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 wonderfully original two-owner Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 4.5, finished in Beige/Grey with a black interior, has a wonderful patina, with the majority of first paint from new and one or two very minor paint imperfections appropriate with the age of the car.
Coming from c. 20 years of dry storage, the Mercedes has been recommissioned with a fuel tank flush, new fuel lines and battery. As such the car is said to run extremely well, and drives superbly. With just 76,000 miles recorded this nice straight example is well worth closer inspection.