Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Yellow Submarine: 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250S W108

For better or worse the Mercedes-Benz W108 is on DT's short list of good classic sedans to own and drive.  Most W108s are somewhere between minty clean museum pieces and mouse eaten piles of garbage -- but today we've got an example of a decent driver for a nice price.  Find this 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250S W108 offered for $5,999 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.

With a nicely revving 150 horsepower inline-6 under the hood, the 250S should be fast enough to keep up with traffic, but not particularly fast. But this is a great car for a leisurely Sunday morning drive.

The interior is a nice deep shade of brown, and it seems mostly in place, but it would have been really nice to see a manual gearbox shifter.

See another classic piece of German iron?


  1. Very nice looking, and attainably priced. The six is a bonus for sure. For whatever reason, this is one of the only Mercedes series that appeal to me.

    On a side note, I saw the film "Hidden Figures" yesterday. It is set at NASA at the time of the early Mercury missions (1961-62). Of course my gearhead mind was scrutinizing all the cars in the outdoor and parking lot scenes (many). I was jarred when a Mercedes W108 appeared quite prominently in one shot. According to Wiki, the model was introduced in 1965. Oooops! Do I get a prize?

    1. I pointed that car out to my wife as wel. She'd already slapped me during the opening scene when I said "Wow, that Trooper must be from the future as he's driving a '64 Ford in 1961!" Lots of bad car stuff in that movie, I was in full Cliff Claven mode for commenting that it was a real distraction seeing all of those 'future' cars. From what I could tell, the Mercury 7 crew showed upon for the first time a couple of weeks before Shepherd's sub-orbital flight. Don't know how much they were rent they were paying for those cars but that one Ford showed up almost as frequently as the VW bug in the Bullitt chase scene.

    2. @hunsblogger - I didn't spot the cop car! I am surprised that a big production like that would not have sweated the details. I can forgive them about the parking lots (sooooo many cars) but the cop car should have been done right.

    3. p.s. at least I knew to keep my mouth shut during the movie. Mrs. Bobinott would not have been amused....

    4. Looks like IMDB is way ahead of us on picking up car mistakes (among others):


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