‘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.
First produced late in 1966, the 250SL used the same bodyshell as the 230SL that had founded this spectacularly successful sports car dynasty, and which it replaced. Minor improvements were made to the interior, but the major differences were the new 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine – as fitted to the 250SE – and disc brakes instead of drums at the rear. The new car’s top speed of around 120mph remained the same but the larger engine significantly improved flexibility and responsiveness. The 250SL was built for just one full production year before being superseded by the 280SL and is thus one of the rarest of the family. Christened ‘pagoda top’ after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their era and are highly sought after today.
This left-hand drive 250SL affords the convenience of four-speed automatic transmission and is finished in white with brown leather interior. The car comes with extensive bills and receipts from the vendor who presently resided in Spain. The original convertible hood is retained and the car also comes with its original hardtop.
Described as in excellent overall condition, starting instantly and running well with transmission and engine in fine fettle. Ready to enjoy, this is a timelessly classic and iconic motor car that still represents great value for money today.