-seater roadster unites a decadent delivery of power with an engaging elegance and is distinguished by outstanding comfort, excellent driving performance and exemplary driving safety. The 230 SL is the first sports car worldwide with a safety body consisting of a rigid passenger cell and front and rear crumple zones.
In following this strategy, it was the first time that Béla Barényi’s knowledge of passive safety in vehicle bodies was implemented in a sports car by the safety-conscious Mercedes-Benz designers.