1968 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL - 1 of 2 Made in 1968!
- Condition: Used
- Make: Mercedes-Benz
- Model: SL-Class
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: 250 SL
- Year: 1968
- Mileage: 69,755
- VIN: 12-003323
- Color: Red
- Engine size: 2.5L Inline 6
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: Automatic
- Interior color: Black
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
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1968 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL Offered as a buy-it-now. Make us an offer!
This is believed to be the only US market 1968 250SL produced.
This very nice example has had few owners from new having been in the current owners care for the past 28 years. The car was restored back in the early 90's and has been used sparingly on sunny summer days only to the tune of about 500 miles per year. The paint still presents quite well with only a few minor chips here and there, the seats are original and in excellent condition. it sports a new top and carpet set, and the brightwork is in excellent condition. Most everything works on the car including the A/C which blows c0ld. The car is fitted with a later Blaupunkt Stereo, and has a contrasting Black Removable Hardtop. The Michelin Radials are new.
Accompanied by its original Manual and Tool Roll, this lovely late 250 SL will provide years of touring and showing enjoyment to the new owner.
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The Mercedes-Benz W 113 automobiles were produced from 1963 through 1971. They were sold as the "pagoda roof" SL Class. The W 113 replaced the W 198 SL-Class in 1963 and was replaced by the R107 SL-Class in 1972.
All models boast an inline six-cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection using a mechanical pump system adapted from the diesel motors. All are rear-wheel drive, but are also equipped with independent rear suspension, a feature that greatly improved road handling. Most of these early SLs were sold with both the removable hard top and a soft top in the so-called "Coupe/Roadster" configuration, but there was also a "California Coupe" version available that came with the removable hardtop but no soft top. In these models, the soft top well (between the passenger compartment and trunk) is removed, and a drop-down bench seat is installed in its place. The rear seat is small and not very useful, so these 2+2 models are rare but not especially sought after today. While the SLs are relatively heavy compared to other similar roadsters, weight was reduced in part by the use of aluminum panels for the trunk lid, front hood, tonneau cover and door skins.
Production began in 1963 with the 2.3 liter 230-SL. These models were commonly 4-speed manual transmission cars, but a 4-speed automatic transmission was also available and popular for U.S. market cars. The 230-SL sported front disc / rear drum power-assisted brakes. They quickly gained popularity in the U.S. market, and this eventually led to more and more cars being built with automatic transmissions. The 2.8 liter 280 SL was introduced in 1967 and continued production largely unchanged through 1971 when the W 113 was replaced by the entirely new, and substantially heavier, R 107 350 SL/450 SL. Most 280 SL cars built for the U.S. market were equipped with automatic transmission. Manual transmission cars came with either a 4-speed tramsmission or the super rare ZF-5 speed. The ZF 5 speed is very rare sought after by American collectors. In the European market manual transmission cars were still dominant. 23,885 280 SLs were produced, of which 12,927 units went to the USA and 5,754 to other countries outside of Germany.
Today, the W 113 Pagoda is considered a highly desirable collectors car, with the 250 SL being the most rare with only 5196 made, 1761 for the US market. There were only 2 250SL's made in 1968 as the 280 had been introduced in 1967 and production was moving toward the 280. Our Ebay Policies:
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