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1968 Mercedes SL Pagoda : Classic Cars

Less than half a year after its presentation, the 250 SL was replaced by a new model. When the new intermediate-class Types were introduced to the markets, not only the sedans, coupes and convertibles of the top class, but also the SL was fitted with a 2.8-liter engine. Owing to a camshaft with new control times, the engine version built into the 280 SL delivered an additional 10 hp compared to the basic version of the 280 SE. Compared with the 250 SL engine output had been increased by 20 hp and torque was 10 % higher. Apart from the model badge, the 280 SL could only be differentiated from the two predecessor models by the wheel trim.

In March 1971 production of the 280 SL ended. The successor was the 350 SL, a completely new design, the production of which began in April 1971. A total of 48,912 cars were built of the three 113 series SL-models in eight years. Due to the characteristic shape of the roof the sports car models 230 SL, 250 SL and 280 SL are now generally known as the 'Pagoda SL'.

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