This beautiful Mercedes 250 SL is available for a negotiated sale around £67,750 which is in the middle of our estimated sale price. See TradeClassics.com for a full write-up and over 300 images and videos. EXTERIOR The bodywork is really exceptional for a fifty year old car and is of course due to spending the majority of its life in the dry area of San Diego. Wheels & Tyres Original factory steel wheels with chrome hub caps are fitted that are in excellent condition, as shown in the media pack. The age of the white wall tyres is uncertain but they are all the same brand and have good tread. In 2012 there was an MOT advisory saying the tyres have wear to the outside edge, so they have been replaced since that time. Bodywork As mentioned, the bodywork is really exceptional on this car. There are no noticeable parking dents and the panel fit across the car all looks visually correct. The doors, bonnet and boot all shut perfectly with that reassuring ‘clunk‘ of quality. There is one slight light dent on the boot lid, in the centre near the badge area. You have to look hard / down the reflection line to see it and presumably created by an overzealous boot closure. The sills and wheel arches are in amazing condition with no signs of rust. The floor pans and rear boot floor all look in original condition and Malcolm says the matt black paint is likely to be original factory finish. The underside also looks to be in good condition as can be seen in the video. The benefit of an older import is you can check the MOT history, as in this case there’s been no advisories on bodywork in the five MOT’s since 2012. The car was also professionally wax oiled after it was imported back in 2012 – a mandatory job to preserve the rot free condition of the car. Paint The car has had a respray at some point in the past, it used to be green and was changed to silver. Whilst not factory correct it really does suit the car and importantly contrast beautifully against the red interior. This has to be the colour for the car – difficult to argue against that. There are a few very small stone chips and I’ve pointed these out in the video, as it’s difficult to see them against the silver colour. There is one larger chip on the leading front edge on the bonnet. Last winter the car was stored in a Carcoon with a soft cover and also a dehumidifier running in Malcolm’s garage, at a new home they moved to last year. Unfortunately the new garage is part of the old coach house and not as dry as he previous garages, and the car developed some very very slight blistering over the top areas of the paint work. The car has been out of the Carcoon for a few weeks now and it has reduced. On my visit I found it very difficult to see the blistering. On careful inspection I noticed very slight blisters on the top sections of the NSF wing, door and rear wing – but I had to look very hard and catch the light at the right angle. Personally I don’t think this is an issue, however, as is the case with all classic cars, covers have to be used with caution, especially if the environment is not completely dehumidified. Glass and Trim The glass is in excellent condition and no stone chips were found on the front screen. The chrome is also in very good condition. The only exceptions are the OSR chrome bumper section has lost a little of its chrome finish, and could do with re-finishing. Also, the chrome sections on the ‘A’ pillars are a little worn and could do with being re-chromed too. The rubber seals that fit against the door windows are showing signs of age, and could do with being changed at some point in the future. INTERIOR Sitting in ths car is a truely lovely experience. Once inside you instantly notice the quality of the car, design, thought and care and maintenance that’s gone into preserving the car over the years. Seats and Carpets The red leather seats are in stunning condition with new seatbelts having been fitted in recent times. There is almost no wear on the driver’s seat squab and bolster. Dashboard The dashboard and gauges are all in the condition expected with such a low mileage and well cared for car. Of course the radio has been changed at some point and needs to be replaced for a period correct version. Steering Wheel / Gear Stick The car has its original steering wheel and gear stick and both are in excellent condition. MECHANICS We took the car out on our regular ‘on the road‘ run and it performed without a problem, along with starting first time. Please review the video footage to see the cold start and how the car performed on a run whilst interviewing Malcolm during the drive. Engine and Gearbox There are no issues with the engine or gearbox. The engine, gearbox all perform perfectly during our 5-6 miles road test. Malcolm also had the head gasket replaced in June 2016 at a cost of £2,400 (see invoices). Suspension and Brakes The car has no knocks or rattles coming from the suspension. As mentioned, the car has always had the best care in Malcolm’s ownership, and you’ll see receipts for all work carried out. The PAS was reconditioned in September 2013. The Drive The drive was without fault with all gears being selected without issue. We even tested the kick-down on the road and it performed as expected. Electrics and Other No issues.
(SOLD) This Mercedes Benz 250SL Roadster is an early Blue plate Southern California car and is offered with both a hard and soft top. This is a two owner car that has been in storage for 20 years and has been well maintained by the previous owner. It is in a very appealing color combination of dark grey with a red interior. Features dealer installed A/C (Kuhl Meister), original rubber trunk mat, very clean interior, original paint. A full service will be done by Classic Showcase, which will include servicing the brakes, bushings and seals.