Mercedes W113

The Complete Story

Mercedes W113 The Complete Story
Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781847976956
Buy from an Online Retailer


In 1963 the Mercedes W113 replaced two cars: the 300 SL racing legend and the successful 190 SL. In the process, the 230/250/280 SL two-seat coupe/roadster became an icon not only by carving out the perfect niche between its two predecessors, but also by being like no other car on the road. Mercedes W113 - The Complete Story explores both the technical and social side of how this legend was born. The book covers:The W113's predecessors - the 300 SL and the 190 SL.Design and development of the 230, 250 and 280 SL models, including the distinctive concave 'Pagoda' roof and the 'Californian Coupe' rear seat option.Bela Barenyi's innovations that made the 230 SL the first 'safety sports car'.Rallying successes for the W113.The R107 successor.Specialist advice on 'Pagoda' restorations, and ther W113 in popular culture.

The author

Myles Kornblatt's lifelong passion for automobiles has led him to search the globe for interesting cars.  He has gained a reputation for rediscovering and writing the histories on vehicles that the automotive community had thought were long-lost or never even knew existed.  His work has appeared in publications such as Top Gear, GQ, Classic Cars, Classic Car Weekly and Octane.  When he is not out hunting down a new find, Myles is the curator at the Miami Auto Museum.

Reader reviews


Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781847976956
Illustrations: 249 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 10.25 in x 0.75 in / 215.9 mm x 260.35 mm x 19.05 mm

You might also be interested in

Making a Statement
“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” That’s a sentiment that any creator or innovator (or Star Fleet captain) keeps with them as they look towards the future. But in some cases, this enterprising spirit can be directed at the past. Within the pages of Art of the Hot Rod you can meet Ken “Posies” ...
Read More >
See More Posts