The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971. They were known as the ‘pagoda roof’ SL. All models boast an inline six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. Rear-wheel drive configuration was complemented by independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly improved road handling. Most of these early SL’s were sold with both the removable hard top and a soft top. In 1960, Nallinger eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220SL design, based on technology from the W112.
The 250SL 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 250SL the rarest and most collectable of the W113 series cars. The 250SL retained the stiffer suspension and sportier feel of the early SL’s, 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 250SL 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.
This rare Right Hand Drive 250SL was supplied new to the UK in July 1967, having spent many years either in the UK or mainland Europe. In recent times the SL has enjoyed much restoration work, supported by bills for parts and labour totalling over £50,000. Finished in a stylish shade of gold with a black hardtop, and offered with a file of bills in addition to UK V5C, Mercedes dating letter and copy of the Mercedes data card, this is a fine example of an enduring classic of the 1960’s.