Autobahn Beluga: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280S 4-Speed W108

The W108 generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been on the DT top ten list for as long as I can remember…well at least since 2013 when we published a W108 market watch article. Today’s example is equipped in a cool vintage shade of white, and it has the super-fun 4-speed manual gearbox option. Find this 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280S 4-Speed offered for $12,900 in Ridgefield, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

From the seller:

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280S
condition: good
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 35688
odometer rolled over
paint color: white
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: sedan


This 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280S 4-Speed is a collector’s dream. A European-delivered car, it has unique features such as a 4-speed floor shifter and original cloth seat inserts. Owned by only 2 families in its 53 year history, it has been well cared for. Since 2016, the current owner has maintained regular service and completed the following repairs: replaced body mounts for front shocks, replaced clutch master and slave cylinders, replaced points, replaced rotors, replaced rear shocks and springs, replaced fuel pump, and replaced upper control arm bushings. It runs and drives great, and has a working air conditioner. Like any vintage car, there are a few imperfections. There are scratches on each of the front doors and chip marks on the front of the car from rocks over the years. The driver side rear quarter panel has some peeling paint where a previous body repair needs some attention. Sheep skin covers have been placed on the seats to protect the cloth inserts, which are showing wear. Lastly, the heater controls need to be replaced. The heater control parts have been purchased and are included in the sale. Also included in the sale are a number of original pieces of literature (see photos). Service records are available dating back to 1991. Please reach out if you are interested; only serious inquiries please.

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