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Lot Number
66
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL Roadster
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $55,000 - $75,000
CHASSIS NO: 12002817
• Handsome presentation in original colors; equipped with hard and soft top
• Professionally restored and just three owners from new
• Rare one-year-only model production
• First Mercedes SL model with four-wheel disc brakes

2,496 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine, 170 HP, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, four-speed manual gearbox, fully independent suspension with front wishbones and coil springs, and anti-sway bar, rear low-pivot swing axle, trailing arms, coil springs, and compensating spring; wheelbase: 94.5”


Debuted at the March 1967 Geneva Show, but already in production since December 1966, the Mercedes-Benz 250 SL advanced the W113 “Pagoda” series established by the 230 SL in 1963. Engine and braking improvements formed the major updates, with components derived from those of the contemporary 250 SE (W 108 III). The M 129 III SOHC, fuel-injected ‘six’ now displaced 2.5 litres and delivered smoother operation with new seven-main bearing architecture. An oil/water heat exchanger helped regulate operating temperatures. While rated output remained at 170 HP, the 250 SL was more flexible and easier to drive with greater torque along a wider operating range. Additional updates made the 250 SL – internally designated W 113 A – even better than its predecessor, including new four-wheel disc brakes with a power regulator to reduce rear-wheel over braking. Fuel capacity was increased to 82 litres, extending the car’s already long range. Safety was heightened to match, with the SL’s industry-leading built-in safety features supplemented by improved seat belts and a collapsible steering column.

Contemporary road tests reported top speeds nearing 120 mph, with the quarter-mile covered in 16.9 seconds. Handling and braking were excellent to match, with wide (for the era) radial tires enhancing performance in both disciplines. Uniquely, the excellent all-around driving experience of the 250 SL was achieved with uncanny poise and the absence of excessive noise levels, rendering this outstanding machine truly a Grand Tourer par excellence capable of covering great distances at high speeds while placing few demands upon occupants. Despite its all-around excellence, production of the 250 SL was very brief, continuing until early 1968, with 5,196 examples built in all. The vast majority were destined for lucrative export markets with just 1,761 exported new to the United States, making excellent 250 SLs highly sought-after by knowledgeable collectors and marque enthusiasts for their purity of design and many welcome refinements.

Handsomely presented with only an approximate 64,000 miles of use, this splendid 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL was purchased new on August 10, 1967 by Blanche Collier from Harry Forrester Motors, a Mercedes-Benz dealer located in Calgary, Alberta. The original books included with the sale of the car document this purchase. Ms. Collier retained the 250 SL for the next 23 years until July 9, 1990, when it was acquired from her at just 46,208 miles by Mr. Wayne Dry, an auto-shop proprietor and friend of the consignor, who had his staff perform an engine-out, bare-metal repaint of the car and engine-bay detailing. All parts used in the process, totaling about $5,000 in all, were directly sourced from Mercedes-Benz. Following completion, the 250 SL was placed onto a hoist at Mr. Dry’s facility and remained there unused until August 13, 2014 at 63,954 miles, when the consignor purchased it and had the car professionally detailed and transported to his winter home in Arizona. Only an approximate 40 miles have been covered since. As offered, this 250 SL retains its original upholstery, carpeting, and convertible top. Mechanicals are highly original, including the original engine and transmission, with the car benefiting from the care of a European-car specialist. Offered from a knowledgeable and selective collector and very attractively presented, this 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL is a high-quality example of a true legend that is ready to own and enjoy with confidence. As Car and Driver road testers reported in the magazine’s August 1967 edition, “Every driver who has more than a purely utilitarian interest in automobiles should drive a Mercedes-Benz 250 SL at least once in his life.” We could not agree more.

1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL Roadster
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