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Mercedes Benz 230SL

The legend of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a story is. Whereas the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL introduced in 1954 was able to direct benefits from the of the 300 SL racing sports car, were not quite so easy for the new 230 SL of the 113 series. After all it had to replace two successful models from the sales range – the 300 SL and the 190 SL.

The eagerly successor appeared in spring at the Geneva Motor Show and reactions to this new breed of car, which seemed to nothing at all in common with its predecessors, ranged from rejection to muted approbation.

two-seater with a punch

The new 230 SL’s creators deliberately set out to a car which had neither the tough image of the old school, nor that of the 190 SL, a second car for the lady of the house. It was to be a performance sports two-seater outstanding handling qualities and a degree of comfort. Such once again fanned the of discussion as to the true spirit of a car – but voices were quickly when the new 230 SL almost immediately home sporting successes as the victory of Eugen Böhringer/Klaus in the Spa – Sofia — Liège

The cars exterior was characterized by masculine lines and that SL face with the Mercedes radiant at its center. The engine featured an additional slight at its mid-point to accommodate the upright engine, and there was a generously trunk.

The effect achieved by the was light and airy thanks to the side windows and slender supporting the roof – a far cry from the car cliché and reminiscent of an oriental with its lines sloping inwards. And this unique gave the car its nickname even it had become a familiar sight on the – the “Pagoda”.

The 230 SL was available in different guises summer 1963: as a roadster an extremely user-friendly folding – a minor sensation in itself – and as a with a hard-top. In March – the 230 SL had in the meantime been superceded by the 250 SL – a further variant, the hard-top Lacking the soft-top and soft-top compartment, this third had extra interior space for or an additional transverse seat.

All versions could be driven as A mantle of silence was drawn its drag co-efficient of 0.52.

Safety – the new buzz word

The was the first SL to combine speed safety. As the car was built on the floor of the famous “tail-fin” series W – the first cars in the world to a safety body – the 230 SL also a rigid passenger compartment and a zone with impact-absorbing and rear sections. As with the the interior was “rounded” – with all corners and edges removed – and its predecessor the car offered seat as an optional extra.

Running engine and transmission

The running borrowed from the four-door 220 SE sedan, was adapted to meet the of the roadster. It had recirculating ball a dual-circuit break system and brakes on the front axle. was firm, but almost unusually for a sports car.

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Damping was achieved by gas-pressurized absorbers and for the first time an SL was with radial tires.

The also derived from the but was forced to accommodate a number of alterations, of which the most was the transition from two to six-pin pump. This allowed to be injected directly into the chamber through the pre-heated port and the open intake and no longer just into the pipe. The increased 2.3-liter developed 150 hp (110 kW) at 5500/min, 20 mkg of torque at 4200/min.

The 230 SL’s sports-oriented tuning meant the car getting up to speed – low revs simply not its thing at all.

The four-speed transmission, also from the sedan design, only in that the first ratio is a little shorter so as to a sportier acceleration – 9.7 seconds 0 to 100 km/h. From January onwards there was also a manual transmission (ZF), and for seeking the top in terms of comfort an was also optionally available.

By the the “Pagoda” had reached the end of its production the automatic version had reached a of about 77 percent. The same was for power steering – another which did not come as standard.

At the end of 1967 – with 19,381 having been built – the 230 SL was by the slightly larger-engined but otherwise identical 250 SL, true to the motto: beats displacement like displacement.” Less than a later this adage renewed application when the 170 hp kW) 280 SL became the successor to the 2.5-liter Taking all three “Pagoda together, a total of 48,912 were built up until 1971 – an impressive figure for innovative and stylish sports car from Mercedes-Benz.

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