Lot 316 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||113,039 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £94,080|
Mercedes-Benz has been producing an SL (Sport Leicht) model or range of models since 1954 when the landmark 300SL was unveiled. The similarly styled, but mechanically unrelated, 190 followed in 1955, completing the first generation of cars. Their successor was the W113 series SL which proved to be more comfortable than the former and faster than the latter. The 250SL is the rarest of all the SL's as they were only made for one year and just 1,388 righthand drive examples manufactured, of these, very few were fitted with a manual gearbox. The 250SL also had a far superior seven main bearing engine as opposed to four in the 230 SL.
This concourse standard 250SL automatic is offered in Anthracite Grey with contrasting new red leather and silver grey hard top and has been subject to a five year 'nut and bolt' restoration by its fastidious owner who can only be described as somewhat of an expert on this motor car and its original details.
If, during the restoration process, any panel had even a hint of corrosion, it was replaced with a genuine Mercedes-Benz part before a magnificent bare metal re-spray and new red leather interior, carpets from SLS in Germany and new wood dash inserts. The engine was subject to a light restoration as it had only covered some 3,000 miles since being rebuilt by Crew Engines and therefore did not warrant any further work. However, the vendor did then choose to revise the differential in order to achieve improved motorway driving along with Mechatronik road springs and Becker Mexico 7948 Satellite navigation retro radio with a European tour in mind however, this never materialised hence the truly sensational condition throughout.
Offered with a valid MoT test certificate until June 2015, with vast amounts of photographic evidence as to the quality of the restoration coupled with the receipts, valid road fund license and V5 registration certificate, this late 250SL is truly one of the finest we have seen and would take pride of place in almost any collection. The current owner, however, would implore you to drive and enjoy!
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