Epic-Auctions is auctioning a private collection on November 11th. There is not only a wide selection of classic cars, but also various classic motorcycles and mopeds. Things like old gas pumps, jukeboxes and various automobiles are also included. Our eye fell on a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S. An automatic.
The first thing you notice when you look at this Mercedes-Benz 250 S is the elegance and class that radiates from it. It is a smart, stylish car from the premium segment in the mid-sixties.
In a matching black color and finished with a number of chrome accents. The straight lines of the design codenamed W108 make it timeless. You are immediately fascinated by the car’s appearance and details and almost forget that the design is over 55 years old. It exudes luxury, because in those years everyone was used to having to fold down the front seats in most cars if you wanted to go backwards. So as soon as you drove up with this four-door Mercedes-Benz 250 S, you had just made it! Speaking of luxury, this W108 is also equipped with automatic transmission, leather upholstery, power steering and an excellent working music factory, a radio. Not exactly standard options at the time either.
The 250 S was introduced in 1965 and was built until 1969. It was a completely new design in the Mercedes model line and the first of a new generation which later spawned the classic 280 SE 4.5 and 300 SEL 6.3 sedans. All three models shared a body designed by Paul Bracq. Its clean lines characterize the model’s understated elegance, which has a timeless appeal even today. There is no such thing as fashionable excess, a quality Mercedes-Benz has never been guilty of with its design language. The new W108 models were technically largely based on their predecessors, so reliability was guaranteed.
As well as the new bodywork, there were new technical details to report on the two 2.5-litre engines, which were developed by increasing the bore and stroke of the existing Mercedes 2.2-litre engines. This model was also equipped with a crankshaft bearing seven times and an oil-water heat exchanger ensured a better heat load in the oil system. It has independent front and rear suspension with four-wheel drive disc brakes. The engine is a six cylinder 2.5 liter inline with an overhead camshaft that still runs great and silky smooth at high speed. The factory states an output of 170 hp at 5600 revolutions per minute. A number that is not achieved in practice with this Mercedes-Benz 250 S, because an LPG installation is fitted. In any case, this small power loss does not outweigh the many advantages of LPG. It is more environmentally friendly and the price at the pump is a bit friendlier than with diesel or petrol due to the low excise duty. Especially these days! With its 56-year-old car, the car is naturally also tax-free, which makes the advantage even greater.
In the shadow
The enthusiasm for the Mercedes-Benz 250 S has been there from the start and has not changed to this day. The graceful model is a relief when you drive it on public roads between today’s SUVs and the bloated ‘small’ cars. Any modern Polo, Clio or Cinquecento is just in the shadow of this old gentleman. Something has really gone wrong with the idiom in recent decades. The models from the sixties and seventies are simply more beautiful. The 250 is an example of this, simply a work of art!
More information on this car can be found on the epic-auctions.com website. And of course you can also find the other items that are part of this auction. The viewing days are November 5 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., November 10 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. and November 11 between 9 a.m. and noon. The auction itself starts on November 11 at noon and ends the same day at 6 p.m. The cars can be seen at the auction site Wilhelminalaan 3 in Vessem. It’s certainly interesting to take a look, even if you don’t have to bid or only want to do it online. It is also possible to bring in classics yourself.