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Mercedes 250 SL
The Mercedes 250 SL has been described as the ultimate classic cruiser. Technically labeled as the W113 Pagoda SL, Mercedes hit the jackpot with this stylish sports car. While the 250 SL design has endured the tests of time, so has the car’s reliability. 250 SL models hold their own among the most iconic classic cars.
With production running from 1966 to 1968, 250 SL models are quite rare. Five-speed ZF manual transmission and horizontal jump seats are two other 250 SL elements that make this car one of a kind.
Originally sold in Italy, the 250 SL is a number matching car. You can hear the value of 250 SL’s rising with that fact alone.
If you’re looking for a car to take out on a perfect day cruise, the 250 SL is the vehicle for you. Values for W113SLs have risen steadily since 2014, with a price tag spike occurring in 2015. Top condition 250 SL models can easily fetch six-figures.
Taking after the successful 230 SL, the 250 SL exterior continued the use of clean and elegant lines. Wheels for the 250 SL were smartly placed with the whole vehicle while the removable hardtop was plain fun.
What makes the 250 SL so desirable—other than the clean styling—is its classic style being able to keep up with modern traffic.
With just 5,196 models produced, it’s fair to say the 250 SL is the rarest of the three SL models manufactured between 1963-1971 as it was essentially a one-year produced vehicle.
250 SL Technical Specs
Achieving a top speed of 121 mph, Mercedes 250 SL could go 0-62 mph in 10 seconds. Curb weight is 2998 pounds while a naturally aspirated in-line six-cylinder engine sits beneath the hood.
The 250 SL engine produces a maximum power of 148 bhp. Car power is transmitted to the road through rear-wheel-drive complimented by a four-speed manual gearbox.
Monocoque chassis, with front suspension thanks to coils and wishbones, were utilized by the 250 SL. Strong braking power was achieved via four-wheel discs. Compared to the 230 SL, torque on the 250 SL increased by nine percent to 173.6 lb.ft.
250 SL Engine
All of the sixes within the 250 SL engine are durable and can cover a couple hundred thousand miles before needing a rebuild. While these are impressive engine marks, proper maintenance is emphasized to achieve said status.
250 SL Transmission
From the start of production, Mercedes offered SL in house transmissions that came in four-speed manual or four-speed automatic. A more rare option came along in 1966 when some five-speed manuals were introduced.
While 250 SL automatics can result in harsh shifts, adjustments can be made for improvements. When people are seeking out 250 SL models in today’s age, most buyers request automatic transmissions.
250 SL Production
During 250 SL production, Mercedes placed a rear bench seat within the coupe. The added rear bench seat could be folded down to make room for luggage and took the place of the convertible top well.
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