Elegant Survivor: 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe


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This Mercedes is the nicest Mercedes survivor from the ’60s I have ever seen. It only has about 89,000 miles on it and it is a rare sunroof car. The woodwork and chrome are in amazing condition and the paint is original. The interior could use some cleaning. It had been covered up and stored in a climate controled warehouse by the second owner for 15 years. The current owners have had it 3 years and have redone everything necessary to get it running well again. They had the fuel injection rebuilt and the brake system redone except for the booster. It is rust free except for a front bumper bracket. Perhaps the battery boiled over when the battery overcharged. Pictures show it to be rust free underneath. What this car needs is a new brake booster, the bumber bracket fixed, the interior cleaned and the paint compounded and polished. That’s a pretty short list. Bidding has just opened here on eBay and is bid up to just over $5k. How much do you think the final bid will be? I’m glad I live so far from Saint Louis where this Mercedes is, or I’d be going to get it!

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  1. Brad

    I’d revisit your statement about photos showing it as rust-free… looks like several spots on the frame have been eaten completely through, and given what I now know after buying two 50s rust buckets, it ain’t cheap to fix, either. : (

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    • Olaf E

      “but has a few surface rust spots (see pics)…..” Well, I did and agree with you, Brad.

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      • Jason


        Brian was addressing the poster (David) of this BarnFinds post.

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    • David Frank DavidAuthor

      Did you see something besides the place by the horn probably eaten by battery acid? That’s a sheet metal piece and a pretty easy fix. (The pictures of the holes are taken looking forward) You can see it in the fourth picture looking down from above. I just took a look at mine to confirm that. I dont see any pictures of the frame in the pictures.

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      • Brad

        David, 5th and 6th photos from the end just look pretty rough to my eye, but I have no M-B knowledge, so I’m deferring to you. I do take heart that it looks pretty localized, rather than systemic to the entire undercarriage.

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  2. Peter

    It’s “elegant” not “eligant”

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    • Jason

      I don’t normally correct forum posts, but yeah, that one bugged me!

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    • JoshStaff

      Thanks for catching that Peter! I don’t know how I missed that. It’s been fixed!

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  3. Wayne

    “Correct date coded wheels”? That’s strange, they look to be two different types to me, The ones with the holes are the correct ones. I’d hate to see what a large amount of rust would look like, if the seller says there is a small amount of rust ” easy fix”. As a rule of thumb, what you can see, multiply by three.

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