Mercedes-Benz presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963, the 230 SL which would go down in automotive history under the name of “Pagode”, in reference to its resolutely original style roof, the work of stylist Paul Bracq.

Responsible for succeeding both the legendary 300 SL and the 190 SL, this “Pagoda” was known at the Untertürkheim factory under the code name W113.

At the end of 1966, the 230 SL was replaced by the 250 SL, not more powerful but more “coupled”. What point to 200 km / h and shoot down the 0 to 100 km / h in 10 seconds.

In 1968, finally, appeared the 280 SL whose 6 cylinders had been increased to 2,778 cc and 170 hp.