Lot 241 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL California Coupé
|Odometer reading||57,000 km|
|Estimate||£29,000 - £34,000|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971. They were known as the 'pagoda roof' SL and replaced the W198 SL in 1963 which was then, in turn, replaced by the R107 SL in 1971. All models boast an inline six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. Most of these early SL's were sold with both the removable hard top and a soft top in the so-called 'Coupé/Roadster' configuration. By 1955, Mercedes-Benz Chief Engineer, Prof. Fritz Nallinger and his team, held no illusions regarding the 190SL's lack of performance and, in 1960, he eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220SL design based on technology from the W112. This led to the W113 platform with an improved fuel-injected 2.3 litre M127, inline-six engine and the distinctive 'pagoda' hardtop roof called the 230SL. It made a remarkable debut at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, where Nallinger introduced it as follows: 'It was our aim to create a very safe and fast sports car with high performance, which despite its sports characteristics, provides a very high degree of travelling comfort.' The 250SL was basically a one-year model, introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. The more desirable and more powerful 2.8 litre 280SL was introduced in 1967 and continued in production largely unchanged through to 1971.
This lovely lefhand Drive, manual 250 coupé presented in ivory white with unmarked red leather interior and very good chrome work has covered a remarkable 57,000 Kilometres (35,000 miles) from new. Originating from Holland, the vendor has a print out from the previous owner who presided over the car for 23 years with all mileage records from the Dutch DVLA,. With no signs of corrosion, we are informed excellent floor plans exist complimented by the great paintwork and as the vendor describes, "a nice engine with the car shifting through the manual gears as they should". Offered with an original Becker radio, a valid MoT test certificate until June 2015 with no advisories, full European specification lights and odometer in kilometres and UK registered with accompanying V5 document, this represents very good value for money for such an iconic 60's car.
*Interested parties should note that this example does not have an accompanying soft top being a Californian spec car however a soft top option can be taken from the vendor at the price of £3,000.
Previous lotLot 240 - 1972 MG B Roadster
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