1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE “Fintail” Coupé (W111)SOLD

COYS - Ragley Hall auction - Sunday 9th September 2007

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Estimate: £18,000-22,000

Sold: £13,350

When Mercedes-Benz replaced the popular Wlll 220 series in 1966, the first S Class range was born. Much of the mechanical specification remained as before, but a new, sleeker bodyshell 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. All of these W108 models, however, shared similar all independent suspension via wishbones/coil springs at the front together with a coil sprung swing axle at the rear; all round disc brakes and power assisted steering were also standard equipment.

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all Mercedes-Benz models build quality was to a very high standard, and the W108 ranged proved immensely popular until superceded in early 1970s.

The subject of a comprehensive ground-up and documented $30,000 restoration in 2006, the work including rebuilt engine and transmission (the latter with matching numbers) and fuel injection system, this originally California registered 250 SE Coupe features the extremely rare option of a four speed manual gearbox with floor change as well as electric windows. With just two owners since new and attractively finished in beige over brown with grey leather interior, this superb motor car is thus offered in mint condition. Recently imported to Britain, it comes with all import duties paid.

Reference Number 12681

as of 8/31/2007

Car 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE “Fintail” Coupé (W111)
VIN 11102110087915