The W113 had big shoes to fill when it was introduced in 1963, as it was meant to take the place of both the 300 SL and the smaller but similarly beautiful 190 SL. What the W113 really did, though, was change the Mercedes SL’s identity and focus. The SLs remained essentially sporting automobiles with well-executed designs and modern technology, but also brought about a new emphasis on luxury. In typical Mercedes fashion, the car was also deeply impressive from a design perspective. The hardtop featured a concave roof with raised sides for better visibility, earning it the nickname “Pagoda”. The rest of the styling was also both refined and cleanly, elegantly proportioned. The engine was a strong and smooth single overhead cam straight-six equipped with Bosch fuel injection, and the W113 was one of the first cars designed with safety in mind. The build quality and the reality of owning one of these SL’s make for another plus in classic car circles and they are widely regarded as a great first vintage car because they are very well constructed, parts are relatively easy to find and they have a large enthusiast community behind them.
This 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL is a lovely example finished in ivory with its original tan leather interior, chocolate brown convertible top, matching factory hardtop, four-speed manual transmission and Becker Mexico cassette stereo, easily the most desirable combination of equipment. Well restored to be driven and enjoyed, it features strong original leather and exceptionally clean headliners, a brand new soft top, finely detailed trunk and engine bay, and recent high-quality chrome. The ivory over tan leather with brown cloth top livery is essentially Sixties and still looks good today. With a great look inside and out along with the manual gearbox, it is an ideal weekend car for long, smooth top-down drives.
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