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Lot 429: 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Saloon

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

When Mercedes-Benz replaced the popular W111 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, by wishbone/coil spring 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 initially 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 280SE benefiting from Bosch fuel injection and an increase in output to 150bhp (rising in 1968 to 160bhp), while in the 300SE capacity was raised to 2,996cc and power to 200bhp. Transmission was invariably an automatic four-speed unit. This extremely original example of the now iconic 'S-Class' has just had one owner for its entire life, all 39 years of it. Presented in its original specification, it remains unmodified in any way. It still retains it original service handbook and some of the old MoT test certificates as well as a current one until May of next year. Competitively priced, this early luxury saloon has lost none of its ability to impress.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number429
Estimate£2000-£4000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3646
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1968
Condition rating
Registration numberUBW 248G
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB10801822030213
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Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
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