When Mercedes-Benz replaced the popular W111 220 series in 1966, the first S-Class range was born. Much of the mechanical specification remained as before, but a new, sleeker bodyshell with lower roof and waist lines and a larger glass area proved to be a far more modern design than the dated, finned wing appearance of its predecessor; supplementing the saloons there were, as always, both coupé and cabriolet derivatives.
All of these W108 models, however, shared similar all independent suspension, by wishbone/coil spring at the front together with a coil sprung swing axle at the rear; all round disc brakes and power assisted steering were also standard equipment. Power was initially provided by a choice of three overhead camshaft six cylinder engines: for the 250 S, the 2,496cc motor produced 130bhp via twin carburettors, with the 280 SE benefitting from Bosch fuel injection and an increase in output to 150bhp (rising in 1968 to 160bhp); transmission was invariably an automatic four-speed unit.
First registered on the 4th December 1970, the car has been in the loving ownership of its meticulous owner as part of a select collection of Mercedes-Benz motor cars.
The car has undergone an extensive restoration: the body shell was stripped of all fittings and parts and sent away for sand blasting and all surfaces have been treated and finished in quality anti-corrosive materials.
Replacement panels were used where necessary, along with a new windscreen; all brake parts including callipers and fittings were replaced; all rubbers, gearbox overhauled all new track rods and end fittings; water pump assembly; all electrical relays and units as well as all interior woodwork parts. A complete list of the full restoration process is available in the car’s history file.
Finished in its original colour of metallic blue with a contrasting cream hide interior, the owner confirms the car is in excellent condition as one would expect due to the thorough restoration.
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