1968 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

280 SE W208


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Beginning in 1968, Mercedes Benz marketed their model range as 'New Generation Models', giving their ID plates the designation '/8' (1968 launch year). Because they were the only truly new cars of the so-called 'New Generation' and because of the '/8' or 'slash eight' designation, W114 and W115 models ultimately received the German nickname Strich Acht, loosely translated into English as ' stroke eight'. However, the existing W108 was still in production (until September 1972) and the remaining 280S and 280SE models were upgraded with the 2778 cc M130 engine. Naturally, performance was improved, and the 280S, fitted with two downdraught carburetors producing 140 hp, was capable of 185 km/h, whilst 0-100 (kph) was achieved in 12.5 seconds.

This 280SE is presented in classic period Forest Green and this is a truly lovely Mercedes, which looks perfect. It has a complementing, sumptuous and inviting deep Beige leather interior which is in remarkable condition paying testament to the quality of the materials used by Mercedes. This gem of a W108 is clearly pampered and garaged and totally maintained regardless of cost as the history file clearly does show. The seller states that the car drives just as well as it looks, showing good oil pressure and getting to temperature in the correct time.

The 50's style column change takes you back to a different era, but it's smooth to operate and creates a generous space between the front seats. The car has recently benefited from servicing and with light power steering, this late sixty classic is very comfortable in modern traffic. Nothing to do except simply enjoy this outstanding Mercedes Benz.