The Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 were produced from 1965 through to 1972, and a total of 383,361 units were manufactured.
The car was premièred in 1965, and the initial model line up consisted of three W108s: 250S, 250SE, 300SE W109, and the 300SEL. Engines for the new car were carried over from the previous generation, but enlarged and refined.
The 250S was the entry-level vehicle fitted with a 2496cc engine, delivering 130 bhp. The 250SE featured an identical straight-six, but with fuel injection with power improved to 150 bhp.
Both the 300SE and 300SEL came with the 2996 cc engine, producing 170 bhp. The cylinder capacity of the 3 litre Mercedes engine was unchanged since 1951.
The arrival of the big-block 4520cc 225 hp M117 engine allowed for a final set of vehicles to be launched in the spring of 1971, the W108 280SE 4.5 and 280SEL 4.5 and the W109 300SEL 4.5. This was destined solely for the US market. Performance improved, top speed – 205 km/h, 0-100 – 9.5 seconds.
This lovely long wheelbase top of the range SEL model is fitted with the more powerful 4.5 litre V8 engine and is very nicely finished in Walnut Brown Metallic paint with a lovely tobacco brown leather interior. The car has benefitted from a repaint recently and the leather seats have also benefitted from some attention. The chrome is said to be in very good condition, in fact the car presents very well in all respects.
Showing 33,000 kilometres recorded, this supremely stylish 1970s executive saloon is the perfect classic car in many respects, fast, comfortable, reliable, incredible well made, and with plenty of room for the whole family.