Mercdes Benz SLís 1963 - 1971

W 113 Body Style

MBZ started introducing the 113 body style in March of 1963 and continued to produce Pagoda's until March of 1971.  Whereas the 190 SL and 300 SL were designed to be pure sports cars, MBZ focused with the Pagoda on refinement and comfort.  In it's 8 year run, the Pagoda was build with 3 different engine type:

          • the 230 SL from 1963 to 1967
          • the 250 SL from 1966 to 1968
          • the 280 SL from 1967 to 1971

While engine types varied, the body changed only slightly during this time.  The Pagoda was the only postwar MBZ production car which was styled outside the company, by Paul Bracq.

230 SL

The 230 was the first in the new line of MBZ SL's. It used the six-cylinder M127II engine, producing 124 mph with 150 DIN hp

Year

Non-USA

USA

Total

1963

1,289

176

1,465

1964

6,221

690

6,911

1965

5,218

1,107

6,325

1966

2,266

1,717

3,983

1967

85

1,047

1,132

Years

3 / 1963 - 3 / 1966

Engine Type

Inline ohc six

Engine Size

2,281cc

Engine Prefix

127.981

Transmission

4 speed manual or auto

DIN horsepower

150 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

20 mkg @ 4200 rpm

0 - 60 mph

11 seconds

Top speed

124 mph

Fuel consumption

16 mpg

Fuel capacity

17.2 gallon

Weight

2,866 lb

250 SL

In March of 1966, MBZ introduced the 250 SL.  The car had 10 percent more  torque than the 230 SL and also featured a larger tank.  The 250 SL is the rarest version of the Pagoda,  only 5,196 cars were built. 

Years

3 / 1966 - 1 / 1968

Engine Type

Inline ohc six (M129)

Engine Size

2,496 cc

Engine Prefix

129.982

Transmission

4 speed manual or auto

DIN horsepower

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

22 mkg @ 4200 rpm

0 - 60 mph

12 seconds

Top speed

121 mph

Fuel consumption

15 mpg

Fuel capacity

21.7 gallon

Weight

2,998 lb

280 SL

The 280 SL was the last and most powerful Pagoda.   Introduced to the US in January of 1968, the 280 SL had carpet, changes in the exterior lights (light in side reflectors) and a dash board that was modified to meet new US safety regulations.  The picture below shows a 280 SL with the  original steel wheels and hub caps (painted in the color of the hard top).  Many SL owners outfitted their vehicles with the 6 * 14 alloy wheels which were introduced in late 1969.

Years

1967 - 1 / 1971

Engine Type

Inline ohc six (M130)

Engine Size

2,778 cc

Engine Prefix

130.983

Transmission

4 speed manual or auto

DIN horsepower

170 hp @ 5750 rpm

Torque

24.5 mkg @ 4250 rpm

0 - 60 mph

11 seconds

Top speed

124 mph

Fuel consumption

14 mpg

Fuel capacity

21.7 gallon

Weight

2,998 lb

Year

Non-USA

USA

Total

1967

143

0

143

1968

4,530

2,400

6,930

1969

4,227

3,820

8,047

1970

1,550

4,019

5,569

1971

650

2,539

3,189

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