Petrolicious shows Mercedes 280SL as architecture in motion
While still an absolute beauty today, the design of the pagoda-roof W113 Mercedes-Benz SL was revolutionary when it debuted. Moving away from the soft curves of the previous SL models, the all-new generation brought an upright, angular shape that was as much architectural as automotive. In the latest video from Petrolicious, owner and architect Daniel Monti expounds on the inspiration that he gets from his 1969 280SL’s fantastic styling.
The roof is the most famous design feature of this generation of SL. Look at the top from the front or back, and you can see a gentle, downward arc that evokes the look of a pagoda. That one styling element is also a fabulous counterpoint to a vehicle that is largely more angular than curvaceous.
Petrolicious wonderfully illustrates how some of the SL’s form-follows-function design aesthetic can be found in the architect’s work in this video’s heaping helping of mid-century modern goodness.