Lot 325 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||25,000 km|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £45,000|
|Result||Sold - £46,704|
When Mercedes-Benz replaced the popular 220 series in 1966, the S Class range was born. Much of the mechanical specification remained as before, but a new, sleeker body shell with lower roof and waist lines and a larger glass area was much more modern in design than the dated, finned wing appearance of its predecessor; supplementing the saloons there were, as always, both coupé and cabriolet derivatives. Power was provided by a choice of three overhead camshaft, six cylinder engines; for the 250S, the 2,496cc motor produced 130bhp via twin carburettors with the 250SE benefiting from Bosch fuel injection and an increase in output to 150bhp, while in the 300SE capacity was raised to 2,996cc and power to 200bhp. Transmission was invariably an automatic four-speed unit. All provided respectable performance with the 250SE, for example, capable of 118mph and 0-60mph in around 11 seconds. As with all Mercedes-Benz models build quality was to a very high standard and the W108 ranged proved immensely popular until superseded in early 1970s.
This rare lefthand drive Mercedes-Benz 250SE Cabriolet with a manual gearbox was imported by the vendor twenty years ago from California where the engine had been replaced with the later 280 model engine and a new red leather interior fitted. Finished in silver, this car was subject to a full body restoration having new wings fitted and then prepared and painted to the highest of standards, being completed in 2011. This example is fitted with a stainless steel exhaust system and supplied with a V5C registration document, a new MoT test certificate, the restoration invoices, a photographic record of the body restoration, original sales brochures and old MoT test certificates. With values appreciating for the W108/109 models, this American delivered example is very competitively priced.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.