Last week I went on and on about a beautiful 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE and how it was quintessential classic Mercedes styling and durability. Timeless is a word that maybe comes to mind, but no car person will ever look at that the W108 and not be able to tell it was the late 1960s or early 1970s. Maybe that is a part of the aura around it. It’s a car old enough to have grand children but still water skied on weekends when the knees were feeling good. The W108 and W109 didn’t wither away, they felt every bit as good as they did forty years ago if you kept up on them. Today, I wanted to look at another car that came just before that 1970 280SE and still has that classic Mercedes feel, the W111 220SEb Coupe.
The 220SEb was the top of the range W111 Coupe that featured Bosch fuel injection as opposed to twin Solex carburetors found on the 220Sb. As you might have guessed, everything improved when fuel injection was added to the 2.2 liter M127. More horsepower, better acceleration, and the ability to gobble up miles. This 1962 220SEb up for sale in Chicago looks like it did exactly that. This W111 Coupe isn’t a pickled show car or museum piece. It was enjoyed thoroughly.
Another Mercedes-Benz, another reported former owner who was a leader of a country. According to the seller, this 1966 250SE Coupe was owned Mexican PresidentÂ Adolfo LÃ³pez Mateos. I thought it would be neat to maybe find a photo of him with this car because presidents seem to have their photo taken a lot. (Speaking of, this is a really iconic photo of Mateos riding in anÂ Adenauer cabriolet with JFK.) During my quick research of Mateos, I noticed he died in September of 1969. The seller mentioned that he owned this car in the 1980s. This is why I always say ”According to the seller”. I nicely presented these findings to the seller and he urged me to see if I could find any more information since I was already three pages deep in my Google searching. Turns out, a Mexican website is representing another 250SE, a white 1965, as Mateos car as well. Clearly it is not the same car. This is why it is always a good idea to do your own research before spending a bunch of money on a car or writing about it on the internet. Anyway, this W111 is a European-spec car mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox that needs a whole lot of help. Much to my surprise, it seems like there are plenty of people out there willing to give it such help based on the bidding.
Earlier this week on Monday I looked at 1993 600SL in Spruce Green only to follow it up with a 2004 CL600 in Everest Green. To close out the week, I’d thought I’d finish up with another green machine, although this one is quite a bid older than the prior examples. This 1967 250SE Coupe for sale Missouri is a wonderful example of the design and craftsmanship that Mercedes-Benz was all about during this era. Lots of chrome, lots of leather and lots of wood. These coupes were the perfect blend of conservative style that’s still noticeable without being totally outrageous and in your face (I’m looking at you Cadillac Coupe DeVille) So let’s go check out the details of the W111.
Model: 250SE Coupe
Engine: 2.5 liter straight-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 86,533 mi
Price: Buy It Now $56,900
The 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Opera Coupe featured here is finished in gorgeous Pastel Green with an impeccably kept Olive Green leather interior. This magnificent Mercedes has just arrived from Southern California where it was beautifully restored and maintained. Being one of 5,259 built, it is one of the last of these great handbuilt motorcars and was constructed during the last production year for the 250SE Coupe. We are pleased offer this investment-grade Mercedes to the most astute collector, investor or enthusiast who understands and appreciates the potential of this great marque. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013 and posting gains of 395-percent over the last 10-years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Bid with confidence.
This is a truly lovely coupe. The chrome is as good as you can get and the interior woodwork is outstanding. I’m a sucker for any Mercedes with a wood binnacle and this one is nearly flawless. The dark green leather and carpet really matches the rest of the car well and is a nice different look than what is usually seen. The only thing I see wrong is that horrible radio. I don’t know what goes through people’s heads when they take out original Becker units and replace them with cheap-looking units that look totally out-of-place. It blows my mind that people will ruin the entire look of a car’s interior just to listen to two tracks of some CD. You think when whoever went through this car to do the refresh would have sourced an original radio to reinstall, but maybe there is another reason.
The 250 Coupe isn’t as pricey as the later 280 or even more rare 280 3.5 with the M116 V8. My thought is that these cars are all about styling and appearance anyway. It doesn’t matter what engine is in them, you are still going to look at them the same way. The M129 straight-six is a perfectly fine motor for this car and shouldn’t be discredited at all for not being the 2.8 liter M130. The price for this car is just under $57,000 and I’d say that probably is a little high for this specific example. I have a feeling this dealer overpriced its cars and waits it out just because they can afford to do that. It’d be more comfortable somewhere in the $45,000 to $50,000 range but I wouldn’t say you got ripped off if you paid this asking price. These aren’t depreciating anytime soon but I’m not sure it will ever rise to be a six-figure car â€” not with the 280 and 3.5 ahead of it.
