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1963 MErcedes-Benz SL W113

Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible
Production years: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971

Introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, the third generation of the SL replaced the W121 and the W198 models and unified the lineup.

Starting with this generation, the SL was not available anymore in two body shapes. Instead, it was only an open-top vehicle with a removable hard top and a canvas roof hidden between the cabin and the trunk. It was designed by Paul Bracq and was a big departure from its predecessor. While some voices claimed it was a step back, from the aesthetic point of view, history showed that it was the right decision.

While its predecessors featured rounded shapes and arched lines, the W113 used flat panels or slightly curved ones. Its rectangular headlights were completely new and were part of a design element featured on Mercedes-Benz cars for the following three decades. Only the U.S. versions of the car sported round, sealed headlights due to U.S. legislation. From its profile, the car featured straight lines on the bodywork and a tilted windscreen. Beside the rear windscreen, the hard top also sported a pair of rear side windows.

The car's interior was available with either cloth or leather upholstery and only two seats at the front. A special version, named "California Coupe," featured a rear bench seat and no retractable roof. Inside the instrument cluster, the automaker installed two large dials for the speedometer and tachometer that flanked the gauges for the fuel level and the coolant temperature.

Under the hood, Mercedes-Benz offered a choice of gasoline engines ranging from 150 PS (148 hp) and 195 PS (192 hp). The four-speed manual gearbox was fitted as standard for most of the range but starting with 1966, there was an option for a five-speed manual. In addition, a four-speed automatic was available from the car's launch.

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MERCEDES BENZ SL "Pagoda" (W113) 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
  5 gasoline engines
  • 230 4MT (150 HP)
  • 250 4MT (150 HP)
  • 280 4MT (170 HP)
  • 280 5MT (185 HP)
  • 280 5MT (195 HP)
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MERCEDES BENZ SL "Pagoda" (W113) 230 4MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  230 4MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2308 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5500 RPM
150 HP @ 5500 RPM
148 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
159 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
216 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.5 in (4305 mm)
Width
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Height
51.5 in (1308 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.5/58.5 in (1,486/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
12 cuFT (340 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.42
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2855 lbs (1295 kg)

MERCEDES BENZ SL "Pagoda" (W113) 250 4MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  250 4MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2496 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5500 RPM
150 HP @ 5500 RPM
148 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
159 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
216 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.5 in (4305 mm)
Width
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Height
52 in (1321 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.5/58.3 in (1,486/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2998 lbs (1360 kg)

MERCEDES BENZ SL "Pagoda" (W113) 280 4MT (170 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  280 4MT (170 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2778 cm3
Power
125 KW @ 5750 RPM
170 HP @ 5750 RPM
168 BHP @ 5750 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
240 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.5 in (4305 mm)
Width
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Height
51.6 in (1311 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.5/58.3 in (1,486/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
12 cuFT (340 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.42
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2998 lbs (1360 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3781 lbs (1715 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.2 mpg US (14.5 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
18.5 mpg US (12.7 L/100Km)

MERCEDES BENZ SL "Pagoda" (W113) 280 5MT (185 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  280 5MT (185 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2778 cm3
Power
136 KW @ 5800 RPM
185 HP @ 5800 RPM
182 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
240 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/80 R 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.5 in (4305 mm)
Width
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Height
51.5 in (1308 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.5/58.5 in (1,486/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
12 cuFT (340 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.42

MERCEDES BENZ SL "Pagoda" (W113) 280 5MT (195 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  280 5MT (195 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2778 cm3
Power
143 KW @ 5800 RPM
194 HP @ 5800 RPM
192 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
240 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/80 R 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.5 in (4305 mm)
Width
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Height
51.5 in (1308 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.5/58.5 in (1,486/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
12 cuFT (340 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.42
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