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Mercedes-Benz SL, its history

Which legends entwine around the cult model Mercedes SL?

Mercedes-Benz SL series 1955-1963

What do Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and the Nitribitt have in common? They all had him! We are talking about the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W121). Designed at the time as an elegant touring car, this beauty is now an automobile cult.

It is the month of September 1953, when Maximilian Hoffman was the US importer of the German brand with the star. His wish is to have two different convertibles in his portfolio in the future: one from the 300 SL and one like the 190 SL.

The design draft by Walter Häcker and Hermann Ahrens brings the placet to series maturity. The Mercedes 190 SL goes into production on 7 April 1955. In its design language, it clearly shows unity with its brother's heart, but it has lots of character traits of its own. This applies both to the cost price (then around 16,500 D-Mark) and to the engine. 1897 cubic centimetres of displacement are spread over four cylinders. 105 horsepower is the result of the power gained from this. There is also a choice of a softtop or a hardtop as well as a very clear list of options.

Places like the Croissette, or the boulevards of the metropolises, are the preferred terrain of the 190 SL: seeing and being seen is its favourite motto. The famous people who call a 190SL their own at the time are correspondingly illustrious: Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr and who doesn't think of the Nitribitt! as well? In its more than eight years of construction, the Mercedes-Benz 190SL is regarded as the status symbol and represents its time in a unique way. More than 25,000 units sold until the end of production in February 1963 speak for themselves.

Born then as an automotive beauty and today an automotive cult: Happy are those who have a 190 SL Mercedes classic car in their garage today. For some, it is a collector's item, for others a real investment with potential for growth. Copies whose value today exceeds € 100,000 are not uncommon.

Some facts about the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W121) classic car - excerpt:

Superstructure Roadster (Cabrio + Softtop) + Coupé (Cabriolet + Hardtop)
Motorisation 105 hp at 5,700 /min from 1897 ccm and 4 cylinder series
Gearbox 4-speed manual transmission
Number of production units 1955 1.727 units
1956 4.032 units
1957 3.332 units
1958 2.722 units
1959 3.945 units
1960 3.977 units
1961 3.792 units
1962 2.246 units
1963 104 units
Source: 190 SL Club

A legend: the Mercedes Benz 230 SL - Mercedes-Benz SL 1963-1971

"What's the most striking characteristic of a W 113?" This question is answered by someone who has loved these automobiles since childhood, like a pistol: "Of course the roof". One has his sickles (meaning the 190 SL (W121), the other his pagoda roof (230 SL / 250 SL / 280 SL (W 113).

First of all, the term originates from East Asian architecture. The outwardly curved roof, the so-called pagoda roof, is eye-catching for the observer. This stylistic element is a design feature and nickname (pagoda) of all W 113s at the same time.

In March 1963, the successor to the W 121 and W 198 series, the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL (works designation W 113) in its closed version, was presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show. Very quickly, it not only delighted the international trade press, but also film stars such as Doris Day, Sophia Loren and Senta Berger.

In some respects, the W 113 can be regarded as a caesura of the SL series. On the one hand, it has a sober design with clear lines that lend it timeless elegance. On the other hand, it has all the comforts of a comfortable yet truly sporty two-seater. Other remarkable features include the innovative safety body, which is now also being incorporated into the SL series, and the optional four-speed automatic transmission.

The then chief developer of Mercedes-Benz, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, impressively demonstrated the sportiness of the new W 113 on the Annemasse-Vétraz-Monthoux racetrack in 1963. In the following years, the racing drivers Böhringer and Glemser confirmed this with further successes.

Regarding the engine, the first modification was made in December 1966: The 2.5-litre engine from the sedan was installed in the W 113 in a slightly modified form, replacing the 2.3-litre version from the following year, but the nominal power output did not differ.

Already in 1968 the decision was made in Sindelfingen to exchange the motorization of the W-113, which in the meantime is named 250-SL, again. From this year on, it is powered by a 2.8-litre engine, which now, in the good tradition of this series, draws 170 horsepower from a 6-cylinder in-line engine.

This era of the Mercedes W113 ends in 1971, followed by the models of the R 107 series.

Today the Benz models of the W113 series are very popular with collectors. They are lovingly cared for, moved from time to time and increasingly appreciated as an object of investment. It is remarkable to follow how the German Oldtimer Index has developed in recent years, especially with regard to the Mercedes-Benz Pagoda.

Some facts about the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL / 250SL / 280 SL (W113) - excerpt:

Motorisation 150 PS / 150 PS / 170 PS at 5500 /min from 2306 ccm and 6-cylinder series
Gearbox 4-speed manual transmission Optional 4-speed automatic transmission
Number of production units

Type 230 SL 1963 to 1967 19,831
Type 250 SL 1966 to 1968 5,196
Type 280 SL 1968 to 1971 23,885

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