The 230 SL Mercedes is one of the longer lived Mercedes-Benz models, lasting in production from 1963 through to 1971 and selling almost 50,000 units. Introduced to replace the legendary 300SL cars, the immortal "Gullwing", the car had a lot to live up to, but live up to it it did! Delivering effortlessly cool looks coupled to a gutsy performance driven by the creamy smooth six cylinder engines the cars never failed to deliver in terms of refinement and appearance.
Known in Mercedes-Benz circles as the W113, this version of the SL (Literally Sports Lightweight) was developed under the auspices of Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Head of Styling Friedrich Geiger. The lead designers were Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi, who created its distinctive, patented, slightly concave hardtop, which inspired the "Pagoda" nickname.
Classic and timeless styling coupled with the panache of the 1960s and this was a car favoured by the original "Jet Set".
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