Still the best, 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250C

The Mercedes coupe is low-mileage and well-preserved

The current Mercedes-Benz company tagline is “The Best or Nothing,” and that statement perfectly sums up the W114 and W115 chassis Mercedes sedans and coupes introduced in 1968.

These cars were a new style penned by legendary designer Paul Bracq for Mercedes and were a big part of what created the idea of Mercedes quality and workmanship in the United States.

The coupe has a gorgeous profile

I have owned a W114, and the quality of these cars has to be experienced to be believed. They have a vault-like feel, and in their fit and finish are unequaled by almost any other manufacturer. In many ways, it was a superior car to my 1994 Bentley, and that is saying quite a lot.

The Pick of the Day is my all-time favorite model, a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250C located in Pompano Beach, Florida.

This 250C is a original car with only 37,767 miles on the odometer, according to the private seller advertising the Benz on, and happily, it is equipped with AC. The seller states that the car has always been garaged, has zero rust and has had two owners from new. Recent servicing includes new brakes and tires.

The leather seats look unworn

The car has a modern aftermarket radio but includes its original Becker radio, the seller notes. The car also has its original toolkit, a rare major plus.

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These cars are among the best deals available for classic European touring cars, and earlier Mercedes coupes are now trading for more than $60,000. The 250C is quite rare with only 8,624 total examples built from 1969 until 1973.

The straight-six engine is very durable

Being Mercedes, these cars are not only great classics but epically reliable. Parts availability is excellent, with virtually everything available from Mercedes. There is also an understated elegance about these coupes that seems to say that the owner is someone who appreciates the very best but doesn’t need to shout about it.

It would be hard to find a better buy for an up-market European coupe than this lovely 250C with an asking price of only $12,500 or best offer.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. I knew a girl who had a 1980 Mercedes 300 SD, it is a S class with a tiny 3 litre 5 cylinder diesel built for industrial use, it has oil cooled pistons, oil squirts into the underside of each piston, I have never seen a motor withstand such extreme abuse for so long and still run and was repairable.
    Her car had a bad head gasket and would suck up the water in about 15 minutes of driving, of course she drove it whenever, where ever she required for over a year getting the engine so hot you could never add water to it , it would explode and blow out the radiator, the heater core sounded like bombs were exploding in her dash, she drove it for sometimes 50 miles with no water being added, after about 18 months I took it to a Mercedes mechanic who pulled the head and it was so fractured there was no way to repair it, he had never seen anything like it before, any other car engine would have died the 1st day. I got a rebuilt head, the cylinders were perfect somehow and the car ran to this day like a watch, 30 mpg but soooo slow to get up to speed. Some owners in Tahoe actually had to go up their driveway in reverse as 1st was not low enough to climb it, There is no tougher engine made I ever saw.


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