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.
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 ClassicCars.com, 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 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.
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.
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 ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day