1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL
Chassis no. 11304312003235
2,496cc SOHC aluminum inline sixcylinder
Bosch mechanical fuel injection
170bhp at 5,600rpm
Four-speed automatic transmission
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes
-Very original, two-owner W113 Mercedes
-Hard and soft tops
-Factory tool kit, all books and records
The stylish Mercedes-Benz W113 was presented at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, and replaced both the expensive 300SL and entry-level 190SL with one medium-priced two-seat sports car. The SL was a huge success, with 48,912 sold in 9 years, and is now considered a true masterpiece. Legendary Mercedes Chief Engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Technical Director Fritz Nallinger did the chassis, while equally famous designers Paul Bracq and Bela Barenyi styled the car under the direction of Friedrich Geiger. The body combines the elegantly trim look of contemporary Mercedes sedans with a simple grille derived from the 300SL. Bela Barenyi conceived the patented concave hardtop, soon called the "Pagoda." Like the best designs, the W113 has proven to be timeless in its appeal.
Built on a typical Mercedes chassis derived from the new W111 sedan, with independent front suspension, patented low-pivot rear suspension and powerful disc brakes, the SL is one of the best-handling classic sports cars. The body boasts an aluminum hood, trunk lid, doors and tonneau cover, so that at just under 2900 lbs., the W113 is remarkably svelte for a fully-equipped luxury Grand Tourer. The virtually indestructible Mercedes fuel-injected SOHC Inline-6 was literally decades ahead of the competition. The 230SL, built from 1963-67, derives 150 hp from 2308 cc. The 250SL, built only from December, 1966 to January, 1968, derives 150 hp from 2496cc with significantly improved performance thanks to more torque and a wider powerband. The final 280SL, built from 1967 through 1971, derives 170 hp from 2778cc.
The Motorcar Offered
The 250SL on offer, finished in Code 268H Dark Green with Code 139 Bamboo interior, has a console-shift 4-speed automatic, both hard and soft tops, air-conditioning and upgraded sound system. The stock radio is included, along with all tools, original handbook and service schedule which confirms that the car's original maintenance was carried out by Foreign Motors of Boston. The original owner, Mary Dana Wells of Pomfret, CT, obviously used the car sparingly before selling it to the Metzger Collection some 35 years ago. Extensively maintained, it remains rust-free and in good running condition, though it deserves to be serviced and cosmetically detailed.
- Upon closer inspection, Bonhams specialists have found evidence of light rust in the rear wheel wells and undercarriage. Please also note that the title for this lot is in transit.