The Mercedes W113 is considered by many as the last of the truly regal Mercedes convertibles, and the 250 SL is the rarest of them all. So to have the opportunity at one means a rare chance at joining the upper echelon of classic cars.
Mercedes takes great pride in their SL line. In fact, the W113 "Pagoda" cars were largely hand-built in Germany. This gave each one a level of fit and finish that made them collector's cars from day one. The whole production run from 1963-1971 was far fewer than its successor, but for those who love rarity, a 250 SL like this one is the ultimate prize. Produced for only about one year, the 250 SL offered more power and better overall performance, but that's not what's making you fall in love with this one. It's the red and black two-tone with the fantastic shine that has you dreaming about sunny-day cruises. That was part of a $10K investment back in 2013 to keep the exterior up to Mercedes standards. You will find plenty of other cases on this car were no expense was spared keeping the brightwork radiant and the body panels masterfully aligned. So yes, this is an opportunity to purchase a classic that has been cared for the same way you would have if you owned it since new.
This 250 SL carries its two tops perfectly. You can remove the hardtop for any time you feel like having the wind whip through the cabin. But if the weather turns wet in the middle of your trip, a folding soft top is neatly hidden under the tonneau cover. In fact, while most imported cars of the '60s had temporary fabric roofs, this soft top (replaced in 2003) has the precision fitting to be you only roof if you desire. If that sounds like a bit of overkill, it's absolutely true. Mercedes over-engineered their cars to be exceptionally durable, and you can feel that the moment you slip behind the wheel. The doors close with a solid and confident precision; the MB-Tex seats strike the perfect balance between durable and all-day comfortable; the VDO gauges have military-grade precision; and the steering wheel and gearbox have an intricate design but a hardy feeling in your hands. This is classic car motoring that inspires confidence.
The key to the idea that Mercedes-Benz cars are bulletproof comes from the reputation built during the 250 SL's era. Mercedes made only a few variations of motors in '68, which means they were able to take the time to get the engineering exactly right. Today that gives cars like this 250 SL a large and reliable parts network that even still includes Mercedes-Benz. We have a full history on the care and maintenance that has gone into keeping this one in top running condition, so call us for all the details. A robust and well maintained powerplant also means the fuel-injected 2.5-liter inline six under the hood is exceptionally smooth and is durable enough that you can drive it like a true performance machine. Yes, you can shift the four-speed automatic on your own if you desire, and the motor can take the high rev range with ease. But really this is a grand touring Mercedes. This car is about utilizing the ample trunk space to pack weekend bags and enjoy the backroads to your destination. With power steering, a well-balanced suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes, this is truly classic car motoring at its finest.
This exceptionally well cared for 250 SL comes with a maintenance log that details nearly 35 years of meticulous care. It's the kind of dedication to a rare classic that would make you think you need to pay far more for this Pagoda. That's why it will be going to its new caretaker soon. Will it be you?