Comfortable and powerful touring car.
The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL replaced the 190 SL and 300 SL models in 1963.Its exterior featured clear, straight lines and the distinctive SL face with the large centrally positioned Mercedes star. It came to be known as the “Pagoda” by virtue of its hard top:with its high windows, the roof supported on only narrow pillars exuded a lightness of touch which, in conjunction with its inward curve, was reminiscent of Far Eastern temples. The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL (W 113, 1963 to 1971) was the first open-top vehicle to feature a safety body with rigid occupant cell and readily deformable front and rear segments – the so-called crumple zones – and was based on the Mercedes-Benz “Fin-Tail” saloons. It was followed by the Mercedes-Benz 250 SL in 1967 and the 280 SL in 1968.
The SL R 107 series (1971 to 1989) took to the roads in the spring of 1971. For the first time in the history of the SL, this series was powered by eight-cylinder engines. Apart from their elegance and quality, the vehicles also exuded safety – the open-top two-seater’s crash performance was way ahead of its time. Although it was not originally planned to have such a long lifespan, this SL’s successful stint of 18 years marks an internal record which is unlikely to be broken: with the exception of the all-terrain vehicles of the G-Class, no other passenger car series has been produced over such a long period.