1966 Mercedes Benz 250 SEc Cabriolet
Chassis no. 111.023-12-083391
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
150bhp at 5,200rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes*Delivered new to California
*Original owner maintained for over 30 years
*Classy convertible for afternoon drives
*Smart and useful Mercedes-Benz in timeless design
*Attractive color schemeTHE MERCEDES-BENZ 250SEFirst shown at Frankfurt in 1965, the new S-Class Mercedes-Benz range was outwardly distinguishable from preceding models by a sleeker bodyshell with lower roof and waistlines, and increased glass area. All models featured similar all-independent suspension, as well as four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted steering. However, although the saloon used this ‘New Generation’ bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the timelessly elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1960 on the 220SEb. This new 220 family had moved Mercedes-Benz’s styling into the modern era; longer than their predecessors, these elegant newcomers featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, enlarged rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps, all of which were carried over to the 250SE Coupé and Cabriolet. As befitted top-of-the-range luxury models, the duo came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric windows and stereo radio as standard.The 250SE employed a fuel-injected version of Mercedes-Benz’s new, overhead-camshaft, seven-bearing ‘six’ displacing 2,496cc and developing 150bhp at 5,600rpm. There was a choice of four-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while the rear suspension featured Mercedes-Benz’s hydro-pneumatic compensating spring. Thus equipped, the 250SE was good for 120mph, with 60mph reachable in 12 seconds, a substantial improvement on the superseded 220SE’s figures. When the 280SE 3.5 ceased production in 1971, its passing marked the end of this long-established body style. Today all examples of these classic Coupés and Cabriolets are highly sought after.This particular Mercedes-Benz 250SE was delivered new to its first owner in California. It would remain in this ownership until a few years ago when it was traded by the owner for a New MaybackIt was acquired recently by the consigner and has since been put through a full service and inspection by a Mercedes-Benz mechanic. The car appears to be in very solid order and looks to be very much undisturbed. The repaint was done a number of years ago is very presentable. The brightwork appears to be original and shows the usual signs of age and wear. The upholstery is believed to be original and shows well.
Mercedes-Benz convertibles of this era are wonderful cars. They are characterized by their exemplary build quality. Their independent suspensions give them wonderful road manners, and fuel injection gives them great drivability. This hand built Mercedes is surely a great car for a collection or as a wonderful driver for the enthusiast.