The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971. They were known as the ‘pagoda top’ SL due to the unique profile of the hardtop. All models were equipped with an inline-six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The bonnet, trunk lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminium to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tires gave the W113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch “fishbowl” headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the then already legendary 300 SL roadster.
The 250 SL was introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. Production 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 65 L to 82 L. Like its predecessor, the 250 SL was offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and 4-speed or ZF 5-speed manual transmissions. For the first time, an optional limited slip differential was also available.
Offered here is a very rare right hand drive 250 SL with manual gearbox, finished in the desirable white with contrasting black removable hardtop. The current vendor is only the third owner of this very original car which is currently showing just 33,000 miles since new. We are told that the car has received careful attention in recent years and the chrome work was recently cleaned and restored. This car presents very well and is a superb opportunity to acquire the rarest of the ‘Pagoda’ models in its original and unmolested form. The car is supplied with EU taxes paid.
Estimate: £40,000 – £50,000
€45,000 – €55,000
$48,000 – $60,000