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Lot 608
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL Roadster


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CHASSIS NO: 1304312002442

• Striking restoration with reported costs of $280,000
• Accompanied with original service booklet and restoration photos and receipts
• Early known history; Originally delivered to Germany
• Finished in original Mercedes-Benz Horizon Blue
• One-year-only production run making the 250SL the most rare of the W113 'Pagoda' series cars

152 cid inline six-cylinder, 148 HP, automatic transmission, front coil springs with double wishbone suspension and anti-roll bar, rear coil springs, front and rear disc brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 94.5”

Debuted at the 1967 Geneva Auto Show, but already in production since December 1966, the Mercedes-Benz 250SL advanced the W113 “Pagoda” series established by the 230SL in 1963. The 250SL was a perfect blend that made an excellent all-around driving experience and true Grand Tourer capable of covering great distances at remarkably high speeds. Despite its all-around excellence, production of the 250SL was very brief, continuing until early 1968, by which time only 5,196 examples were built in all. The vast majority, 3,808 examples, were destined for Mercedes’ lucrative export markets. Of those, just 1,761 are recorded as having been exported to the United States, making excellent 250SLs like this example, highly sought-after by collectors and marque enthusiasts in the States.

Carrying great history and documentation, this 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL Roadster has been expertly restored by some of the top shops in the country. Before its restoration started with the current owner in 2014, this 250SL’s story began on July 3rd, 1967, when it was delivered new to Louis C. Acerra of Germany through Mercedes’ European Delivery Program. Its next stops would be documented in its original service manual, which still accompanies the car to this day. The first maintenance stamp would come just three days after in Paris, with the second stamp on July 24th, 1967, in Grenada, Spain. Its next stamp would be Brooklyn, New York when it was delivered to the United States on August 10th, 1967. It is believed that this example spent the rest of its life in New York until the current owner acquired it in 2014. Soon after taking ownership, it was determined that this Mercedes would undergo a complete and painstaking restoration that would exceed a reported $280,000 and be thoroughly documented with hundreds of photos.

It was first sent to Victor Thayer of Mendon Collision in New York where it was stripped to bare metal so new panels from Bud's Benz could be attached. The body was painted its original charming color of DB 304 Horizon Blue, while the hardtop was painted 670H Light Ivory. Additionally, two sets of hubcaps were prepared – one set was painted in Papyrus White for exhibiting the car with the hardtop on and one set was painted in Horizon Blue for when the car was exhibited with the Haartz black German top from GAAH in the up position. While the paint was being applied, the chrome was sent to Advanced Custom Chrome in Erie, Pennsylvania to be re-plated for a brilliant shine.

The interior was sourced from World Upholstery and installed by Premiere Upholstery in Butler, Pennsylvania. Premiere installed period-correct parchment leather with the original blue weave carpet, replaced the headliner with correct ivory material, and wrapped the new air-conditioning unit from Bud's Benz in parchment leather to match the interior. The finishing touch to the interior came from Madera Concepts, as they restored the Macassar Ebony wood, the same used in the luxury Mercedes 600 Pullmans.

The car was then sent to Hahn Auto Restoration in Harmony, Pennsylvania, known for their Pebble and Amelia award-winning restorations. They were responsible for the final assembly, testing, and completion of the restoration. During the 18 months this 250SL was there, the following was also accomplished: the engine was removed and rebuilt by Metric Motors in California, the radio was sent to Becker USA for restoration, and the gauges, clock, and bezels were cleaned and re-calibrated at Palo Alto Speedometer in California, four correct Phoenix tires were sourced from Coker, and the hoses, belts, brakes, and OEM exhaust were ordered from Bud's Benz and installed.

The outcome of this well-executed and thought-out restoration is truly special, as the Horizon Blue paint captivates an audience wherever it is driven. As the most rare of all the 'Pagoda' style W113 cars, the 250SL is highly collectable. It is every bit as exhilarating to drive, as it appears and deserving of the fine reputation for being wonderful touring cars. Top up or down, hardtop off or on, this Mercedes-Benz is one that will bring its next owner many more memories on the road and show field.

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