– 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Coupé Automatic
– delivered to the US when new and re-imported to Germany in 2014
– white exterior paint nicely contrasted by the car’s dark blue interior
– 2.5 litre six-cylinder engine with 110 kW (150 hp) of power
– engine runs smooth with plunger type pump working as it should
– automatic transmission with steering wheel gear selector
– interior in good condition except for a damage to the passenger seat
– clean headliner without the usual stains
– burl wood dashboard reconditioned in the past
– chrome trim complete and largely without damage
– underbody has been welded, photo documentation available
– requires revision of electric components, braking system and chassis
– Classic Data appraisal values the car at € 36,000 (condition: 2-; 2014)
– not a perfect vehicle, but an investment in the future
As of February 1961, the coupé and convertible variants of the W111 became available, initially using the same drivetrain as the sedan model 220 SE. They were referred to as 220 SEb/C. After that, engine sizes – and prices, too – of the coupés just kept going up. The 250 SE, 280 SE and 300 SE followed, and just before the end of the production run, the 350 SE.
In contrast to its predecessor, coupé and convertible are based on the unshortened carrier of the associated sedan and were thus a full four-seater. Coupé and sedan have also stylistically many similarities, but not one of the components of the four-door car could be used for the coupé or convertible. More than four times as many parts as for the sedan were made by hand for the coupés and convertibles.
These C-models were the last largely handmade Mercedes, which is why coupé and convertible prices were almost twice as high as that of the sedan.