Mercedes W108 280SE 1968

Mercedes W108 280SE 1968

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PGNSagaris

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2,146 posts

112 months

Wednesday 10th April
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Sunday evening a few weeks ago and I was thinking about an interesting family car that we could all enjoy. Nothing in my fleet really works in that department and having fixed buckets in the 911 means getting in the back is a mission of trampled feet on alcantara and much angst from me. Aside from that, my wife does not enjoy the ride of that car either and she is right. It's heavily track biased KW3's don't marry up with the st roads and humps London offers up.

It also needed to be a car that would not be affected by the new ULEZ rules as we live in central London and drive around on weekends and across London regularly. I looked at a fabulous Bentley T2 but my wife thought it over the top and a bit try hard. Normally I'd not pay attention to such sentiments but for this car, I really wanted to involve her this time round. So I asked to find something she would be happy with and the next day she sent me this.

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Boom. I'm in. Organised a viewing and test drive the next day. It is a W108 auto, with 106k miles and to these eyes, a fabulous colour.

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It was majestic. My god the ride is just so boat-like it's hilarious. Reminded me a lot of my old R107 but turned up a wafty notch. The brakes though were fantastic and overall we loved it so we placed a deposit subject to a PPI and the wait commenced. Predictably for a car that is 51 years old, there are some issues that need addressing but nothing terrible thankfully.

So, all agreed with the seller and I collected it last Saturday with a fresh MOT (not legally required but worth doing) and service. I then drove straight over to Edward Hall Mercedes where the car will be totally fixed up ready for us to enjoy when we return from holidays mid April.














Off topic but one of the main reasons why I opted to sell my R129 SL600 was the inability to fit three point belts in the rear and have enough space to fit the two kids comfortably. Also, whilst a 6 litre V12 is always cool, I just felt the R129 wasn't quite a classic yet and didn't make me pine to drive it. So it went. But the itch for a classic remained.

This however had me smiling as hard as collecting my first TVR. Ok, the engine is under powered, the gearchange ponderous, it's woefully high geared and yet none of that matters. It just makes you so extremely happy and content driving it -that is why I am sure I will spend far too much time and money on this car than would ever make sense. And the added bonus is that my wife loves it and her emotional investment just adds to the experience.

Will update on the work being done when I collect. Also, if anyone can point me in the direction of a good user manual, that would be much appreciated. I have seen PDF type ones on Ebay would rather have an actual old school manual.

Thanks for reading.
PGN

ilovequo

724 posts

127 months

Wednesday 10th April
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She’s a keeper... (you’re wife)

r129sl

8,078 posts

149 months

Wednesday 10th April
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This is a great family car. I have often thought of one for our brood. They are achingly cool and very rarely seen, yet have none of the slightly pejorative over-tones that go with a Shadow/T2.

CharlesdeGaulle

10,817 posts

126 months

Wednesday 10th April
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That is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Very classy. (And your wife sounds a decent sort too.)

TR4man

3,421 posts

120 months

Wednesday 10th April
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So lovely, so classy yet not "in your face".

Please keep us updated on the ownership experience.

Mark-s3jdd

97 posts

33 months

Wednesday 10th April
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I absolutely love it. What a car. So classy, timeless and totally a keeper.

tobinen

5,426 posts

91 months

Thursday 11th April
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Nice car mister.

PGNSagaris

Original Poster:

2,146 posts

112 months

Thursday 11th April
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Thank you everyone. Yes, wife is definitely a keeper and hopefully the car too. Was speaking to my old man and turns out he owned an identical one in his 20’s, but in brown!

My only advice when buying a car this age is to have a PPI done because although they can look mega at first glance, a trained eye will spot a shi tbox very quickly.

It might seem obvious but I didn’t with my R129 and had an eye watering bill almost immediately for looms, starter motor, suspension parts etc.


Nuisance

3,479 posts

121 months

Thursday 11th April
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Good grief that's a lovely thing. What a stunner.

The Dictator

1,036 posts

86 months

Thursday 11th April
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B E A Utiful.

I went through the same thought process almost 5 years ago. I wanted something cool, something that we could all go out in as a family.

I didn't want anything flash, I didn't need it to be terribly fast. I just wanted something that gave us pleasure and would receive universal approval from other road users.

I ended up with a 1981 Mercedes 500 SEL in black, which became known as The Dictator within a few days of ownership :-) I even added flags to the bonnet to perpetuate the myth, then when I managed to find some original unused East German diplomatic car flags on eBay it really made my day.

I reckon at least 50% of journeys undertaken in him result in some sort of positive reaction from someone, whether it be a small child pointing and waving, a comment in the petrol station or someone pacing me on the dual carriageway and giving a big thumbs up whilst grinning ear to ear.

I get it :-)

Paul S4

868 posts

156 months

Thursday 11th April
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Great car, from a time when Mercs looked really special and so cool. If it were mine...I would remove the rectangular fogs....as it spoils the overall image.

Looking forward to the pics and the journey !


ian316

940 posts

51 months

Thursday 11th April
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Stunning car, love it

fastgerman

1,636 posts

141 months

Friday 12th April
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Beautiful car!

The saloon version of the Hangover car - the cabriolet seems to be pushing over £100k now! Hold on to this one :-)

Mr Tidy

9,333 posts

73 months

Friday 12th April
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That looks fantastic! thumbup

From the days when Mercedes built cars properly!

yozzer

59 posts

148 months

Friday 12th April
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Stunning car!

0a

21,483 posts

140 months

Friday 12th April
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What a beautiful car!

T-195

1,368 posts

7 months

Friday 12th April
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Stunning car OP.

Hereward

2,336 posts

176 months

Saturday 13th April
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This car is "Beyond Cool". Enjoy.

leglessAlex

3,218 posts

87 months

Saturday 13th April
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What a wonderful machine!

These are ULEZ exempt? Very, very interesting. What sort of budget did you have for something like this? It seems to be a bit of a minefield out there with prices.

RC1807

8,495 posts

114 months

Saturday 13th April
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A thing of beauty, and your wife has impeccable taste in cars, sir! cloud9