Introduced late in 1966, the 250 SL used the same bodyshell as the 230 SL which had founded Mercedes-Benz's spectacularly successful sports car dynasty, and which it replaced. Minor improvements were made to the interior but the major differences were the new 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine and disc brakes instead of drums at the rear. The new car's top speed of around 120mph remained the same but the larger engine significantly improved flexibility and responsiveness. The 250 SL was built for just one full production year before being superseded by the 280 SL and is thus one of the rarest of the family. Christened 'Pagoda' after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their era and are highly sought after today.
This automatic transmission 250 SL was first registered in Nottinghamshire in 1967 and was last registered to one Leslie Arthur Sayers of Chellaston, Derby, who acquired it in June 1986. According to the accompanying V5 document there have been four previous keepers. 'MVO 938E' has been in storage for the last three years. The car is running and driving but will require some re-commissioning and thus is sold strictly as viewed. The removed bumpers are included in the sale.