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1968 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE [W108]

1968 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE [W108] in Satanik, Movie, 1968 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE — Made for: I

1968 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE [W108]

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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Alessandro58 CH

2020-09-23 16:11

I remember: on the glove box there is written "300 SE".
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-- Last edit: 2020-10-03 11:32:37

zodiac SE

2020-09-23 21:05

Metallic paint was only officially available for the W108 from March 1967, but could be choosen during the whole production "if the customer expressively requested it". And it was hugely expensive.

Why was that?
Well, the syntetic paint still had teething problems. While a solid one could hide some minor mistakes, that wasn't the case with the metallic. Hence extra care had to be considered, which naturally cost time and money. And Mercedes was also aware that it wasn't to last either, as the clear cote would separate after a while.

Because of that only some 0.5% (of the total production of the W108/W109 series) were delivered with metallic paint in 1965, a number which increased to 2.7% in 1968.

The 300 SE cost DM 22.100,- from April 1966 compared with DM 17.350,- for the 250 SE and DM 15.800,- for the 250 S.
The main difference between the 250 SE and the 300 SE was the engine, which also had the block made from aluminium and thus was that much more expensive to make. 'Auto, Motor und Sport' made a test of both the 250 SE and the 300 SE and could not recommand the 300 SE in any way as it was just marginally faster and had greater tirst. Time, though, proved the 300 SE to be a more relaiably car as the 250 SE engine wasn't fully developed until the MY 1967 revision.

A total of 2.737 300 SE were made between August 1965 (MY 1966) and December 1967.
Taken into account the metallic paint, that would make this a very rare one indeed.

-- Last edit: 2020-09-28 22:52:36

andrepa DE

2020-09-23 21:54

:king: 3/1967 - 12/1967

electra225 IT

2020-09-24 19:27

Not a W109 as a 300 SE ?

zodiac SE

2020-09-28 22:39


Mercedes had two similar looking platforms at the time, the W108 and the W109. The difference between those were mainly the suspension; where the W108 had coils the W109 had air suspension. That originally was a patent from Borgward which Mercedes bought when Borgward "went bust" (The reason for the quotation marks is that after the "bankruptcy" Borgward were able to pay all the debts to the last Mark and pfenning, and I believe that is the only bankruptcy where that has happened...). However, the W109 had also more expensive interior, with seats in velour or leather and, to be able to work as a limousine for heads of state, were also enlongated somewhat so to give better legroom.

When Mercedes launched the W108 and the W109, they found out that the difference in price between the two platforms were rather big (the 300 SEL cost DM 28.600,- in April 1966) and thus added the 300 SE, with coil suspensions and other equipments from the W108 but with the engine from the W109, as a "bridge" between the two. Not a successful one, though, when looking at the numbers, in spite of having power steering fitted as standard (whereas you had to pay extra for it to the other W108's).

-- Last edit: 2020-09-28 22:48:47

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