1968 Mercedes-Benz 250S (W108)


  • 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 Appeal

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.

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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

  • 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

The Exterior

  • 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 Mechanics

  • 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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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1968
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 250S
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 95,719 Miles
  • Engine size 2497
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Liverpool
  • Location Merseyside
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 7 bidders
  • bit***c•••• £10,750 30/05/23
  • RobertL•••• £10,500 30/05/23
  • Adrian•••• £10,250 30/05/23
  • RobertL•••• £10,000 30/05/23
  • Adrian•••• £9,700 30/05/23
  • terreta•••• £9,600 30/05/23
  • RobertL•••• £9,500 30/05/23
  • terreta•••• £9,200 30/05/23
  • RobertL•••• £9,000 30/05/23
  • Adrian•••• £8,750 30/05/23

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