Lot 175 - 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL Pagoda
|Odometer reading||57,085 miles|
|Estimate||£88,000 - £96,000|
First produced late in 1966, the 250 SL used the same bodyshell as the 230 SL that had founded this spectacularly successful sports car dynasty and which it replaced. Minor improvements were made to the interior, but the major differences were the new 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine, as fitted to the 250 SE, and disc brakes instead of drums at the rear, which made it much safer. The new car’s top speed of around 120mph remained the same but the larger engine significantly improved flexibility and responsiveness. The 250 SL was built for just one full production year making it the rarest model of the ‘Pagoda’ range. ‘Every driver who has more than a purely utilitarian interest in automobiles should drive a Mercedes-Benz 250SL at least once in his life. The car is an almost perfect yardstick against which to measure any other car. There are cars with better acceleration, cars with better brakes and cars with better roadholding. But there is no car we can think of that has such a remarkable good balance of performance, safety, and comfort, and has them in such an absolutely civilised structure.’ – Car & Driver.
Having been restored to a very high standard, this left hand drive Mercedes-Benz was originally a US car and was imported into the UK in 2020. During the restoration process the American wing lamps were removed and she now looks much more like a European specification car. The paintwork is to a good standard as is the tan leather interior. The 2496cc straight-six engine runs well and the automatic transmission changes gear smoothly. Described as driving ‘as she should’ these 250 SL Pagodas’ are delightful cars to tour in. Now UK registered, it is supplied with a V5C registration document, together with a current MoT test certificate valid until 12th January 2023 and the all-important factory hardtop. These are sought after models and totally restored examples such as this often fetch six figure sums.
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