'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, 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.
First produced late in 1966, the 250SL used the same bodyshell as the 230SL which 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 250SE - and disc brakes instead of drums at the rear. The new car's top speed of around 120mph remained the same but the larger engine significantly improved flexibility and responsiveness. The 250SL was built for just one full production year before being superseded by the 280SL and is thus one of the rarest of the family. Christened 'pagoda top' after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their era and are highly sought after today.
Transferred to the lady vendor's ownership in 2009, this left-hand drive, automatic transmission Mercedes-Benz 250SL previously belonged to Portuguese collector Vitor Ribeiro and was purchased by her ex-husband when Mr Ribeiro's collection was sold at Bonhams' Monaco auction in May 2006 (Lot 213). At that time the 250SL was said to have been 'superbly restored within the past five years', with 'recently re-trimmed blue leather interior'. Described as in generally excellent condition, the car is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C document.