The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the fundamental basics for the modern-day Mercedes-Benzs can trace their heritage back to the 250 SE of 1966. It is a design that has evolved over the past four decades and perfected with time and fine-tuning.
The 250 SE Cabriolet Mercedes was powered by a 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine that could achieve speeds of nearly 120 mph. This was a tremendous accomplishment for the five-passenger vehicle as it weighed 3,285 pounds. The cars featured 14-inch wheels and a hydro-pneumatic unit on the rear axle. Disc brakes could be found on all four corners, which greatly increased the cars performance.
In 2008 this example was brought to the Automobiles of Amelia presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for $46,750 including buyer's premium. This car is painted in its original silver blue livery and fitted with a new manually operated dark blue Haartz cloth top. The interior is blue vinyl with a refinished wood dash. There are blue carpets, chrome accents, and real wood appointments in the cabin. The trunk is fully lined and capable of carrying adequate amount of luggage and cargo. This car has the rare optional four-speed transmission and a 170 horsepower six-cylinder engine. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
The 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe was a limited production car that was assembled on the same production line as the saloons. For 1966, 3,061 examples of the 250SE Coupe and Convertible were built. Total production of the 250SE, September 1965 through December of 1967 was 6,213 units. This series of Coupes began as a 220SE in February of 1961 and ended with the 280SE 3.5 in July of 1971.
The original owner of this car was Sergio Riccardi of Rome, Italy who cared for it until 1978. The current owner purchased the car from Riccardi in 1978 while stationed with NATO in Naples, Italy. The engine and components were totally rebuilt by Mercedes of Stuttgart in 1981. The brakes, shocks, king pins, front and rear springs and all steering and suspension components were replaced in 1982. The car was repainted in 1982 in the original color of metallic Middle Grey. The interior is original and unrestored. In 1983, the car was shipped to the United States.
The W-110 'Fintail' Series was succeeded by the W-114 and W-115 models in 1968, also known as 'Stroke 8' by enthusiasts. These were very versatile machines that satisfied a plethora of needs. They were available with both gasoline and diesel engines, in four, five or six cylinders. The gasoline models with the six-cylinder engines were given the designation of 230, 250 or 280, according to nominal metric displacement. This meant that the 230 Mercedes had a 2.3 liter engine, the 250 had a 2.5 liter version, and the 280 was powered by a 2.8L engine.
Production of the W114, and the similar W115, continued from 1968 through 1976. The differences between the W114 and W115 were with the engines. The W116 were fitted with the straight-six engines. The W115 used straight-4 and straight-5 engines and sold under the names 200, 220, 230, and 240. After 1976, the 'Stroke-8' models were replaced by the W123 series. The '8' portion of the 'Stroke-8' nickname signified '1968.' The following year the cars were designated 'W-114/9', 'Stroke 9'. This nickname never caught on and the original nickname stuck for the entire series.
In 1969, Mercedes-Benz introduced a coupe version and given the designation 'C' after the model number. The coupe had the same wheelbase and length as the saloon version and from the A-pillar forward they were identical. There were differences; the passenger compartment was 19-inches shorter in the coupe, and the roof was two inches lower. The trunk was much longer.
In 1969 the 250CE featured the Bosch D-jetronic fully electronic fuel injection system. This marked the first time a production Mercedes-Benz ever used this system. The fuel-injection system was used for two years before it was dropped in favor of a mechanical system. All coupe models were given the six-cylinder engine.
The 'Stroke-8' models featured many 'firsts' for the Mercedes-Benz marque. They were the first models for Mercedes-Benz to include a center console. In 1974 they were given ribbed taillights and a revised rear axle.
A four-speed manual gearbox was standard, but a four-speed automatic could be ordered, as could optional power steering and air conditioning. By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
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