|Body||Berline 5 places|
|Production||55 181 exemplaires|
|Interior color||MB Tex rouge|
|Motor||6 Cylindres injection|
|Displacement||2 497 cm2|
|Powerful||150 ch DIN|
|Gearboxe||Mécanique à 4 rapports|
|Dimensions||L : 4,90 m - l : 1,81 m|
|Options||Direction assistée, MB Tex, Radio|
|Mileage||66 500 km|
|Price||80 000 €|
Mercedes 250 SE 1966
In 1965, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes presented its new W108 range to replace the W111, more commonly known as the “Fintail” on account of its pointed rear wings. It carried over many features from the W111, but its designer Paul Bracq updated its appearance, lowering the waistline and significantly enlarging the glass area. It was initially offered with a 2.5-litre engine with carburettors or fuel-injection or a 3-litre engine with fuel-injection, but was also available as a 2.8-litre model in 1967 and with a 3.5-litre V8. It was an upmarket saloon, powerful, quick, solidly built and comfortable, in keeping with the best that the manufacturer from Stuttgart could offer its customers. The car was roomy and very well built, but with a luxurious side to it, especially on the first versions. It had a generous helping of wood and chrome, accentuating the elegance of this handsome saloon. Its huge boot (with a capacity of 610l/21.5ft3) allowed five adults to travel with as much luggage as they wished. With 383,361 cars built until 1972, it was a real success commercially. It was replaced by the W116, which had a radically different appearance and technical specification. Considered indestructible, the W108 was often mistreated. Many have clocked up huge mileages, while others have been consumed by rust. Some cars have been more or less well restored. In short, cars in good original condition are rarely found.
The model presented here
The model presented here is a 250 SE which was delivered new in France on 21 March 1966. It is therefore powered by the 150bhp in-line six-cylinder engine with Bosch fuel injection, mated to a manual gearbox with a floor change. It has the optional power steering, a welcome addition when manoeuvring in town. Its black paintwork goes perfectly with its red interior, giving the saloon a very classy look. But its history and condition make it all the more exceptional. The car was acquired a few years ago by a collector from Luxembourg who is well known among Mercedes enthusiasts for his love of perfection. The car was in perfect original condition and had covered only 65,000km (40,400 miles). But its owner wanted to go further still. He had an amazing stock of new spare parts from the period and decided to make this W108 the finest of all. He set about replacing all the parts, even those in good condition, by new items. Nothing was overlooked. The chromework, the knobs on the dashboard, the clock, the complete exhaust system with its manifolds, all the engine mounts, the complete braking system and the window winder assemblies were among the parts replaced. The engine was completely stripped down and rebuilt starting from the bare block using new original stock parts. The car was entirely repainted to a high standard, making it look like new once again. The underbody is completely original and looks as though the car has just left the factory. As the red MB Tex interior was like new, it was simply cleaned. All the hoses, screws and clamps are new original stock items. It goes beyond the exceptional. The owner estimates the cost of the parts fitted to the car at more than 100,000 euros. It took us lengthy negotiations moreover to have the opportunity to buy the car. Today, we are offering you the chance to become the happy owner of the finest W108 in existence. It will be sold by us with a 12-month guarantee.