Introduced in 1959, the Mercedes-Benz W111 chassis remained in production until 1971 and was manufactured in parallel with a number of other designs including the W108. Cabriolets were available in three engine sizes from ’61 until ’71 with the 250SE Cabriolet being sold from late 1965 until the end of 1967. Powered by a 2.5-litre straight six, the 250SE was fitted with Bosch fuel injection and produced nearly 150bhp, whilst married to a 4-speed automatic transmission, giving it a top speed of around 118mph. Aimed squarely at those discerning customers who enjoyed the occasional wind in the hair driving experience, but needed 4 seats and a little luxury, the stylish 250SE Cabriolet was the car of choice.
We are delighted to offer this original Right Hand Drive 250 SE Cabriolet, which interestingly was first supplied to Assa Yazbeck & Sons Ltd of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
With the previous UK-based vendor for approximately 6 years, this fabulously stylish car was treated to a detailed restoration. The car went to well respected specialist Colin Ferns of Mortlake, Surrey, who spent the next two years restoring the car to the tune of over £20,000. The car was painted in the correct shade of Mercedes Blau 940, the interior trimmed in Wine Red by the well known supplier Strong & Turton, all brightwork was re-chromed and the hood replaced with a genuine Mercedes item.
Planning to use the car on continental trips to Italy, during restoration a number of sensible modifications were added, such as Xenon headlights, inertia retractable seat belts, electronic ignition, and a period Becker radio with iPod connector. Always stored carefully, this car has clearly been well-loved as further receipts from local specialists lay testament. Supplied with a UK V5c, an MoT until 9th June 2016, the owner’s handbook and a bespoke dustcover, this supremely elegent car is presented in excellent condition in all respects. A truly wonderful, stylish, usable classic car which the whole family can enjoy.