There is a good chance you have no idea who Viktor Knvas is. Don’t worry – I didn’t either until researching this car.Â There is probably also a good chance you might be hearing a little more about Mr. Knvas when his son-in-law isÂ inaugurated into the White House in next month. Yes, this car was owned by the father of the future First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump. So, if you find obscure political memorabilia appealing (or just like a really nice W111 coupe) let’s check out this 1962 220SE.
In the last few years, the Mercedes-Benz lineup has grown substantially. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any bigger, along comes the S-class Cabriolet. While the myriad of SUVs that Mercedes sells are responses to growing trends in the marketplace, the S-class Cabriolet is a revival of an old theme, the car you see here: the 280SE Cabriolet. The 280SE Coupe and Cabriolet were the swan song of the W111 chassis, with production of the 3.5 V8 variant lasting through the summer of 1971. This restored 1970 280SE Cabriolet for sale in Chicago is fitted with a 4-speed manual gearbox, an option not often seen on these grand tourers.
TheÂ W111 coupe is a hell of a design. But it’s one thing just to be a good design. Lots of cars over the years have looked great but when it comes to putting the rubber to the road, well, it’s better off sitting quietlyÂ in the Denny’s parking lot on Friday night ‘Cruise Nights’ in small town, USA. Not true of the W111 coupe, and especially not the 3.5. Launched in 1970 to wrap up production of the W111 and make way for the R107/C107, the 280SE 3.5 coupe was the 230 horsepower V8 version to the regular 280SE with the straight-6Â M130. Strikingly handsome in almost any color combo, 3.5 coupe values have more than doubled in the last few years. This 1970 located in New York City checks all the boxes if you are looking for the almost perfect classic Mercedes coupe.
Walking down the street this week I came across a rather uncanny site, a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe. Sitting nonchalantly on a city street amongst dreary modern day machinery, it brought a smile to my face to know someone is intrepid enough to use such a majestic automobile in an urban environment. The car scene is pretty dead around the Washington, DC area, which is part of the reason I’m looking to get out of here as soon as I can. Everyone here is so fixated on politics and their job that it can be hard finding fellow petrolheads to connect with. Nevertheless, you do see some classics wandering about on the roads from time to time. Sadly I didn’t get a chance to chat the owner up in this case.
This 1970 280SE we see here for sale in California isn’t of the V8 variety, but shares the low grille look of the aforementioned 3.5 with a striking two tone blue and white color combination over a sumptuous blue leather interior. These W111 coupes were some of the last hand-built Mercedes-Benzes to leave the factory and considering what you spend for similar vintage W113 SLs these days, these six-cylinder coupes represent a bit of a relative bargain for the collector.
The Mercedes-Benz Fintails of the 1950s and 1960s was a rather daring design for a company noted for its adherence to traditional design. This styling hallmark would live on through the late 1960s and could be considered the grandfather to the modern day E-class sedan. The 230S we see here was one of the later expressions of the W111 design and one that found its way into my father’s garage in the 1970s. This black example for sale in New York is almost identical to my father’s car, save for the fact that his was a ’67 with a 4-speed manual on the floor and was equipped with a saddle tan MB-Tex interior.
The term “cool” is overused a lot in the English vernacular, but if one car I’ve ever discussed on GCFSB could be described as such, it’s this rare Mercedes-Benz 230S estate. Fully restored, in a very fetching color combination, replete with a 4-speed manual gearbox on the column, it doesn’t get much better than this for the five-door enthusiast. These estates were produced by IMA in Belgium, who were producing knock down kits of Mercedes sedans, as well. I have a personal connection to the W111 chassis 230S, as my father used to own a 230S sedan with a 4-speed manual on the floor years ago. Could this 230S be the ultimate chariot in which to carry the family to the country club?
The 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe with the 4-speed manual gearbox we featured early this year is back up on offer, having been previously listed at $84,500. These cars were classics with a modern heart. With the manual gearbox, it’s quite the rare W111.
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