An amazing 250S offering stunning originality, character and rock icon provenance
Subject to a full restoration in the late 1990’s with few miles covered since
Owned not once, but twice by former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman
The Paul Bracq-designed W108 was launched at the 1965 Frankfurt Auto Show with three models initially available along with one long wheelbase option (the W109). The cars carried forward the marque’s reputation for impeccably engineered, refined and comfortable autobahn expresses. At launch their engineering values, comfort, style and rarity in the UK drew the attention of many well healed owners looking for Rolls Royce alternatives.
One such owner was Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones who bought this car new in 1966. Today the car presents well thanks to an earlier full professional restoration in 1998. It is thought that the car has only covered around 6,000 miles since it left Mr Wyman’s private collection in 2017. The car is reported to require some engine repairs to bring the car back to a fully drivable condition.
The History and Paperwork
This is a UK supplied and specified 250S
It was supplied new to Rolling Stone Bill Wyman by a South London dealer
This became the first of many Mercedes Bill would go on to own
The car was believed to have cost him £3,853 in 1966
Like many rock icons of the time Bill had wanted blacked out rear windows
Mercedes weren’t able to offer these so Bill commissioned a set from Pilkington
These were thought to have cost about 10% of the original cost of the car
Between 1966 and 1969 Bill used the car to travel around London
This was often to and from Olympic studios where they recorded “Beggars Banquet”
In 1971 Bill part exchanged the car for a Mercedes Benz coupe
In November 1991 Bill was able to buy the car back for £1,000
It had not moved far from his Suffolk home but had fallen on hard times
Sadly, the blacked-out windows had been replaced
In 1998 Bill commissioned specialist Tony Davey to fully restore the car
The Mercedes was thought to have remained in Bill’s collection until 2017
The current owner acquired the car in 2021
There is some great provenance proving paperwork included with the car
This includes the current V5 in the name of the owner
This classifies the car as a Historic Vehicle and so VED and MOT exempt
A significant number of earlier MOTs are present in hard copy
An earlier V5 in the name of Bill Wyman is also present
There are also some press articles detailing Wyman’s ownership of the car
The remainder of the archive consists of numerous invoices
These detail maintenance and repair work undertaken
Included in these is some from the Wyman restoration in 1998
The interior of this fine example is in an excellent and well restored condition
The seats are finished in the familiar Mercedes Benz MB Tex vinyl
This is textured and perforated to the five vertical box pleats of the seat centres
The bolsters are finished in smooth MB Tex
The shade is known as “parchment” (P205)
The condition of the front seats is very good overall
One small tear is noted to the squab of the driver’s seat
The rear bench seat is identically trimmed and equally well presented
A wide, folding central armrest is also present
The door cards are finished in the same shade of MB Tex vinyl
Quality chromed door furniture is fitted
The carpets are finished in dark grey and look to be in great shape
The perforated light vinyl headlining is clean and tightly fitted
The period-correct dashboard is fronted with mid-coloured wood veneer
The familiar white on black VDO gauges sit within a hooded binnacle
These sit behind the original two spoke steering wheel with chromed horn bar
In the centre of the dash a Pioneer, push button radio cassette unit is fitted
The well-shaped boot is finished with a ribbed black rubber mat
This is also home to the vertically mounted (seemingly unused) spare wheel and tool set
This example is presented in bright looking blue paintwork
This looks to be in a very good overall condition
It is thought that the original colour was reapplied during the 1990’s restoration
In any event the finish looks appropriately thick and smooth
The odd minor rust blister is noted but nothing that detracts too much
The bodywork of the car looks equally well presented
The panel gaps look tight and symmetrical in true Mercedes Benz fashion
The front end of the car exhibits the iconic “fishbowl” or “stacked” headlamps
The large, chromed radiator surround and grill is also a signature feature
The car sits on painted 14-inch steel wheels
This are centred with chromed hubcaps with embossed three-pointed stars
Chromed beaty rings are fitted completing the period-correct look
The wheels are shod in a matching set of Maxxis Victra 510 tyres
These are sized in a 185/80 configuration
The chromed brightwork looks a little tarnished in places
The light lenses and cabin glass all appears to be original and in fine condition
The 250S is fitted with an M108 inline six-cylinder petrol engine
This is a 2,497cc unit breathing through twin, downdraught Zenith carburettors
In original specification this unit produced around 130bhp
Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission
The under-bonnet presentation of the car looks good
Many new parts are in evidence, but the level of originality is high
The inner wings look sound, and the rear bulkhead is corrosion protected
The requisite data plates seem to be present and correct
The underside of the car appears straight, original and undersealed
It is reported that the car has been used without sufficient engine oil previously
As a result, it now emits a severe knocking from the bottom end
As such it is currently considered as a non-runner that will require transportation
The Mercedes Benz 250S was never a common sight on UK roads. It harks from a period when Mercedes cars were a leftfield and somewhat exotic choice for connoisseurs who appreciated their peerless engineering values. Although near 75,000 250S were built, a tiny fraction of these would have made it to the UK. Today these cars are vanishingly rare, especially in a solid and original looking condition.
This example is notable for its overall condition with both interior and exterior looking admirably well presented. The mechanicals are reported to need attention due to a pronounced bottom end knock but attending to this will deliver a fascinating classic. The car’s rock legend provenance which is clearly document and verified really adds a further dimension to this car. If you want something in common with rock royalty, then this is definitely the car for you.
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1966 Mercedes-Benz 250S (W108) formerly owned by Bill Wyman
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