The Mercedes-Benz W113 (1963-1971) was the successor to the legendary 300 SL (W198) and 190 SL (W121). The design of Paul Bracq and Béla Barényi was more angular than its predecessors and the first SL extensively equipped with safety features such as the crumple zone, an invention of Barényi. Sharp edges and corners were removed from the interior, seat belts were not compulsory at the time but available at extra cost. To reduce weight the doors, hood and trunk lid were made of aluminum. The two-seater convertible was standard delivered with a soft-top. The optional hardtop was slightly curved, like the roof of a Chinese temple, and was soon known as "pagoda". A 2 + 2 roadster with hardtop, the so-called California model, was available at an additional charge. The W113 stars on many "most-beautiful-cars- of-the-20th-century" lists and was very popular with the showbiz crowd.
The 230 SL (1963-1967) was the first model introduced. It was equipped with a 2306 cc, six-cylinder inline engine that produced 150 hp and a top speed of 124 mph (200 km / h). In December 1966 the 250 SL was presented, just 5,196 units of this model were built until January 1968, making it the rarest of the Mercedes W113 series. A total of 1,761 250 SL's were sold in the USA. US models were distinguished by different headlights, non-metric instruments and several modifications to meet with US regulations. Models with automatic transmission, air conditioning and so-called whitewall tires sold well in the US.
The new M129.III engine and rear disc brakes made for better agility and an additional tank capacity of 17 liters increased the range of the 250 SL. The maximum power of the engine remained as with the 230 SL 150 hp. However, the torque improved significantly from 197 Nm to 216 Nm. In August 1967 the 250 SL underwent a number of additional changes such as a collapsible steering wheel and some embellishments to the interior. The US model was equipped with side reflectors on the fenders and emission control equipment.
1967 Mercedes Benz
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