The Mercedes-Benz 250 SL is the second iteration of the W113 body style, more popularly known as the 'Pagoda' coupe, because of the unique shape of its roof line. The car is quite advanced for its era, having four-wheel disc brakes, all-independent suspension, and a 2.5-liter sohc, mechanically fuel injected, six-cylinder engine. This example is equipped with a ZF four-speed automatic transmission, removable hardtop and a hidden soft top. The 250 SL is the rarest of the W113-bodied cars, having been built only in 1967 and 1968. Its predecessor, the 230 SL, was vastly improved upon in this model, while the last of the W113 cars, the 280 SL, had a slightly larger engine and improved steering. This was one of the most popular cars that Mercedes-Benz ever built, and is extremely popular with collectors.
The Mercedes-Benz 250 SL is the second iteration of the W113 body style, more popularly known as the 'Pagoda' coupe, because of the unique shape of its roof line. The car is quite advanced for its era, having four-wheel disc brakes, all-independent suspension, and a 2-5liter, SOHC, mechanically fuel injected, six-cylinder engine. This example is equipped with a ZF four-speed automatic transmission, removable hardtop and hidden soft top. The 250 SL is the rarest of the W113-bodied cars, having been built only in 1967 and early 1968. Its predecessor, the 230 SL, had a slightly larger engine and improved steering. This was one of the most popular cars that Mercedes-Benz ever built, and is extremely popular with collectors.
Following the successful, earlier SL models Mercedes launched a whole new range of sports/SL models in the 1960's, starting with the 230SL in 1963. The 1966 250SL had a beautifully proportioned sports body which had two comfortable seats (a third, sideways facing seat was a popular SL option) and could be fitted with a distinctive (Pagoda Roof) hardtop.
The 250SL used a 2496cc, six-cylinder engine which had a new seven bearing crankshaft. The engine featured fuel injection and could even be ordered with either an optional five speed manual or automatic transmission.
This automobile is one of only 5,196 produced and was sold new in Cincinnati, OH.
In 1963, Mercedes replaced its original 'sports lights,' the 300SL and 190SL, with a new model, the 230. For one model year, 1967, Mercedes offered virtually the same car but with a new 2.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine with the same horsepower but more torque and renamed it the 250SL. For 1968, the engine was enlarged further to 2.8-liters, thus the 280SL, at which point some real performance was available.
This Thistle Green 1967 250SL has traveled only 38,000 miles since new and has undergone a complete restoration by Mercedes-Benz Classic USA, the automaker's own vintage car shop in southern California.
The 250 SL was introduced late in 1966 as an interim replacement for the 230 SL. The 280 SL was already penned, but the 2.8-liter engine was not yet ready. This particular car was built in February of 1967, an early production unit with the larger 2.5 liter engine making 170 horsepower, 20 more than the 230 SL. This provided more spirited performance. The car's nickname - Pagoda - comes from the optional hardtop that is lower in the center than the sides. In the same family since new, this car is largely original; it has survived with meticulous care over the past 46 years never having been driven in rain or snow. It has an extremely rare color combination of light beige exterior and turquoise interior; just 36 cars out of the 5,196 250 SLs produced were so configured.
Many Pagoda owners consider the early 250 SLs to be the finest of the series because the model featured many improvements that were later found in the 280 SL, including better seats, power 4-wheel disc brakes, safety steering column, and better safety belts, but retained a more lavish use of chrome and details. Thus, they are truer to the original design of the car, which is appealing to the purists.
Interestingly many Pagodas rare sold for less than when new. This was due to inflation and increasing value of the German Mark, the currency at the time. When new, this car sold for more than $6,500.
The W-110 'Fintail' Series was succeeded by the W-114 and W-115 models in 1968, also known as 'Stroke 8' by enthusiasts. These were very versatile machines that satisfied a plethora of needs. They were available with both gasoline and diesel engines, in four, five or six cylinders. The gasoline models with the six-cylinder engines were given the designation of 230, 250 or 280, according to nominal metric displacement. This meant that the 230 Mercedes had a 2.3 liter engine, the 250 had a 2.5 liter version, and the 280 was powered by a 2.8L engine.
Production of the W114, and the similar W115, continued from 1968 through 1976. The differences between the W114 and W115 were with the engines. The W116 were fitted with the straight-six engines. The W115 used straight-4 and straight-5 engines and sold under the names 200, 220, 230, and 240. After 1976, the 'Stroke-8' models were replaced by the W123 series. The '8' portion of the 'Stroke-8' nickname signified '1968.' The following year the cars were designated 'W-114/9', 'Stroke 9'. This nickname never caught on and the original nickname stuck for the entire series.
In 1969, Mercedes-Benz introduced a coupe version and given the designation 'C' after the model number. The coupe had the same wheelbase and length as the saloon version and from the A-pillar forward they were identical. There were differences; the passenger compartment was 19-inches shorter in the coupe, and the roof was two inches lower. The trunk was much longer.
In 1969 the 250CE featured the Bosch D-jetronic fully electronic fuel injection system. This marked the first time a production Mercedes-Benz ever used this system. The fuel-injection system was used for two years before it was dropped in favor of a mechanical system. All coupe models were given the six-cylinder engine.
The 'Stroke-8' models featured many 'firsts' for the Mercedes-Benz marque. They were the first models for Mercedes-Benz to include a center console. In 1974 they were given ribbed taillights and a revised rear axle.
A four-speed manual gearbox was standard, but a four-speed automatic could be ordered, as could optional power steering and air conditioning. By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
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