In 1963 the Mercedes W113 replaced two cars: the 300 SL racing legend and the successful 190 SL. In the process, the 230/250/280 SL two-seat coupe/roadster became an icon not only by carving out the perfect niche between its two predecessors, but also by being like no other car on the road. Mercedes W113 - The Complete Story explores both the technical and social side of how this legend was born. The book covers: the W113's predecessors - the 300 SL and the 190 SL; design and development of the 230, 250 and 280 SL models, including the distinctive concave 'Pagoda' roof and the 'Californian Coupe' rear seat option; Bela Barenyi's innovations that made the 230 SL the first 'safety sports car'; rallying successes for the W113; the R107 successor, with specialist advice on 'Pagoda' restorations, and the W113 in popular culture. Superbly illustrated with 249 colour photographs.SL. 250 SLs on the MercedesBenz test track in Unterturkheim. Mercedes knew that the W113 needed to have brisk performance. That was seen from ... This was especially true of the automatic transmission version, which comprised 40 per cent of all 230 SLs. The 230 SL was ... With its heavy reliance on the powerdriven US market, the limitations of the 2.3litre engine were causing a problem. It was bestanbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Crowood - 2014-04-30|