Mercedes-Benz 250SE

EN­GINE 2497cc/6-cyl/OHC POWER 148bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 159lb ft@4200rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 115mph 0-60MPH 12sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 18-22mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOMETER 25,301 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nathan Chad­wick

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This 250 SE starts straight off the turn of the key. The en­gine is beau­ti­fully re­fined with no de­vi­a­tion or hes­i­ta­tion, and you’ll love with the way it pulls through the gears. The steer­ing, though cus­tom­ar­ily feath­erlight and re­laxed, feels as it should – there are no dead points. The brakes bring the Benz to a halt in a quick yet pre­dictable man­ner and there’s no tram­lin­ing. The car drives like it’s been pre­pared and looked af­ter supremely well.

BODY­WORK CHECK

It’s not ex­actly sub­tle, so it’s good to know that once you’ve nabbed ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion that the body­work passes scru­tiny. All the pan­els are as they should be, and the shut­lines are as they were crafted all those years ago. The chrome­work is in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion, with no ‘mist­ing’ or pit­ting any­where. There are no signs of cor­ro­sion in the whee­larches or sills and all the win­dow rub­bers ap­pear to be in good or­der. The four matched tyres all have good tread and the hub­caps are free from scratches or dents.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

If the ex­te­rior wasn’t eye pop­ping enough, then the bright red MB-Tex/cloth in­te­rior will cer­tainly gar­ner at­ten­tion. Again, you won’t be left em­bar­rassed by the peer­ing gaze of on­look­ers – the in­te­rior is ab­so­lutely ex­quis­ite. The seats look hardly used, and there are no loose threads, bro­ken springs or tears to the fab­ric. All the di­als work, and the heater sys­tem func­tions well. The wood is in good or­der, with no scratches or cracks. The rear seats are in equally good con­di­tion, and the head­lin­ing is top notch. There are a few cracks to the white steer­ing wheel but the rim still feels beau­ti­fully smooth to the touch. It does, how­ever, get a black mark for hav­ing a dash­board em­blem held on with Blu-Tack.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Pop­ping that long bon­net re­veals an en­gine bay in good over­all con­di­tion. This is a car that has been used, but it’s re­ceived dot­ing care, too. All the flu­ids are up to their cor­rect marks and none es­caped dur­ing our test. The ven­dor has sold this car be­fore so its his­tory is well known, and it comes with a vast pa­per­work file. The en­gine was re­built 6000 miles ago, and though the odometer reads 25,000 miles the speedo was changed from kilo­me­tres to miles in 2000; it’s an ex-South Africa car.

THE CCW VIEW

What­ever you plan to do with this car, you’ll find that it is more than ready for the task. For sim­ply pot­ter­ing from show to show this is a re­fined, beau­ti­fully pre­sented cruiser. If you’d like to use it for longdis­tance tour­ing ral­lies – as it has been be­fore – then this is per­fect – it’s com­fort­able and re­li­able enough to do it. It’s a car well worth check­ing out.

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