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Connoisseur’s Classic: Electric Pagoda SL by Everatti

An electric Pagoda SL is the perfect ride when you taste— and money!— in spades.

Despite all the hot electric cars coming from Mercedes-Benz’ EQ brand, you still can’t buy a new, electric Mercedes SL from the good people of Stuttgart. That said, if you’re the type of person who might call a new electric SL a bit too “new money,” you might be a bit more interested in something a bit more timeless, anyway. If that sounds even a bit like you, the guys at Everatti may have just the thing.

As soon as it was first launched in 1963, it was obvious that designer Paul Bracq had hit a home run. The W113 “Pagoda” roof Mercedes-Benz SL was styling masterpiece that was built to an exacting and exceptional standard. Everywhere you looked, high-tech materials from cast-aluminium door shells to individually numbered alloy bonnets, bootlids, and door skins prevailed. It was light, fast, and solidly engineered— all facts that made it an icon of glamor for wealthy men and women of the era.

Even today, the Pagoda SLs remain one of the most highly sought-after sportscars out there— one that speaks to old money and even older furniture (inherited, of course).

There’s only one thing worse than owning a classic car W113 Mercedes and not driving it: owning a classic W113 Mercedes and not being able to drive it— and, as more and more cities enact internal combustion bans in their urban centers, that’s a harsh reality that (for better or for worse) more and more automotive afficionados are being forced to deal with on a more and more regular basis.


Classic, Electric Mercedes SL Style

Mercedes Pagoda SL electric

Image courtesy Everatti.

As delivered by the expert craftsmen at Everatti, a fully-restored, 100% electric Mercedes SL is every bit as gorgeous as the original— but the antiquated internal combustion engine (ICE) has been binned in favor of a battery electric drivetrain capable of motivating the Everatti SL from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.0 seconds.

It’s hardly the rocket ship that a modern electric Mercedes-AMG is, sure— and it won’t go as far as the slipperiest new MB concepts, either … but Everatti’s electric Mercedes isn’t about that. Instead, it offers up 160 miles of “Sunday driving” in undeniable style while still managing to be significantly quicker than the 8.8 sec. 0-60 time from the fastest W113s of the 1960s. Besides, you’d sort of expect the people who drive cars like this to consider such talk of mere “numbers” to be vulgar and petty.

Let’s not talk about the vulgar numbers, then— especially not the most vulgar number of all: the price! Why not? Well, if have to ask …

Check out these photos of Everatti’s first electric Pagoda SLs, below, then let us know what you think of this electrified classic in the comments section at the bottom of the page. And, while we’re here, let me know if you’d rather have this ride over a modern electric SL or Tesla Roadster (I would!).


Everatti Pagoda SL | Photo Gallery

Source | Images: Everatti.

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