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1963 Mercedes Benz 230SL

Considering a 1963 Mercedes 230SL for your classic car collection? ER Classics offers extensive tips throughout this website. Learn more about the history and get started in the search for your next European classic car! Let’s take a look at the history of the renowned “Pagoda”. Causing a sensation, the Mercedes Benz 230SL was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 1963. Known internally as the W113, the 2-seater roadster paired unparalleled delivery of power with an engaging elegance, distinguished by outstanding comfort, excellent performance and world-class safety. In fact, the 1963 Mercedes Benz 230SL was the first sports car with a safety body consisting of a rigid passenger cell and front and rear crumple zones.

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Why is the 1963 Mercedes Benz 230 SL referred to as the “Pagoda”? The characteristic form of the removable coupe roof with its inwardly pointing curvature not only improved safety, but was reminiscent of the curved roofs of Far Eastern temples. Quickly becoming a cult vehicle for fans of open-top driving and a worthy successor to the previously acclaimed 300 SL and 190 SL series, it didn’t take long for the new SL to receive the nickname “Pagoda”. Because of their performance, the 230SL 1963 is a very usable car and easily keeps up with the cars of today. In fact, this 1963 Mercedes Benz roadster is still widely used as an everyday driver for many European classic car enthusiasts. As with most classic cars, the Mercedes 230SL can be extremely prone to rust. Of course, you will also want to have the mechanics of any Mercedes 230SL checked out by a 3rd party to ensure you have knowledge of what you are purchasing.

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