For Sale: 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SL in Chatsworth, California


Vehicle Description

Presented is an amazingly well kept and documented 3 Owner 250SL. Originally sold new at Mercedes Benz of Hollywood California, this amazing SL is incredibly original and shows visible spot welds, decals, tags and matching date coded wheels.

Ownership records are included as is the factory data plate, owner manuals, two sets of keys, tools, and factory jack.

The car drives exceptionally well with new shifter bushings, new linkage, subframe bushings, battery and ignition components and a set of new Maxxis Whitewall tires.

An estimated 5,000 cars were built for the world with approximately 1,750 cars coming to the USA. Highlights include:

- Three Owners since new with documented Ownership records
- Sold new through Mercedes Benz of Hollywood, California
- Visible spot welds, decals, and tags
- July 1967 Date coded original wheels with new Maxxis Whitewall Tires
- New Shifter bushings, New Linkage, and New subframe bushings
- New Battery, Ignition components and recent Fluid and Filter change
- Single Seat option
- Mounted Hardtop
- Power Steering
- Instruments in English

A classy example of an iconic Mercedes!!

Great lease rates and Financing also available on any of our inventory!
Buy Sell Trade Consignments Welcome!
Please email [email protected] or call 1-818-773-8181

About the 250SL:

The Mercedes-Benz W 113 is a two-seat roadster/coupe, introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, and produced from 1963 through 1971. It replaced both the 300 SL (W 198) and the 190 SL (W 121 BII).

The W 113 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 were Paul Bracq and Bela Barenyi, who created its patented, slightly concave hardtop, which inspired the "Pagoda" nickname.

All models were equipped with an inline-six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection. The bonnet, boot lid, door skins and tonneau cover were made of aluminum to reduce weight. The comparatively short and wide chassis, combined with an excellent suspension, powerful brakes and radial tires gave the W 113 superb handling for its time.[citation needed] The styling of the front, with its characteristic upright Bosch "fishbowl" headlights and simple chrome grille, dominated by the large three-pointed star in the nose panel, paid homage to the 300 SL roadster.

W 113 SLs were typically configured as a "Coupe/Roadster" with a soft-top and an optional removable hardtop.

By 1955, Mercedes-Benz Technical Director Prof. Fritz Nallinger and his team held no illusions regarding the 190 SL's lack of performance, while the high price tag of the legendary 300 SL supercar kept it elusive for all but the most affluent buyers. Thus Mercedes-Benz started evolving the 190 SL on a new platform, model code W127, with a fuel-injected 2.2 liter M127 inline-six engine, internally denoted as 220SL. Encouraged by positive test results, Nallinger proposed that the 220SL be placed in the Mercedes-Benz program.

Technical difficulties kept postponing the production start of the W127. In 1960, Nallinger eventually proposed to develop a completely new 220SL design. This led to the W 113 platform, with an improved fuel-injected 2.3 liter M127 inline-six engine and the distinctive "pagoda" hardtop roof, designated as 230 SL.

The 230 SL made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963.

The W 113 was the first sports car with a "safety body," based on Bela Barenyi's extensive work on vehicle safety: It had a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones with impact-absorbing front and rear sections built into the vehicle structure. The interior was "rounded," with all hard corners and edges removed, as in the W 111 sedan. The W 113 was also the first Mercedes-Benz with radial tires.

The 250 SL was introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. Production had already commenced in December 1966 and ended in January 1968. The short one-year production run makes the 250 SL the rarest of the W 113 series cars. The 250 SL retained the stiffer suspension and sportier feel of the early SLs, but provided improved agility with a new engine and rear disc brakes. Range also improved with increased fuel tank capacity from 17.2 gal to 21.7 gal. Like its predecessor, the 250 SL was offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and 4-speed or ZF 5-speed manual transmissions.

The main change was the use of the 2.5 L M129.II engine with 0.2" increased stroke, 0.1" increased valve ports, and seven main bearings instead of four. The nominal maximum power remained unchanged at 148HP, but torque improved from 145 lb�ft to 159 lb�ft. Resiliency also improved with a new cooling water tank with increased capacity from 2.9 gal to 3.4 gal, and a standard oil-water heat exchanger.

The wider power band of the 250 SL resulted in noticeably improved performance, as the 230 SL engines rarely produced more than 141HP in practice

Whilst Fusion Motor Company make a sincere effort to supply information that is accurate and complete, we are aware that errors and omissions may occur. Therefore, we are not able to guarantee the accuracy of the information and we cannot accept liability for loss or damage arising from misleading information or for any reliance on which you may place on the information contained on this website or our advertisements. We highly recommend that you examine the vehicle to check the accuracy of the information supplied. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or by calling 818-773-8181

Vehicle Details

  • 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SL
  • Listing ID:CC-1454536
  • Price:$89,950
  • Location:Chatsworth, California
  • Year:1968
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:250SL
  • Exterior Color:Beige
  • Interior Color:Cream
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:1927
  • Stock Number:5681382
  • VIN:11304310003071

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20837 Nordhoff Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311