Lot 91 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: LKE435E
Chassis No: 11304312001939
According to its copy factory data card, chassis 001939 was originally finished in Silver Grey metallic with Black MB-Tex upholstery. Built for the German market and despatched on 19th May 1967, its specification included: power steering, automatic transmission, Ivory coloured steering wheel, rear jump seat, hardtop and Black soft-top. Looking through the accompanying book pack and continuation service book suggests that the Mercedes-Benz was supplied new by Edgar E. Ege of Berlin before being exported to California in 1976 where it spent the next forty years. Imported to the UK by the vendor during 2016, the 250SL has since been treated to a respray and re-trim in Black leather with Marvel Grey double stitching and new carpets not to mention a replacement soft-top, battery, fuel pump, seat belt and wheel trims. Further benefiting from new under bonnet insulation and fresh roof / door seals, the Pagoda has had its brakes overhauled and fluids changed etc. Running well upon inspection and seemingly ideal for Continental Touring, ‘LKE 435E’ is offered for sale with spare wheel, chock, tool roll (incomplete) and sundry paperwork.
Introduced at the March 1967 Geneva Salon, the 250SL was blessed with the same elegant Paul Bracq styling as its 230SL predecessor. Powered by an enlarged seven-bearing crankshaft 2496cc SOHC straight-six engine that developed 150bhp / 159lbft, the newcomer could reputedly exceed 120mph. Suspension was independent all-round by double wishbones and coils springs at the front, and swing axle, radius arms and coil springs at the rear. Braking was by power-assisted discs and steering by recirculating ball. Faster than the 230SL yet more agile than the later 280SL, the 250SL proved to be the rarest W113-series ‘Pagoda’ variant, accounting for a mere 5,196 sales worldwide, more than a third of which were exported to America. A cult car, SLs have had countless celebrity owners from Charlton Heston to Kate Moss, and starred in myriad films.