1972 Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE Sedan 3.5 petrol injection V8 from Australia and New Zealand
Distinctive, imposing on the road - relatively expensive to maintain, but an appreciating classic
Chassis sub-frame rubbers - 2000.
Battery died (7 plate, refillable) - 2001.
Distributor points, spark plug leads - 2002.
Wheel wearings x 4, brake front discs - 2003.
Tyres x 5 replaced - 2004.
Dash lights died; Replaced SONY radio with original Becker Mexico cassette - 2005.
Major rust in rocker panels/door sashes cut out - 2007.
Replaced carpets myself, stenciling/cutting out old carpet on new carpet, re-sewing the plastic edges - 2008.
Brake booster hoses replaced - 2010.
5 new Michelin tyres, valve stem seals replaced - 2014.
Gearbox is currently VERY slow in the 2-3 gear-change. Sunroof water drain points need cleaning out. Air con needs re-gassing. Dash cracks and dash wood need attention.
The Parchment MBTex (MB 147) upholstery makes "Gretchen's" interior a light, airy place to be when it's clean.
I never get tired of looking at Paul Bracq's classic, clean design, especially from the front or the right hand side. Stone Pine Green metallic (MB862) was available only May - September 1972 in the W108 shape, plus her chassis number 12102 is only 120 cars from the end of production, with 625 Australian Build Code too. Probably one of the last RHD ones made. I really enjoy seeing other W108s on the road.
My partner much prefers her late model Toyota Corolla for features and cheaper running costs, but I'll be keeping my "Junior 6.3" for many years to come.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th June, 2014