Bracq Friday: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4.5

The Paul Bracq styled W108 generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class is 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 king.  This next example isn’t the most preserved or minty clean W108, but the price is nice.  Find this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4.5 offered for $2,200 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.

Mercedes-Benz was able to sell a staggering number of these q-ship S-Class cruisers from 1965 though 1973 — which was 364,699 if you believe the figures published on the interwebs.  The stout lines of this example have been slightly adjusted by the ravages of time, but if you’ve got the skills (or known someone with the skills) this car is offered as a mechanically perfect example that just needs some cosmetic attention.

See a better car for around two grand?