c.1967 MERCEDES 250SE COUPE
Registration No. 10 CUL
Chassis No. 11102122083018
Engine No. 129981220001WW
Navy Blue with tan interior
Engine: six cylinders in line, overhead valves, 150bhp at 5,500rpm, 2,496cc; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: front, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, rear, single low-pivot swing axles with trailing arms, coil springs and automatic levelling; Brakes: dual-circuit servo-assisted discs to the front, drums to the rear. Right hand drive.
The post-war recovery of Mercedes-Benz was dramatic to say the least. The workers had returned in 1945 to find the Untertürkheim and Sindelfingen plants mostly destroyed, but somehow the production line for the 170V had survived relatively intact, and the company was able to recommence production in 1946. From that point onwards growth was stupendous, 214 vehicles were built in 1946, 5,116 in 1948, and 33,906 in 1950. By 1959 the figure had topped 108,400, and the range had expanded to include saloons, cabriolets, and of course the SL sportscars, with a number of engine choices.
This variety was further extended in 1959 with a coupé version of the 220S. Changing only the roofline and the number of doors, the new car retained the saloon's internal space and performance but gained an elegance its angular sibling lacked, resulting not least from the banishment of B-pillars from the structure. The model was popular, and in 1965 received a minor facelift and the new seven-bearing engine to become the 250, fed in SE form by fuel injection. Capable of graceful high performance cruising, and priced in a bracket that ensured exclusivity, the 250 was manufactured for only three years before the larger engine converted it into the 280, the next step along a genealogy that is still evident in Mercedes' range today.
The example presented here was first registered in April 1967, and changed hands just once before joining the Sharpes' collection. It is described as tidy, having original paintwork that is generally in good condition and an interior that is similarly unmolested save by a small community of Apodemae briefly seeking refuge. It has been stored well over the years and starts but does not run, suggesting a problem with the fuel pump. While most of the bodywork is solid, there is visible corrosion on the sills. In all this lovely and rare grand tourer is a fine candidate for restoration. It is sold with its V5 document.