5k: Clutch Player: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250S W108, Rare 4-spd

The Mercedes-Benz 250S was an early base model of the S-Class W108 chassis.  Many we built between 1965 and 1969, but few were equipped with the 4-speed manual transmission – making this car one rare piece of unicorn steak.  Fire up the BBQ and take a look at this 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250S W108 4-spd for sale in San Diego, CA for a basement price of $2500 via craigslist.

DT W108 historian Hunsbloger is always on the prowl for shifter-on-the-tree W108 classics and would have picked this one up if his driveway wasn’t wall-to-wall stuffed with wagons, but this looks to be one of the better deals to have appeared recently for an original owner W108.  

It is powered by a carburetor fed 2.5 liter M108 inline-6 that only makes 130 horsepower, but the manual transmission means it likely keeps up with the later 2.8 liter i-6 and 3.5 liter V8s when equipped with the slushbox. 

You won’t be particularly fast when you first try to learn the intricacies of a column mounted manual transmission, but once you figure it out, you will understand why rally drivers back in the day preferred to use column shifters to keep their hands closer to the wheel…or so we’ve heard from column shifting Kool-Aid salesmen.

The only thing to be concerned about this car is the total level of rust (not just the fender seams mentioned by the seller) and the condition of the paint.  If that is the original Mercedes lacquer paint that just needs a good buffing this could be the score of the decade…but if it is an older Earl Scheib job then the cost reflects likely market rate.

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