What connects Audrey Hepburn, Tina Turner, John Lennon and Sophia Loren? Love for the Mercedes Pagoda! This legendary model still has its loyal fans, also in Poland. Owing to the W113 Pagoda SL Klub Polska and Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Poland, the historic “Pagodas” were hosted in Jawor on August 17th this year which was enjoyed by both residents and tourists staying in the region.
This year’s International Pagoda Club Rally was led through the picturesque scenery of Lower Silesia and had its stop in Jawor. 24 crews from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden and of course Poland stopped at the Market Square. Club members visited the exhibition “Jawor – a new chapter in the history of Mercedes-Benz” in the Regional Museum and presented their cars to residents and tourists.
The Mercedes-Benz SL W113 made its debut 55 years ago, in March 1963. “Pagoda” was baptized by journalists participating in the launch of the model, which, the roof of the car was notably similar to the shape of far eastern temples. Mechanically, the SL W113 was related to the 220 SE (W111) model. They shared the same DNA , including the front independent suspension, twin-circuit braking system equipped with discs on the front axle and a modified engine. When designing the W113, much attention was also paid to safety. The pagoda was produced until1971. There were 48 912 cars created at that time. Already in the 1960s, the model gained a cult reputation. Today, due to its reliability, excellent driving characteristics and beautiful timeless bodywork – it is a valued classic.
The W113 Pagoda SL Club Polska was established in 2014 and includes 30 members- owners and enthusiasts of this Mercedes model. An honorary member of the Polish Pagoda Club is Paul Bracq – the designer of the legendary model.