The Paul Bracq styled W108 generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class continues to be one of the better ways to get into a vintage sedan for a semi-daily driver. The performance is acceptable, ride is comfortable, build quality is exemplary, but most importantly — drive one and you’ll look like a boss. Find this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 W108 offered for $5,900 in Venice, CA via craigslist.
The seller’s listing isn’t very detailed, but the asking price is very reasonable, if not downright suspicious. If the car really has zero rust and has been serviced by a trusted mechanic, then I suppose you could pick this up, drive it for a year and easily sell for the same amount. A guy named Tom maintains a website about the W108/109 that has a pretty decent buyer’s guide — see it here.
This W108 is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 that puts out 160 hp and 180
torque but can cost quite a few Deutschmark to fix when something goes
wrong…and something will always go wrong with a 40+ year old luxury
car. The W108 was built to a high level of engineering standards and is
a fine piece of machinery that drives like a car 20 years
younger…but…some thingamajig will break and cost you thousands if
you go to a Benz repair shop. The smart DIY mechanic will just dive
in and fix things with his own tools.
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