1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SL “Pagoda” (W113) RoadsterSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $35,000 - $45,000


$34,100 Sold

150hp 2,496 cc single overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, Bosch fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5" (2,400mm)

The SL series, so named for Sport Light or in German Sport Leicht, began its lineage with the famed 300SL Gullwing of 1954.

The 113 series of SLs debuted at the Geneva Show in 1963, succeeding both the 190SL and the 300SL. The first model, the 230SL, was in concept and presentation very different from either of its predecessors. A comfortable, well-equipped and compact two seater, the 230SL had better performance than the four-cylinder 190SL without the grand touring positioning of the 300SL. How well Mercedes-Benz read the market is apparent from the 113 series ’ success. It remained in production for nine years and a total of 48,912 were built, nearly double the 190SL ’ s production in the same period and an order of magnitude more than the 3,272 300SL ’ s built, including both Gullwing and Roadster.

Following the successful earlier SL models, Mercedes launched a whole new range of sports/SL models in the 1960s, starting with the 230SL in 1963. The 1966 250SL had a beautifully proportioned sports body with two comfortable seats (a third, sideways facing seat was a popular SL option) and could be fitted with a distinctive “ Pagoda Roof ” removable hardtop.

The 250SL used a 2496cc, six cylinder engine which had a new seven bearing crankshaft. The engine featured fuel injection and could even be ordered with either an optional five-speed manual or automatic transmission. These attractive "SL" sports cars were highly regarded when new and have remained sought-after classics ever since the last models were built in 1971.

The wonderful 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SL presented here was special ordered from the factory on December 13, 1967, with the Pagoda removable hardtop, a Blauplunkt AM/FM radio and the special sideways facing third seat. It was treated to an extensive two-year restoration by its second owner with the goal of returning the 250SL to like new condition, while adhering to original factory specifications. Mechanically fit, it is reported that the Mercedes-Benz runs and drives beautifully. Still dressed in its original colors, the 250SL presents itself admirably in tan with a brown interior. Included in the sale is a folio containing the vehicle ’ s books and records.

With the Pagoda roof, this 250SL makes the decision of hardtop or no top easy, because in this fine example, you get both.

Reference Number 7252

as of 2/18/2007

Car 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SL “Pagoda” (W113) Roadster
VIN 11304310004502 
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