Pagoda Mercedes raised the ceiling
I've liked the Mercedes 2-door "Pagoda-Roofed" cars for quite a while now. It wasn't so long ago that they were quite a common sight on the roads, but I haven't seen one for ages - hence a chance to capture two beautiful examples was not to be missed!
Bits about the Pagoda Mercedes
The "Pagoda" nickname originated from the (patented) design of the roof, which was slightly concave.
Officially designated the W113, the Pagoda was released in 1963 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Production continued until 1971, with just under 50,000 built.
All cars were fitted with an in-line 6-cylinder engine, of 2.3, 2.5 or 2.8 Litres.
Bonnet, Doors, Boot and Tonneau cover were made from Aluminium to add lightness.
Most cars were a convertible with a soft top, and there was an optional hard top available.
A 2+2 was also available (the 250SL) which had a fold-down rear bench seat.
The Pagoda was the first sports car built with a "Safety Body" - a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones. Hard edges were eliminated from the passenger space.
The Pagoda was the first Mercedes with Radial Tyres.