This Mercedes-Benz 250SL is the Ultimate Classic Cruiser
I wonder if the folks at Mercedes-Benz understood the degree to which they had succeeded when the W113 "Pagoda" SL hit the market. The design has proven timeless, the reliability commendable, but these accolades fail to fully encapsulate what the car has become, which is nothing short of iconic. First came the 230SL, which had the huge task of replacing the legendary 300SL and 190SL. It came with an inline-six producing 150 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, and was initially offered with a four-speed manual transmission, as well as a four-speed automatic (which was popular in the states, of course). Of the 19,831 230SLs produced, under a quarter of them were sold here in the U.S., meaning that the majority of 230SLs you come across are automatics. That, and the fact that the 250SL was only produced from December 1966, to January 1968, makes them the rarest of the W113 SLs. Add in the very desirable five-speed ZF manual transmission, and the rare horizontal jump seat, and you've got a unique 250SL on your hands. Oh, did I mention that this one was originally sold in Italy and is a numbers matching car? Yeah. RELATED: See More of the Iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Although the car see here was repainted in the original Medium Blue Metallic back in 1999, and had the original blue soft-top replaced with a black one, I would say it's a worthwhile investment if you're a collector. It's unquestionably a car you should pursue. The split seams in the drivers seat and usual interior wear and tear means it probably won't be winning any concours events, but they certainly won't bother you when you're out for a cruise on a gorgeous day.
The glovebox door is the only piece of the interior which isn't original, and it conceals a modern Blaupunkt stereo which is hooked up to a 10-disc changer in the trunk, and an aftermarket speaker tucked under the dash. It's always commendable when someone takes the time to make sure modifications to a car as stylish as this don't ruin the original aesthetic.
Additionally, the original Becker Europa TR unit remains functional and hooked up to the original in dash speaker, for those times when you feel like kicking it really old school.
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Values for the W113SLs have risen steadily since 2014, and the 250SL has seen a sharp increase in the past year or so. Top notch examples easily fetch over six figures, while examples like this one usually end up somewhere between $45,000 to $55,000.
Considering the car comes with service records dating back to 1999, and has had a bunch of items recently dealt with, I'd imagine it'll end up going at the higher end of the spectrum. The highly desirable color, its Italian roots, and the fact that only 5,196 250SLs were built in 1967—a fraction of which had the ZF five-speed—only further compounds the value of this stylish classic.
Bidding currently sits at $31,000 with 6 days left in the auction. If it goes for $50k or less, someone will have gotten a fantastic deal.
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