1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Convertible
Chassis no. 1102310087684
First shown at Frankfurt in 1965, the new S-Class Mercedes-Benz range was outwardly distinguishable from preceding models by a sleeker bodyshell with lower roof and waistlines, and increased glass area. All models featured similar all-independent suspension, as well as four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted steering. However, although the saloon used this 'New Generation' bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the timelessly elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1960 on the 220SEb. This new 220 family had moved Mercedes-Benz's styling into the modern era; longer than their predecessors, these elegant newcomers featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, enlarged rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps, all of which were carried over to the 250SE Coupé and Cabriolet. As befitted top-of-the-range luxury models, the duo came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric windows and stereo radio as standard.
The 250SE employed a fuel-injected version of Mercedes-Benz's new, overhead-camshaft, seven-bearing 'six' displacing 2,496cc and developing 150bhp at 5,600rpm. There was a choice of four-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while the rear suspension featured Mercedes-Benz's hydro-pneumatic compensating spring. Thus equipped, the 250SE was good for 120mph, with 60mph reachable in 12 seconds, a substantial improvement on the superseded 220SE's figures. When the 280SE 3.5 ceased production in 1971, its passing marked the end of this long-established body style. Today all examples of these classic Coupés and Cabriolets are highly sought after.
Presented here is a beautiful 1967 Mercedes 250 SE Cabriolet with nice dark burgundy paint, marine blue leather and top and in very rare manual transmission specification. Originally delivered in Germany, where it is believed to have been owned by a doctor, it later crossed the Atlantic to reside in the ownership of another doctor, this time resident in Maine, from whom it was acquired by the current owner.
Having been restored some years ago, the Mercedes has recently been thoroughly and meticulously refreshed and revised cosmetically. The paintwork was color sanded and buffed and is showing very strongly, while beneath the car its chassis and underside has been professionally detailed and is in very fine order, both structurally and visually. The body has good straight panels and door, trunk and hood shut lines, an important and good quality in these cars. Complementing this both in terms of color and condition is the interior with respect to both the leather and carpets. In addition it has finely finished chrome and wood trim pieces, and has recently benefited from receiving a new convertible top.
Aside from their fabulous and luxurious looks, to the uninitiated it is always worth experiencing this era of Mercedes as they are far ahead of many of their contemporaries. This example in its rare specification and colors would make a great and sociable way to cruise in style.
- Please note that the actual chassis number for this vehicle is 11102310087684.
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