The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda

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.