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Updated 06-Nov-2010

Ett drömköp - En klassisk Mercedes-Benz SL - W113 (Pagoda)

Vill man äga en elegant 60-tals Mercedes-Benz, så kan valet stå mellan en W111 Coupé / Cabriolet och en W113 Pagoda SL.

Vänner till mig har båda. 2008 annonserades ett renoveringsobjekt på Blocket. Bilen hade stått sedan 1977. Skicket under ytan var inte så bra. Bilen kräver en total renovering - allt från stötfångare till stötfångare. Golv, flyglar, motor, krom, kaross, mekanik etc.

Ska bli spännande att följa bilens utveckling till ett körbart objekt. De många årens förvaring och kanske bristande underhåll dessförinnan, hade satt sina spår.

A Dream Buy - A Classic Mercedes-Benz SL - W113 (Pagoda)

If you are after the most elegant Mercedes-Benz of 1960´s, perhaps your choice are between the W111 Coupe / Cabriolet and the W113 Pagoda SL.

Friends of mine have both. In 2008 they bought a 250 SL from 1967. The car was in a very poor confition, but looked rather good outside. But it hadn´t been in traffic since 1977. The Pagoda is now under restoration from bumper to bumper. The chrome, the sills, and a lot of more would have to be replaced. The engine also needs to be repaired or replaced.

Should be interesting to follow the car´s development into an executable object. The many years of storage, and perhaps lack of maintenace before, had left its mark.


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230-SL (July, 1963−January, 1967)

Production began in 1963 with the 2.3 liter 230-SL. These models were commonly 4-speed manual transmission cars, but a 4-speed automatic transmission was also available and popular for U.S. market cars. The 230-SL sported front disc / rear drum power-assisted brakes. They quickly gained popularity in the U.S. market, and this eventually led to more and more cars being built with automatic transmissions. 19,831 copies of the 230-SL were built, of which 11,726 cars were exported.

250 SL (December, 1966−January, 1968)

The 250 SL was basically a one-year model, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1967, although in North America many were sold in, and titled as, 1968 model year cars. This model is the rarest of the W 113 cars. The main changes were the use of a 2496 cc motor with seven main bearings in place of the 2306 cc with four main bearings of the previous car. Also unchanged was the claimed 150 bhp maximum power: the new engine did, however, significantly improve torque, up from 145 to 159 lb. ft. Stopping power was also improved with the addition of rear disc brakes. The 250 SL retained the stiffer suspension and sportier feel of the early SLs but provided significantly improved performance, especially given the engine's wider power band. Like its predecessor, the 250 SL was offered with a four speed automatic: it was also sold with a ZF 5-speed manual transmission that remained available on its successor model through 1970. Of the 5,196 250 SLs built, 3,808 cars were exported (1,791 of which to the USA).

280 SL (December, 1967−March, 1971)

The 2.8 liter 280 SL was introduced in 1967 and continued production largely unchanged through 1971 when the W 113 was replaced by the entirely new, and substantially heavier, R 107 350 SL/450 SL. Most 280 SL cars built for the U.S. market were equipped with automatic transmission. Manual transmission cars came with either a 4-speed tramsmission or the super rare ZF-5 speed. The ZF 5 speed is very rare sought after by American collectors. In the European market manual transmission cars were still dominant. 23,885 280 SLs were produced, of which 12,927 units went to the USA and 5,754 to other countries outside of Germany.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_W113

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