Classy, but not flashy. That’s what Mercedes-Benz brings to the world of premium cars. The German automobile giant is known for its luxury cars, buses, coaches, and trucks. Mercedes-Benz was the biggest selling premium vehicle brand in the world in 2018, with 2.31 million passenger cars sold. The company has almost a century of history in providing luxury vehicles, including notables like the SSK roadster, the 260 D, 300SL, and SLS AMG to name a few.
The tailfin era in the 50’s and 60’s dominated the automobile industry, starting from the US and spreading worldwide. The 1948 Cadillac was at the pioneer of this trend. Other brands like Chevrolet, Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, Ford, Lincoln, Vauxhall, and more jumping on the bandwagon. The most extreme tailfins were in the late 50’s, such as on the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado and the 1959 Chevrolet Impala. Staying true to its less flashy designs, Mercedes-Benz produced their W110, W111, and W112 series of sedans in 1959, which housed modest tailfins. But as the era came to a close as tailfins became safety hazards, vehicle designs took a turn, leading to the 250 series.
The significance of the 250 series for Mercedes-Benz designs
Mercedes-Benz’s 250 series replaced the 220 and 230 six-cylinder models, previously seen in their “Fintail” cars. The 250 series had a more subdued design. It featured a leatherette interior, durable construction, and pretty good performance, making it the company’s more sensible sedan. The 250S and 250SE sedans had 2.5-liter 7-main bearing, 128-hp, six-cylinder engines until they were updated in 1968 by the 2.8-liter engine with 180hp.
Wear and tear, but significant improvements
This 1966 250S was purchased from a private Mercedes-Benz specialist in 2010. It was previously sold new in California with reportedly 70k on the odometer. The car has been driven approximately for 40k miles since then. The black exterior of the 250S sports an older repaint and the interior has been updated significantly. Open the doors and find a sleek red interior that’s cool and classy, but with some wear and separation at the seams. The car features a new carpet, headliner, and door panels from GAHH in North Hollywood. There’s a new upper dash-pad and refinished wooden dash fascia by Madera Concepts. A factory air-conditioning setup was partially installed, but would need new hoses and a recharge to work. New window channel felts and new door and trunk seals were also installed.
The car does show its fair share of wear and tear on the exterior as well. There’s some oxidation in the finish of the trunk and hood, scratches on the passenger side rear fender from a parking lot incident, and light damage on the hood. The 250S is powered up by a M129 2.5-liter inline-six engine with dual Weber 32/36 carburetors over the original Zeniths. There’s a Pertronix Ignition unit installed in place of the original system and a 4-speed manual gearbox. Routine maintenance has been performed, including a clutch replacement and new shocks as well as a tune-up in February. There aren’t too many records available from the previous owners aside from some oil change stickers on the door jamb from the 90’s. The seller used Mercedes-Benz Classic part wherever possible. The car also included service records from the past seven years along with a clean California title. Learn More