eGarage pays tribute to the Mercedes-Benz W113 SL – read ‘Pagoda’ – on the model’s 50th anniversary.
Any successor has a tough act to follow, unless of course the preceding model was universally considered bilge. Back in 1963, Mercedes-Benz had the unenviable job of launching the W113 SL, its follow-up to the now iconic 300 SL.
That the model made its debut without gullwing doors – and much straighter bodylines – was the oft-talked about element of Paul Bracq’s design, and yet the concaved roofline of the new model would not only become the W113’s most notable feature, it would in itself inspire a new name for the new Merc: the Pagoda, a nod to high-tiered building designs.
Little wonder then, 50 years after the launch of the Pagoda, that eGarage should turn its attention in the Pagoda’s direction.