The Quintessential Mercedes Pagoda
With only two private long term owners from new, this sensational 15,000 mile Mercedes is breathtakingly like new original throughout and the true epitome of stewardship and preservation of the automobile. This 250SL example is one of the most untouched and original of the 1963-1971 113’s in existence. In a world of hyperbole and other oft exaggerated commentaries, it is with conviction and expertise that we say you may find this Mercedes’ equal, but you will not find its superior for original state and condition.
George and Helen Mitros (Original Owner 1966-1991)
“When George had open heart surgery in 1966 he said to me ‘If God wants me to live I will buy myself a Mercedes Benz’. He lived and he did” – Helen Mitros, Wife of George Mitros
George enjoyed his car and cared for it greatly. He drove the car on sunny days to the North Hills Country Club near his home in Bayside New York to play Golf. The car was always stored in the garage and George made it a point to never drive the car in the rain. During his ownership, no repairs were ever necessary or made on the car, and according to his wife Helen “George treated his Mercedes very special. His Mercedes was his joy”.
On May 29th, 1983, George Mitros passed away and Helen became the legal owner of the car. She stored and care for the car as George had during his time with the Mercedes and owned the car until 1991. At the end of the Mitros ownership tenure, the odometer reading was documented as 14,230 miles.
Current Owner (1992-Present)
Along with the 190SL and also consigned by respected Massachusetts Mercedes authority Bob Hatch to Barrett Jackson’s Auction in January of 1992 for a substantial $47,000, again believed to be a world record price at the time. This 250SL found a new home in beautiful Washington State at the same time as the 190SL also on offer and entered the second chapter in an exceptionally rare, continuous history of care and automotive stewardship. During this ownership period, the Mercedes has been kept in a continuous 70 degree environment on low profile carpeted and heated floors. The car has been driven roughly 1000 miles since 1992 and has undergone well documented regular maintenance as well as proper servicing during periods when the car was unused road-wise. In 1998, the current owner made the decision to remove the original wheels and tires to preserve them in their original condition and so that use of the car could continue with compromise. As expected, the original tires and wheels are included with this car.
Today, this 250SL is in an uncompromising and exceptional factory original condition. The completely original paint is outstanding in a condition that speaks to a lifetime of care in heated dry environments. It is so incredibly well preserved that it would be hard to find its superior in a 60’s era original paint job, let alone on another Pagoda. The interior is still soft and supple and has leather without cracks though subtly showing the patina of originality with exceptionally well kept original carpeting. The engine bay matches the exterior in original condition with only cleaning and mild necessary maintenance over the years. The engine itself still has most if not all of the original tags and factory markings rarely seen by even the most seasoned Mercedes specific mechanics of today. Even the hose and hose markings with factory date recordings included. This 250SL example is unquestionably one of the most untouched and original of the 1963-1971 113’s in existence. In a world of hyperbole and other oft exaggerated commentaries, you may find this Mercedes’ equal, but you will not find its superior for original state and condition.
This fine Mercedes 250SL example comes with a complete history file, an unparalleled and exhaustive documentation. The car comes with all original documentation, books, tools, original wheels/tires and factory spare. It is also accompanied by a plethora of model specific literature and several trophies from its few times being shown competitively.