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Sold for: £67,500
Introduced in 1959, the Mercedes-Benz W111 chassis remained in production until 1971 and was manufactured in parallel with a number of other designs including the W108. Cabriolets were available in three engine sizes from '61 until '71 with the 250SE Cabriolet being sold from late 1965 until the end of 1967. Powered by a 2.5-litre straight six, the 250SE was fitted with Bosch fuel injection and produced nearly 150bhp, whilst married to a 4-speed automatic transmission, giving it a top speed of around 118mph. Aimed squarely at those discerning customers who enjoyed the occasional wind in the hair driving experience, but needed 4 seats and a little luxury, the stylish 250SE Cabriolet was the car of choice. Offered here is an original 1966, right-hand drive, 250SE Cabriolet from new, supplied to Assa Yazbeck & Sons Ltd of Freetown, Sierra Leone. This well-travelled car also spent some time in South Africa before finding its way to Northern Ireland under the ownership of a Mr John Rogers of County Down and then into the hands of a Mr Rumbles in London prior to being purchased by our vendor in 2009. Upon purchase, he decided this beautiful cabriolet deserved a full restoration, and sent the car to well-known Mercedes-Benz specialists Colin Ferns Ltd. who spent the next two years carefully going through it, and his professional standards and attention to detail are obvious for all to see. The car was resprayed in Mercedes-Benz Blau 940 and the interior trimmed in a light red leather by Matthew Turton at coach trimmers Strong & Turton Ltd. All brightwork was re-chromed, both inside and out, ensuring the car sparkles and the hood was replaced with a new Mercedes-Benz original part. Bills contained in the history file from Colin Ferns total more than £20,000. Our vendor planned to use the car on continental trips to Italy, and during restoration carried out a number of sensible modifications such as fitting Xenon headlights, four inertia retractable seat belts, electronic ignition and even an iPod jack in the fully working, period Becker radio. Always stored in a Carcoon Veloce inside a garage, this car has patently been well-loved in the hands of our vendor as further receipts from local specialists lay testament. Supplied with a UK V5c, an MoT until 9th June 2016, the owner's handbook and a bespoke dustcover, this car offers the chance to acquire a beautifully restored car with all the hard work having been done. In a market where 280SE 3.5 Cabriolets are now commanding premium prices, this elegant car should not be overlooked.