Considering a 1963 Mercedes 230SL for your collection? The Beverly Hills Car Club – a leading California classic car dealership – offers extensive Buyer’s Tips throughout this website. Learn more about the history with this Buyer’s Guide and get started in the search for your next European classic car! Let’s take a look at the history of the renowned “Pagoda”. Causing a sensation within the automotive industry, the Mercedes Benz 230SL was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in March of 1963. Known internally as the W 113, the two-seater roadster paired unparalleled delivery of power with an engaging elegance, distinguished by outstanding comfort, excellent driving performance and world-class driving safety. In fact, the 1963 Mercedes Benz 230SL was the first sports car worldwide with a safety body consisting of a rigid passenger cell and front and rear crumple zones.
Why is the 1963 Mercedes Benz 230SL referred to as the “Pagoda”? The characteristic form of the removable coupe roof with its inwardly pointing curvature not only improved safety, but was reminiscent of the curved roofs of Far Eastern temples. Quickly becoming a cult vehicle for fans of open-top driving and a worthy successor to the previously acclaimed 300SL and 190SL series, it didn’t take long for the new SL to receive the nickname “Pagoda”. Because of their performance, the 1963 230SL is a very usable car and easily keeps up with the cars of today. In fact, this 1963 Mercedes roadster is still widely used as an everyday driver for many European classic car and Mercedes enthusiasts. As with most classic cars, the Mercedes 230SL can be extremely prone to rust, except in places such as the hood, trunk lid, doors and tonneau cover for the soft top, as they were made of aluminum. While the sheet metal used to repair areas of rust is readily available, this can be costly. Of course, you will also want to have the mechanics of any 230SL checked out by a third party to ensure you have a keen knowledge of what you are purchasing.
The auto specialists at Los Angeles classic car dealership The Beverly Hills Car Club welcome you to browse their current inventory to view the 1963 Mercedes Benz 230SL options available to you. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Their team will happily search for the right car to suit your needs and look forward to helping you fulfill all your classic European and American car goals. Connect today to get started!
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