Mercedes-Benz is renowned for imbuing luxury and elegance in their automobiles for decades. The Sixties saw them introduce the W108 and W109 models. With a production cycle of seven years, they produced over 380,000 of the cars. Our subject vehicle is one of these, a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280S with 88,000 original miles on the clock is up for sale and comes from sunny California.
This reportedly all-original 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280S is bedecked in a luxurious and soothing cream color with a complimentary brown interior. Like any aristocrat, the 280S wears a set of OEM Mercedes-Benz wheels with body colored hub caps and draped in a set of white walled tires. Regarded by many as an iconic car, the W108 and W109 exuded elegance and offered reliability for every penny, or cent spent. The front of the car features a dual vertical light with the traditional Mercedes upright grill is instantly recognizable. Compared to its predecessor the 280S loses the “fin tails” for rounded corners and smooth lines. The interior features leather seats in brown with seatbelts and magnificent wood trim. The rear-view mirror holds a pair of fuzzy dice reportedly from 1969. Power windows are also in functioning condition. Behind the massive but elegant steering wheel sits the temperature, fuel gauge and oil in one cluster, whilst the other cluster features the speedometer and a middle smaller one housing the analog clock. The center dash features the 280S logo along with the defrost control and the air conditioner controls. The glove compartment still bears the Mercedes-Benz roadside assistance sticker.
The 280S is not only about the looks, but it was also available with an in-line six or V8 engine. This 280S, is powered by the 2.8L I6 which produced 138 hp of power with a top speed of 115 mph whilst mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission which powers the rear wheels. The engine is fed by dual carburetors. Ensuring a smooth ride are double wishbones, coil springs and a torsion bar stabilizer at the front. A unique feature of the 280S during its time is the hydro-pneumatic compensation spring located above the rear axle, which automatically adjusted the cars level based on the weight and speed.
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