An amazing survivor 250S offering stunning originality and character
Boasting its original paintwork and interior and in a ready to go condition
Mechanically recommissioned by its current owner with original parts
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.
This example is so interesting for having a highly original presentation both inside and out. So much so, in fact, that it is easy to assume the car has enjoyed a thorough restoration. It’s that good. For its age the car offers a sensible original mileage equating to less than 2,000 miles a year on average. The current owner was able to locate the original spares he needed in Germany to mechanically recommission the car around 10 years ago.
The History and Paperwork
This is a UK supplied and specified 250S
The car was first registered in the UK in February 1968
The car was supplied by former Mercedes dealer T H Bennet of Blackpool
The car went on to be serviced by T H Bennet until around 25,000 miles in 1970
The car was used regularly by the first owner until around the mid-1980’s
At that stage the car was put into storage and hardly used
The first owner passed away in 2008 and ownership passed to a family member
A number of other cars owned by this gent were discovered and sold
This car became the last one to be sold with the current owner acquiring in 2009
The current owner managed to source some original parts from Germany
The hydraulics, fuel lines, brakes and fuel tank were recommissioned
The car was serviced, and a new battery added, and it started first time!
Since that point the car has been very lightly but regularly used
The current owner used the car for his daughter’s wedding in 2015
There is a great level of original paperwork included with the car
This includes the current V5 in the name of the owner
The car is registered as a Historic Vehicle and, so, is MOT and VED exempt
The original 250S book pack is included and in great condition
This includes the original service book
This book contains a total of 30 entries documenting its maintenance
This covers the period from new to 1987 when the car was in storage
A number of previous MOTs are included in hard copy form
Some parts manifests are on hand detailing the parts sourced and fitted during recommissioning
Some original ephemera is included such as the original factory data sheet
The interior of this fine example is in an excellent and original condition
The seats are finished in the familiar Mercedes Benz MB Tex vinyl
This is textured to the five horizontal box pleats of the seat centres
The bolsters are finished in smooth MB Tex
The shade is known simply as “blue” (P345)
The condition of the front seats is amazing considering their originality
The rear bench seat is equally well presented
A wide, folding central armrest is also present
The door cards are finished in the same shade of MB Tex vinyl
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 an original, four band push button radio is fitted
The well-shaped boot is finished in black carpet
This is also home to the vertically mounted spare wheel and tool set
This example is presented in its original white paintwork
This looks to be in an excellent overall condition
The current owner has checked the paint with a depth meter
Only one of the front wings has appeared to have been overpainted at some point
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” headlamps and radiator grill
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 mixed set of 185 sized radial type tyres
The chromed bumpers exude a good shine and appear pristine
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 front panel exhibits a little surface corrosion, but it appears very minor
The underside of the car appears straight, original and undersealed
The paperwork shows the maintenance was diligent and regular up to 87,000 miles
Since coming out of storage the car has been diligently recommissioned
As such this is a Mercedes Benz that should have a significant amount of life remaining
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 pristine and original condition.
This example is stunning in its originality. Long periods in storage have clearly benefitted its condition and kept the mileage decidedly modest for a Mercedes Benz of this vintage. It looks like a restored example such is the exterior and interior condition. The car has enjoyed a sympathetic recommissioning with diligently sourced original parts. A fine and impressive example that must be, surely, one of the best original examples available.
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1968 Mercedes-Benz 250S (W108)
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