Guest contributor Otis Blank on his 1966 MercedesBenz W108 250SE |

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Mercedes-Benz W108

Guest contributor: Otis on his 1966 Mercedes-Benz W108

I have always had a love for I once called “stacked-headlight” Every time I’d see one, my would jump just a bit. We even had one in the family— a worse for wear 1962 220SEb owned by my father. I’d adored the looks of that though I never actually owning one for myself. I always of myself as the kind of person who drive something a bit smaller, a bit


The first car I had that I could my own was a 1988 Saab 900 Turbo: a car, but nearing the end of its life and unreliable by then— it was constantly to catch fire or explode. I received a 1989 BMW 325is as a school graduation gift, as as a replacement for the beater Saab. It was a driver’s dream, taking anything I could throw at it. I say because one day I ended up throwing it a tree. I was physically fine, but that car was like losing a of the family.

From the day I lost the BMW I was on Craigslist day, searching for anything with my budget of $2000. I had I didn’t need to own a sporty car though I certainly didn’t it out. I would be perfectly with something like an E28 BMW or even a 1970s or 1980s sedan of some sort. A of months went by, and I didn’t anything worth even at. Then one night I saw the ad: 1966 – $1325 . I had seen other ads for pre-1980 cars, but they either rusted out and undrivable, or too I clicked the link, not expecting What I saw was a perfectly good

From the small Craigslist I might have even it looked mint. I thought to this is too good to be true, has to be something majorly wrong it. Based on what I saw in the photos, a of $13,250 seemed much likely than the advertised of $1325. As it was 11 o’clock at night I saw the ad, I decided it was probably best to until the next morning to the seller. The morning finally around after I spent the night dreaming about the I called the seller, no response. I again, no response. At this I was worried that the car had already even though the posting had been up since late the before.

I waited an hour and called one time. Finally I got an answer. minutes later, I was looking at the It was almost every bit as good as it in the photos. The paint could’ve a good buffing and there was a rust near the wheel but nothing to be worried about. The was in fantastic shape for a 44-year-old The wood was a little dried out and have its original shine would have been on a $13,250 car), but for $1325, I going to complain. The seats all in fine condition— no rips, or discoloration. The same went for the

After inspecting the car inside and the seller told me the car was bought new in in 1966 and stayed there 1994, at which point it was to the US to be used as sort of a weekend for the elderly owner. The seller was selling it for the original owner, making it a one-owner car.

The history was perfect. Cosmetically it was There was only one thing to check out: how it stood I was handed the keys and was out on the road I knew it. Having driven my W111 before (essentially a coupe), I wasn’t nervous it. And the car felt fantastic to drive. It had a vintage feel, but with the convenience of power steering and The only issue was the transmission, had a fairly significant clunk to it. But I had read that this was in these cars (W111s and and that it wasn’t much to about.

At this point the decision had made. Given the history it the condition it was in, and the price at which it was offered, it was impossible to pass on deal. Next thing I I was taking it home. I couldn’t I had it. I was proud of my E30, but the E30 was nothing this.

If there’s one word I use to describe it, it would definitely be It has a presence to it that isn’t or flashy. It makes itself yet it’s reserved. No one goes look at this asshole” you show up in a W108. I’ve had the car for three months now, and not have I felt anyone the car. It’s been but smiles, stares, questions, and By far the question I get most often is year is that?”, usually by a compliment of some kind.

are two things I hear most from my friends about the They’ll usually tell me gems as “you could fit of bodies in the trunk!” or “it’s a Mafia car!” The best however, was from a little kid mother was attempting to strap him his child seat in their conveyance. When he saw the Merc, he up and jumped up and down and pointed this huge smile on his His mother looked up to see what all the was about. She, too, and I waved back at them. really the little things making owning a car like such a pleasure.

Would I recommend a car like to someone looking for a new car? Though it’s been reliable so far, it’s a classic. The chances that goes wrong are much than they would be something newer. I use mine as a driver and have taken it up mountain roads before nearly no issues. With maintenance, there is no reason a car this can’t stay on the for several more years to

Would I recommend it to someone as a car? A thousand times It’s a very rewarding car to The build quality of the car as well as the experience makes you love the car and more with each The W108 was built in the era when were still building for smart people rather rich people. It doesn’t any ridiculous luxury features, lots of clever engineering make driving a better Combine that with the feeling you get from the reactions of and you have a car that’s just as close to perfect as you can get. As as you can get for $1325, anyway.

Words and images: Otis

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