Lot 122 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S
|Odometer reading||23,622 miles|
|Result||Sold - £20,942|
- Formerly the property of Bill Wyman
- In his private collection until 2015
- In good order throughout
Premiered at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1965, the initial model lineup of the W108 consisted of the 250 S, 250 SE and 300 SE, as well as a sole W109, the 300 SEL. Engines for the new car were carried over from the previous generation, but enlarged and refined. The 250 S was the entry-level vehicle fitted with a 2496cc straight-six M108 engine, with two dual downdraft carburettors, delivering 130 bhp at 5400 rpm which accelerated the car from standstill to 62 mph in 13 seconds and gave a top speed of 113 mph. Approximately 130,000 of the 250 S/SE models were built during the first two years of the W108/109's existence.
Bill Wyman, founder member of The Rolling Stones, purchased this classic 'stacked headlamp' Mercedes-Benz 250 S Saloon and it was delivered to him on Monday 22nd August 1966. This was the first Mercedes with curved black windows. Although Mercedes-Benz had rejected Bill's order for black windows, a company in West London removed the 250's windows, they were curved not flat, took a mould and commissioned Pilkington to make special glass to fit. "Then of course I got stopped all the time", Bill recalls. "Though the police usually just wanted to see who was in it". Bill used the car frequently until 1969, when The Rolling Stones were not in the studio or touring, to help relax; being a keen photographer he would drive around the country taking photographs. After selling her in 1969 and purchasing a number of other Mercedes-Benz along the way, he purchased the car back in 1991 from a lady in Bury St. Edmunds, sadly the car was in poor condition. Having a real soft spot for this 250 S, Mr. Wyman commissioned a restoration project in 1997 which was undertaken by Tony Davey, a classic car specialist with a good reputation and vast knowledge. After the restoration, KYM 585D was stored as part of Bill Wyman’s private collection and was subsequently sold in June 2015.
Still in good order throughout, this Mercedes-Benz benefits from owners that have loved and cherished her. These ‘stacked headlamp’ models are extremely handsome and highly sought after, particularly in this condition and with such an interesting history. Supplied with a V5C registration document, together with confirmation of Bill Wyman’s ownership, this Mercedes-Benz 250 S is offered for sale at a realistic estimate given the restoration cost of such an example.
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