1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible
|Engine||In-line, six-cylinder, 2306cc|
As a piece of automotive chic, the Pagoda-roof Mercedes-Benz SL of the 1960s has few peers. The clean, uncluttered shape by Paul Bracq remains as cool and stylish today as it did when new and the dished hardtop at once gives the SL an individual air and an impressive versatility - it can either be enjoyed as a roadster, complete with soft-top for occasional showers, or with the hard-top in place becomes a snug coupe perfect for the winter months. Launched in 1963 and simultaneously replacing both the 300SL and 190SL models, the W113 SL range was initially available with a 2.3-litre six-cylinder engine featuring a light alloy 6 cylinder engine, single-overhead camshaft and fuel injection with six-plunger injection pump. Rated at 150bhp with maximum torque of 144.5lb/ft, the power was delivered via a four-speed manual gearbox with the option of four-speed automatic transmission and stopping power was via an ATE dual circuit hydraulic system with Girling discs at the front. The combination of wide track, relatively short wheelbase and properly sorted suspension made for well-balanced handling and the SL was an accomplished performer, enjoying a successful career as a rally car. While values of other classics rise and fall according to the latest trends, demand amongst enthusiasts for the W113 SL range has remained strong for many years and - as an investment that can be enjoyed on a daily basis - they make excellent sense.