Lot 310 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE
|Odometer reading||41,700 miles|
|Estimate||£8,500 - £10,500|
The Mercedes-Benz W108 was premièred at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1965. The initial model line-up consisted of three cars: 250S, 250SE, and 300SE, as well as a sole W109, the 300SEL. Engines for the new car were carried over from the previous generation, but enlarged and refined. The 250S was the entry-level vehicle fitted with a 2496cc straight-six M108 engine, with two dual downdraft carburettors, delivering 130bhp at 5400 rpm which accelerated the car to 100km/h in 13 seconds (14 seconds with automatic gearbox) and gave a top speed of 182km/h. The 250SE featured an identical straight-six engine, designated M129, but with a six-plunger fuel injection, which improved the performance to 150bhp at 5500 rpm, which decreased 0-100 acceleration by one second and increased top speed by 11 km/h for both manual and automatic versions. Both the 300SE and 300SEL came with the M189 2996cc engine originally developed for the Adenauers and, producing 170bhp at 5400rpm, the cars could accelerate to 200km/h and reach 100km/h in 12 seconds. The cylinder capacity of the three litre Mercedes engine was unchanged since 1951. From 1965 to 1967, fewer than 3000 W109s were produced. However, approximately 130,000 of the less powerful 250S/SE models were built during the first two years of the W108/109's existence.
This rare Mercedes-Benz 250SE was fitted from new with a full length Webasto sunroof and six years ago became the subject of a complete strip down, bare metal repaint. Because of the condition and the sunroof, the car was featured in an article in the Mercedes Enthusiasts magazine in June of this year. Finished in blue with beige leather interior this Mercedes-Benz 250SE is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in September 2014, the original handbook, a file containing invoices and old MoT test certificates and a photographic record of the restoration. This Mercedes 250SE has had very little use since being restored and looks as good now as it did when it was completed. With the Mercedes reputation for reliability, this makes for a very practical classic car.
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