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Mercedes 250 SE
250 SE Mercedes’ are vehicles that tend to be underappreciated. What people should realize is that 250 SE cars presented drivers with supreme reliability, timeless style, and excellent part availability.
Paul Bracq designed the 250 SE, which would then debut at the 1965 Frankfurt auto show as a successor to W112/W113 vehicles. The 250 SE, 250 S, and 300 SE all share a body while the W108 label refers to the steel-sprung 250s.
Underneath the hood, W108’s share a decent amount of design with the 220 series it replaced. The 2.5-liter, OHC inline-six, was developed from the 2.2-liter aggregations through reboring them and increasing the stroke of the piston. A bump in compression, larger valves, and improved airflow didn’t hurt either. 150 hp was created at 9.3:1 compression in the Bosch fuel-injected M 129 engine of the 250 SE.
With bulletproof seven main-bearing cranks, a double roller timing chain, and 2,496 ccs, 250 SE engines were well equipped. Fuel-injected SE models contained an uprated, 55 Ah battery.
250 S and 250 SE models are virtually identical in their construction containing steel unit-bodies with integral floors that add up to a 3,263-pound curb weight for the SE. Commuters had a great time with the 250 SE as the car provided an excellent highway ride.
Availability of the 250 SE model in the US varied by year. Drivers of the 250 S appreciated the enhanced safety features. While ABS and airbags hadn’t yet made an appearance, extensive crash-testing and safety engineering had the 250 SE holding its own against a giant SUV, if needed.
Four-speed SE automatic vehicles could go from 0-62 mph in 11.8 seconds. Not bad for a large sedan.
250 SE Technical Specs
Suspension underneath 250 SE models contained double wishbones, coil springs, shocks, torsion bar stabilizer in the front, and a swing axle located in the back.
Single pivot on the passenger side of the differential allows each wheel to travel through an arc with the longest possible radius. As a result of the single pivot, tuck-in is minimized during abrupt transitions.
One impressive design element of the 250 SE is the modern and dependable all-disc, dual-hydraulic circuit brake system. Manual recalculating ball steering proved to be standard with optional servo assist.
Fourteen-inch steel wheels were standard with 7.75 H14 or 195 H14 tires. Most people who owned 250 SE cars put on larger tires when they had the opportunity.
250 SE Interior
250 SE interior appears elegant and serves as functional. SE models contained wood inlay fascia for vertical dash surfaces. Padded wheels, in addition to a lack of sharp edges around controls, was a desired feature for 250 SE cars.
Ventilation consisted of rear vents and cabin air exhaust from the base of the rear windscreen.
250 SE Conclusion
Beautifully crafted is an applicable phrase when it comes to describing the 250 SE. Mercedes continued their tradition of creating gorgeous, full-size luxury sedans with the 250 SE. With success in West Germany, production led to 250 SE models being manufactured in North America as well.
During the entire 7-year SE run, 383,361 cars were manufactured.
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