1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108)


  • Recently resprayed
  • Lovely original interior
  • Lots of recent mechanical work

The Appeal

This 280 SE looks like a great example of a Mercedes W108, having been recently resprayed and received a long list of mechanical servicing and attention. It looks smart on the outside, and the interior is in lovely original condition, so the next owner will be able to make the decision as to whether the upholstery and carpets should be preserved or renewed. 

Mercedes from this era have an excellent reputation for longevity, with examples performing sterling service as long-distance taxis for many decades in far-flung corners of the globe. The W108 is a solidly built and dependable car, which is known to keep on going.

This makes it the ideal candidate for use as a daily driver. Alternatively, its next keeper may decide to store it carefully for use on nice summer afternoons. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 6th June 1969
  • The vendor states that the car will come with a new MOT
  • Road Tax and MOT exempt 
  • Five former keepers
  • More paperwork to follow, including invoices for reportedly £10,000 of work
  • Original owner’s manual

The Interior

  • Some cracking and crazing to the steering wheel rim
  • Dashboard veneer in good condition
  • Dashboard top free from splits or cracks
  • Steering column mounted gear shifter
  • Seat covers generally good, but with a few rips and tears
  • Some wear to the carpets in the footwells
  • Headlining secure but has a few light stains
  • Driver’s headrest missing
  • Door cards generally clean and tidy
  • Gauges clear and bright
  • The heater fan is reportedly intermittent
  • Original Motorola radio
  • Original seatbelts still fitted

The Exterior 

  • Resprayed recently in metallic bronze, a metallic version of the original colour
  • This paint appears to be in excellent condition, with no notable chips or scratches wi could see
  • The body is nice and straight, with good panel gaps
  • The external brightwork looks good, with the chrome plating remaining in good condition
  • Colour matched hubcaps on steel wheels
  • The underside has reportedly received rust treatment
  • Mercedes three-pointed star still proudly displayed on the bonnet
  • Distinctive tall headlamps
  • Lamp lenses appear clear and bright

The Mechanics 

The vendor tells us that the following work has been carried out in the past three years:

  • Bosch fuel pump rebuilt
  • New ignition leads and spark plugs
  • New brake servo from Colin Ferns in London 
  • Belts, bushes and fuel hoses replaced
  • Fuel injectors ultrasonically cleaned
  • Ignition timing se
  • Throttle linkage adjusted
  • Thermo timer switch replaced
  • Recent full service including transmission fluid
  • Steering box reconditioned
  • Rubber exhaust mounts replaced 
  • New battery fitted 


Presented in good useable condition, this W108 would be a great candidate for ‘the one car to do everything’. With the right maintenance, it will keep going forever and it looks smart wherever it goes. 

Alternatively this appears to be a good starting point for a car to bring up to a high standard of restoration, should you desire.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1969
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 280 SE (W108)
  • Colour Bronze
  • Odometer 78,407 Miles
  • Engine size 2746
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Leicester
  • Location Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
19 bids
  • Sa•••• £11,250 29/11/22
  • ka•••• £11,000 29/11/22
  • Sa•••• £10,750 29/11/22
  • h_•••• £10,500 29/11/22
  • Sa•••• £10,250 29/11/22
  • h_•••• £10,000 29/11/22
  • Sa•••• £9,800 29/11/22
  • ka•••• £9,700 29/11/22
  • Fa•••• £9,500 29/11/22
  • Sa•••• £8,900 29/11/22

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