1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL - RHD
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL - RHD
- Rarest of the rare a RHD 250SL
- One owner from 1991-2016
- Extensive history file going back 40 years
- Fresh from mechanical and cosmetic recomissioning
Soon after the launch of the legendary 300SL and it’s baby brother, the 190SL, Mercedes realised that the 190SL did not have true sports car performance and the 300SL was so expensive that only the wealthiest of clients could afford one. As a result, work began on a replacement SL that would offer the best of both: Performance, comfort and affordability.
Launched in 1963, the answer was the W113 SL, known fondly as the Pagoda on account of its hardtop design. Initially powered by a 2.2 Litre, SOHC, straight-6 engine in the form of the 230SL, in 1966 the 250SL was introduced, the engine was enlarged to 2.5 Litres and used a seven main bearing crankshaft as opposed to four. The result wasn’t more power, but much improved torque, making the 250SL an extremely flexible and usable sports car. Only built for a year before the 280SL with it’s 2.8 Litre engine came out, the 250SL is the rarest of the Pagoda models and with most going to the USA, UK RHD examples of any Pagoda are desirable.
This particular example is the rarest of the Pagodas, a RHD, 250SL. Delivered new to the UK in August 1967 in Metallic Astral Silver with Black Hardtop and Black MB Tex interior, the extensive history file details ownership history and maintenance right back to 1977 when the car was just 10 years old.
The car was maintained for a number of years by John Haynes, the hugely respected Mercedes Specialist in Worthing, West Sussex. A report on file by John in 1987 describes the car as being structurally sound and having benefitted from a bare metal respray in its original colours, a total brake system overhaul, complete new exhaust system, all axle/gearbox and engine mountings replaced, all engine water hoses replaced, PAS hoses replaced, new electric fuel pump, new shock absorbers and new tyres. The report concludes that its condition “renders it Class A for sale by auction”
By 1990 the car was for sale with Nigel Cooper Classic Cars, a much respected West London dealer, whose branded number plates still adorn the car to this day! An invoice on file shows some sales preparation work by another extremely well respected Mercedes specialist, Roger Edwards, in Wembley. They carried out a cylinder head rebuild and oil & filter service.
In August 1990 Nigel Cooper sold the car to Mr. Frederick A. Fosler who was buying the car for his daughter, Alexis, as a 21st birthday present. She would own the car for the next 26 years. During her ownership the car was serviced by John Tallis Mercedes in Bath (later Mercedes-Benz of Bath) between 1991 and 2004.
In 2004 Alexis moved overseas and the car was kept off the road (SORN letters on file) and stored at her father’s house. In 2015, the difficult decision to sell the car was made and the car came to us. Although it had been stored well, the car had seen minimum use so was in need of some recommissioning. Mechanically, the car was thoroughly serviced with all fluids and filters changed, new front brake pads and new correct Michelin tyres all round. The car was running a little rich so the fuel injection system was gone though, new throttle linkages fitted and the gearbox was inspected and adjusted for a smoother change. Cosmetically, the car has been completely resprayed and the underside re-sealed. Inside, new seat foams were ordered from SLS in Germany and installed.
Today this 250SL is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner and offers not only the glamour of chic, 60’s cool, Mercedes motoring but the reassurance and reliability of German engineering at its best, by the best.