1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304322002043 Engine no. 12998222000969

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Lot 107
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL California Coupé
Chassis no. 11304322002043 Engine no. 12998222000969

£ 24,000 - 28,000
US$ 30,000 - 35,000
Amended
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL California Coupé
Chassis no. 11304322002043
Engine no. 12998222000969

Footnotes

  • '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 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 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 The 250SL was built for just one full production year before being superseded by the 280SL and is thus one of the rarest of the family.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.

    This manual transmission 250SL is an example of the California Coupé, a 2+2 version that came with a rear bench seat occupying the space hitherto reserved for the convertible top. A removable hardtop provided the weather protection. A right-hand drive model, the car was imported from Australia in November 2009 (import duties have been paid). Described as solid, driving well and with a rust free chassis and body, it had been purchased as an ideal candidate for restoration, showing a believed-genuine total of 88,606 miles on the odometer. Due to a change in the vendor's personal circumstances, the car has remained untouched in garage storage and will require re-commissioning before further use. There are no documents with this Lot.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this car features an automatic transmission, not a manual.
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1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304322002043 Engine no. 12998222000969
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL California Coupé  Chassis no. 11304322002043 Engine no. 12998222000969
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