Mercedes-Benz SL 230

The SL-Class 230 SL was a new design with a low bottom and large curved greenhouse windows. It was a Coupe Roadster whose distinctive roofline earned it a few nicknames over the years. Around 1968 the engine received a displacement increase and the model became known as the 250 SL. The last two years of production as the 280 SL included minor changes to switch knobs and the wheel trim rings became full hubcaps. The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of luxury automobiles meaning 'Sport Light'. It first appeared on the 1954 300 SL. The Mercedes-Benz W 113 automobiles were produced from 1963 through 1971. The W 113 replaced the W 198 SL Class in 1963 and was replaced by the R107 SL Class later in 1972. All SL Class models boasted an inline six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. All of the models are rear-wheel drive, but are also equipped with independent rear suspension, which is a feature that greatly improved road handling. Most of these early SLs were sold with both the removable hard top and a soft top in the Coupe/Roadster configuration. There was also a California Coupe version available that came with the removable hardtop but no soft top. Why the name, one really does not know. Do people in California not need soft tops or something? Anyhow, in these models, the soft top basket, which was located between the passenger compartment and the trunk, is removed. Rather, a drop-down bench seat is installed in its place. The rear seat is small and not very useful, so these 2+2 models are rare but not especially sought after today. And then consider the expanding waistlines of people today and it is unlikely that anyone would want to sit back there.