The Sanctuary on Wheels

Let me start by saying, ‘I know beauty is subjective.’

However, when it comes to the Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda, it is simply beautiful.

The Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda’s office moniker is the Mercedes-Benz W113; how dull.

Call it a Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda, and a whole different vision emanates.

The W113 was ‘nicknamed’ Pagoda because of its concave hardtop, reminiscent of the style of roof found on Asian pagodas.

It was designed by Friedrich Geiger and Paul Bracq (the greatest designers you never knew); both were also responsible for the vast Mercedes W108, a luxury liner.

Mercedes offered the Pagoda with three engine options: a 2.3-litre (M127), a 2.5-litre (M129), and a 2.8-litre (M130). It was also fitted with a passenger cell safety zone.

The Pagoda was sold as a luxury grand tourer but was successful in motorsport circles, particularly rallying and endurance racing.

Unsurprisingly, celebrities, including John Lennon, Priscilla Presley, Tina Turner, David Coulthard, and even Harry Styles, have sought the Pagoda.

Back to that beautiful concave roof, created to add strength and make access easier.

Style never goes out of fashion – with a Pagoda, you are not just driving. You are making a statement.

The beautiful Pagoda. A Sanctuary on wheels.