This is the year when every classic sports car seems to be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and we’ve got one more to add to the mix.
At the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida over the weekend, Mercedes-Benz paid homage to the 230 SL, the famed “Pagoda” launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963.
Successor to the legendary 300 SL and its little sibling the 190 SL, the sweeping curve of its hardtop gave it the everlasting nickname.
In fact, the triumph of design was mostly motivated by safety upgrades, though Mercedes was quick to point out the car had some serious rallying chops as well in ads like the one below.
Personally, we always like to take a bowler hat along to the races…
- Posted March 12, 2013
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