Wednesday, September 16, 2009

1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE

A friend recently told me that I use the word "cool" too often. I can't help it here... This is a cool old Mercedes.

The W111 Mercedes-Benz Coupe was introduced in 1961. It was designed by French automotive designer, Paul Bracq. The car was quickly given the nickname "Fintail" because of the small US style fins on the back.

The Fintail models were pioneers of the automotive safety feature of crumple zones. The idea for crumple zones came from Bela Barenyi who worked as an engineer for Mercedes-Benz.

Originally coming with a 2.2 liter 6 cyl. engine and called the 220SE, in 1965 Mercedes-Benz put the 2.5 liter 6 in it and the car became known as the 250SE.
The 2.5 engine, with 7 main bearings, is considered to be a bulletproof engine.

There weren't many 250SEs made. Just 5,259 examples were turned out before it was replaced by the 280SE in late 1967. The cars are said to be very well built and posses very good handling and braking characteristics.

There are few details about the car being listed on eBay. It has just under 82,000 miles on it. The seller states that it's in good condition, with the exception of some rust on the rear bumper and the seats needing restitching. It is most likely an original car or an older restoration.

Now that I think about it, my friend might be right in this case; the word "cool" is not right for this car. "Classy", "stately" and "elegant" might be better terms. This car is "elegantly cool"

Located in Westfield, MA, click here to see the eBay listing for this car. (I lived in Westfield, MA until a few years ago and remember seeing this car driving around once in awhile.)

Click here to see a really good write up and history of the Mercedes w111 Coupes.

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