Offered for sale is an absolutely gorgeous, mechanically excellent, entirely solid 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Sunroof Coupe finished in perpetually tasteful Grey Blue Metallic (DB 906) over a complimentary light blue leather interior. Heckflosse (fin tail) W111 coupes are one of the most timelessly elegant cars that Mercedes ever produced, and in our opinion they’re also one of the most undervalued investment grade cars on the market today, as their convertible and eight cylinder kin continue to break sale records at nearly every collector car auction in the annual circuit. It’s only a matter of time before the market catches up to the six cylinder W111s, making them excellent investments that are modern enough mechanically to truly drive and enjoy.
We purchased the car from its long-time second owner, a Mercedes enthusiast who had the car cosmetically and mechanically restored some ten years ago, including a rebuilt engine, bare-metal repaint, new chrome, completely reupholstered interior (in leather) and refinishing of the wood dash inlays. Since completion he’s used the car consistently as a weekend cruiser, taking tours with his wife up and down the Florida coast, where they kept the car at their vacation home. Their regular enjoyment of the car precipitated meticulous mechanical service, and the car is fully functional, including the dealer installed period Kuhlmeister air conditioning and rare, optional power sunroof.
The gorgeous Blue Grey Metallic finish has held up beautifully, marred only by the most negligible of imperfections, none of which are significant enough to appear in any of the pictures. The body is entirely straight with consistent and correct panel fits and gaps and the chrome is in great shape throughout. The car retains its correct date coded wheels and color matched hubs, wrapped in nearly new tires. The car’s interior is equally as clean, the seats, carpets and interior panels all virtually flawless following reupholstery. The wood was also refinished at that time and it is still beautiful, inlaid in a dash that houses fully functional gauges and an original, functional Becker radio. The headliner is in excellent shape, rounding out a truly tasteful and well-executed interior. The car’s undercarriage is solid and largely original, having undergone minimal rust-repair at the time of restoration. Garaged since, the professional repairs to the original pans have stopped the corrosion and the car is entirely sound.
The car is in fantastic shape mechanically, the numbers matching engine firing up easily, idling consistently and pulling strongly and smoothly through each of the gears. Compression is even and excellent across all cylinders and ride quality is fantastic. The brakes and suspension behave as they should, and the car is joy to drive, whether tooling through town or bombing down the highway. This is the first era of Mercedes’ classic cars that are adequately powered and advanced enough that they can be comfortably and reliably driven in modern highway conditions, and we wouldn’t hesitate to drive this car anywhere.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an appreciating classic that has all the right things going for it: absolutely beautiful livery, gorgeous cosmetics, strong, numbers matching engine and mechanicals, rare optional sunroof and dealer installed AC and entirely solid. It’s sure not to disappoint its next owner, whether it be a seasoned collector or weekend enthusiast.