Lot 195 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||51,533 km|
|Estimate||£36,000 - £44,000|
|Result||Sold - £42,000|
The Mercedes-Benz W113 is a two-seat roadster/coupé, introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show and produced from 1963 through to 1971. It replaced both the legendary 300 SL and the 190 SL. The W113 SL was developed under the auspices of Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Fritz Nallinger, chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and head of styling Friedrich Geiger. The lead designers devised its distinctive, patented, slightly concave hardtop which inspired the 'Pagoda' nickname. All models were equipped with an in-line six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The bonnet, boot lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminium to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tyres gave the W 113 superb handling for its time. The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the then already legendary 300 SL roadster. Very few were fitted with a manual gearbox and the 250 SL also had a far superior seven main bearing engine as opposed to four in the 230 SL.
This lefthand drive European specification Mercedes-Benz 250 SL, fitted with a manual gearbox was imported to the UK in 2012 and purchased by the vendor who was looking for a good solid, rust free, 'warm climate' car. At that time, the car was given a full service, which included checking the brakes, suspension and engine before the owner took the car to the fabulous Le Mans Classic event in France which it completed beautifully. Since then, it has received a cosmetic restoration, including a bare metal repaint, new tan interior and new soft top, finished in red with contrasting black soft top and black factory hard top. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document and a MoT test certificate which expires in June 2017. These distinctive roof shaped SL models are amongst the best-loved sports cars of their day and the European specification, fitted with a manual gearbox, still remain highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
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