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This eye-catching Mercedes 250 CE is an icon of 1960s German design

The W114 coupe was built to run and run and run.

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IF I HAD the money I’d buy…

A classic pillarless coupe with beautiful proportions and an elegant style that never gets old. A car that was immediately successful on launch and a motoring icon today.

Why a 250 CE?

The 250 CE was the first car that Mercedes engineered in the post-war period. It was first introduced in 1968 and came from the desk of designer Paul Bracq, who also designed the BMW 6 Series and the famous BMW ‘Turbo’ concept. It is widely regarded as the ancestor of the modern E-Class, has bomb-proof build quality, and is considered to be one of the most reliable cars ever made. The coupe variant was introduced in 1969.

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The 250 CE is distinguished from other models by its double front bumper and its Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection system – the first time Mercedes-Benz used a fully-electronic fuel injection system in a production car.

What’s special about this particular one?

Just look at it! It is in great condition and wears its retro Horizon Blue coat with pride. The interior is extremely well-kept and is finished in a cool dark blue MB-Tex material. MB-Tex is a vinyl material developed by Mercedes-Benz, which is durable and easier to clean than leather. There are also new matching carpets and all switches, dials and buttons are in working order.

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This car is powered by a M 114 920 6-cylinder 2496cc engine mated to an automatic gearbox. A full stainless steel exhaust has recently been fitted and really gives this straight six a beautiful burble.

This classic Mercedes-Benz coupe has a really sporty elegance to it and gets better looking with age.

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What does it look like in action?

Well, here’s a treat. Check out this beautifully shot video of a 1973 Mercedes W114 250 CE Automatic set to Tony’s Theme and dialogue from Scarface, in German.

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Who else drives one?

Arguably the coolest footballer of all time, Pele drove a four-cylinder version at the height of his fame in 1970.

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It costs €17,950. What else could you get for the money?

For the same money, you could have this very cute and well maintained 1978 VW campervan.

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… or this 2017 Honda CBR 1000 Fireblade SP motorbike.

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About the author:

Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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