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The Grand Dame: 1967 250S (W108) Quick

Following the end of World War II, West underwent an incredible economic that brought it to the top leagues of countries. Unlike the United which pursued a consumption-based model, Germany was always creating, inventing, and then this great work to the Its automotive industry was no exception – relics of war, like the Beetle, went on to find commercial success worldwide.

by then already had a rock-solid and looking back at the long of the S-Class you will find the although it was not officially called the until much later.

sold in good numbers in although from what can punt most of them the later model 280S.  had the immense privilege of driving the recently in one of its earliest launch the 250S. This came a 2.5-litre straight-six M108 with twin zenith (what fuel injection?), a leisurely 130bhp and a century performance of about 14 seconds. All is purely academic, of course, as I was about to find out, performance is vastly different what you read on the spec

When the W108 first the small lay-by where I my ears immediately caught the note of something old – not old in the sense of broken, but chugging along character, panache and attitude. I’m not if the later fuel-injected 250SE sound any different, but this one evoked an atmosphere that me back to at least 30 years in a good way.

Parking up, was immediately apparent is the length of the Even by modern standards the had a wheelbase and body of an elegant liner, one which surely many respectful glances on the especially at a time in Singapore most people were riding around in rickshaws, and motorbikes.

Even so, the friendly height hinted that it was easy to get in and out of the car, as well as to out of. That, perhaps, could why the side rear view were almost apologetic to the size of the rest of the car. simply weren’t needed. beauty of the car is that you can just your head back if reversing, and you can see everything,” says the of the car who demonstrated it expertly when in the lay-by.

I could well have to mention how beautiful this car is. much have been about the elegance of classic cars, nothing could you when you first set your upon one cruising down the The lines are so correct, free of and pedestrian regulations, free of the of mass production (which, to be kept these companies and making good money). It is a stunner, especially with the rims that are blissfully in size, just 14-inches, hint at a serene ride

I was fully satisfied at my little with the W108, but it was an offer I refuse when the owner “Go on, have a go.” I said yes thinking too much into it, but my wandered to managing the car’s and lack of modern aids make driving so easy However with the owner me I could manoeuvre the car at ease, as he chipped “Go ahead, make the I know this car very Reassuring indeed, especially I didn’t want to lay even a mark to symbolise my priceless to drive this beauty.

The massive diameter of the steering greets me as I landed on the traditionally Mercedes seats. Exquisitely with thin chrome and literally a ‘cooking hob’ the steering wheel dominated the from which you can easily over to the beautiful gauges. borne from an era where interior lighting wasn’t a priority, the controls were enough to operate once without having to fumble dozens of buttons like you do in cars. Curiously, the speedometer in MPH, which reminded me a of my ex-cars in England.

Laid over with MB the seats feel very new and signalling they could last for many more to come.  Best of all, the is so airy that rear feel like they are in a living room of sorts, none of the stand-offish atmosphere front and rear rows you get in cars nowadays with huge front seats. And it is true – visibility is all-round and you can drive naturally without side mirrors. Best about older cars, I

Setting off, what is impressive is the responsive of the gearbox, can shame some of the 5-speed you find in modern MBs like the four-cylinder models before got the 7-speeder. Equally astounding is the of the engine to haul, which it with enthusiasm and good not feeling strained in the least and the car a laid-back persona which extends to the driver’s temperament. you will not be going fast as already feels plenty but that is quite the point – sit relax and enjoy your in class.

Through junctions the car turns surprising body control, that as early as the 1960s has already got their damping on between a mix of comfort and stability. the 14-inch rims helped as thickly-profiled tyres soaked up of the bumps along the ravaged Timah Road. Braking was a big too. Equipped with disc brakes with stainless steel brake brake feel was decidedly and strong – a laughable contrast to the wet brakes in my Mk2 Golf GTI…

back to the lay-by, I was equally as I was warmed by the W108. I won’t that I love the Mercedes-Benz The three-pointed star has been a part of my life as I spent a deal of time in the W126, and W220. What’s heartening to is that there is a definite running through all of them, and is the stalwart S-Class feeling you simply don’t get riding in a BMW or Audi A8. In the W108, I discovered it came from and as I’ve good provenance is telling.

Is this a  perfect steer . that classic cars in attract only 10% of COE and that are relatively more affordable I’d love to have a W108 in my Actually, I’d definitely have a Mercedes in mine at some in my life, whether it is the W108 or else. You don’t need a car to enjoy motoring. You just a car that does what it is to do well. And the W108, well, it is a perfectsteer .

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Mercedes-Benz W108
Mercedes-Benz W108

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