With a production run of just ten months and only 5,196 produced worldwide, the 250SL is the rarest of them all and in many ways the pick of the bunch. It retains the ‘prettier’ features of the earlier 230SL, including the two-piece hubcaps, the swan neck door mirror and interior chrome details.
It also retained the stiffer suspension and sportier feel of the 230SL, but importantly gained the uprated mechanicals of the 280SL, including the smoother 7 main bearing engine, less 300cc, and importantly disc brakes at all four corners. With a wider power band over the 230SL, there was a noticeable increase in performance.
Throughout W113 production, the choice of gearbox was 4-speed manual, ZF 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Only 882 W113’s were delivered with ZF 5-speed, in part due to the high price tag, with very few of them being fitted to a 250SL. This is one of those cars.
Delivered new to Italy in 1967, this 250SL is finished in a fantastic timeless colour combination of Medium Blue (DB396) with Black MB Tex. It has a matching hardtop, and a blue soft top, both are in great condition.
At some time, the car was exported to California, although the year is unknown. There is service history placing the car in Los Angeles, from 2000, until last year. The car was brought to the UK at the end of in August 2016.
The car has a documented speedometer change from kilometres to miles in 1999, and now displays, a believed to be correct, mileage of 63,100 miles.
The bodywork of the car is lovely and straight, with great quality paint all over. The chromework presents well. The car is fitted with the correct Italian marker lights on the front wings.
Interior benefits from a very recent re-trim to the driver and passenger seats, in black MB Tex by D Class. It is fitted with a very useful optional sideways rear seat. It features a rare slimline Becker Europa radio, and an additional modern Blaupunkt stereo in the glovebox and a cd changer fitted in the boot.
The car has service history dating back nearly 20 years, with large recent bills from Specialist Roger Edwards totally nearly £17,000. This car is UK registered and has been recently serviced, and is fitted with Michelin MXV-P tyres.
The combination of the 250SL’s sportier ride and an engine more inclined to rev over the torquier 280SL with a ZF 5-Speed manual gearbox, makes this possibly the ultimate combination of a Pagoda?!