Lot 34

1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Cabriolet

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Estimate

$250,000 - $300,000

Chassis

111.023.10.086505

Engine

129.980.10.008542

Car Highlights

A Stunning and Near Totally Original Example with Manual Floor-Shift Gearbox

An Incredible Time-Warp Mercedes-Benz with Fascinating Details Throughout

Formerly Part of the Renowned Dr. L. Philip Lutfy Collection

Driven Just Under 31,000 Miles with Documented History Since New

Complete with Five-Piece Fitted Hepco Luggage Set, Brochures, Manuals, and Unopened Original Tool Roll

Technical Specs

2,496 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection

170 BHP at 5,600 RPM

4-Speed Manual Gearbox

4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs

Rear Swing-Axle Suspension with Coil Springs

The successful W111 line from Mercedes-Benz received numerous upgrades for the 1965 model year; of particular note was the increase in displacement to 2.5 liters. The remarkable example presented here is one of just 954 cabriolet variants completed for the worldwide market and is clearly among the best preserved of all extant.

Sold new via the Mercedes-Benz European Delivery Program in mid-1966, the 250 SE was imported later that year and resided at the original owner’s San Francisco home in the exclusive Ashbury Heights neighborhood; it remained in his care for the next 31 years. During the 250 SE’s time in the collection of noted enthusiast Dr. L. Philip Lutfy of Arizona, it was awarded the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s Silver Star Certificate for originality, and was subsequently acquired by the consignor, a marque expert. Indeed, according to the consignor, the Cabriolet retains its irreplaceable, original black Roser hides, zebrano wood, and a majority of its White (DB 50) paint.

Closer inspection reveals a beautifully preserved engine bay with original finishes and assembly markings. The trunk contains the original spare wheel, jack, and a rare set of Hepco fitted luggage, and the tool roll remains in its unopened original plastic bag. Rarely seen fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox, this 250 SE offers spirited driving dynamics, timeless styling, and the rarified feeling of an original automobile that has been looked after by doting owners since new.

*Please note that this vehicle is titled as 086505250SE.

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