‘Every driver who has more than a purely utilitarian interest in automobiles should drive a Mercedes-Benz 250SL at least once in his life. The car is an almost perfect yardstick against which to measure any other car. There are cars with better acceleration, cars with better brakes, and cars with better roadholding. But there is no car we can think of that has such a remarkable good balance of performance, safety and comfort, and has them in such an absolutely civilised structure.’ – Car & Driver.
Introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show, production of the 250SL had already commenced in December 1966 and ended in January 1968. The short one-year production run makes the 250 SL the rarest of the W113 series cars. The 250 SL retained the stiffer suspension and sportier feel of the early SLs, but provided improved agility with a new engine and rear disc brakes. Range also improved with increased fuel tank capacity from 65L to 82L.
Finished in Helleelfenbein (Light Ivory) over Brown interior, this wonderful example is described to drive problem-free and to be in good condition throughout. In recent years certain work has been completed on the car including to the engine, gearbox and rear axle. The car has also received a new stainless steel exhaust system, fuel tank, radiator, headlights, all rubbers and tires.
Having brought great pleasure to its current custodian touring around central Europe, this Pagoda is ready to begin the next chapter of its life on the open roads. A true example of arguably the most fun and successful Mercedes-Benz classic ‘Sport Leicht’ range, and a seemingly ever appreciating asset.