The Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 were produced from 1965 through to 1972, and a total of 383,361 units were manufactured.
Premièred in 1965, 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 ex Texas USA example comes with its original owner’s manual, maintenance book and history file. Still retaining its original steel wheels with trims, factory electric windows, ivory chrome horn ring steering wheel, Factory Air Conditioning and many other early style features that came to an end towards the early 70’s. A true rust-free car in incredible condition with original features that have stood the test of time. There is a full maintenance and history file and has been carefully maintained by professionals over the years. Recently driven from Spain to the UK with no problems whatsoever. This car continues to amaze and delight with its roaring V8 engine and low mileage for the next lucky owner to enjoy!