1972 Mercedes-Benz W114 250C 2.8 OHC L-6 from North America
A unique and classy coupe that demands attention, but gets quite a bit as well
Original starter finally went after 31 years.
The original dual Zenith carbs were worn out. Did the dual Weber replacement retrofit, and couldn't be happier. Instant throttle response.
Right rear power window motor gave up the ghost. Again, original piece.
My 250C was a 1-owner and meticulously maintained until around '94. Original owner sold it to someone who was either too cheap or too stupid to fix what needed to be done.
The first year of ownership has been tough; mostly repairs of things that have been neglected too long. I highly recommend the carb retrofit. Brings the car back to life. While under the hood, I swapped out the original distributor with a Mallory electronic ignition unit intended for a Jaguar E-type. With some machining, it fit perfectly and transforms the driving experience.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th July, 2003
8th Dec 2003, 13:56
I have a 1973 280c, a car I would like to retrofit.
What type of distributor did you use exactly?
Also any ideas for retrofitting the carb.
The original pierburg carb is basically junk.
Any thoughts or ideas would be great.
8th Jan 2004, 13:27
I'm not familiar with the 280C; highly recommend dealing with a knowledgeable MB mechanic before the substantial investment... carb job cost $1200 alone. I used a set of Weber 32/36 DGEVs, and the settings took a couple of weeks of tweaking before hot start and cold start issues were taken care of. Distributor is made by Mallory corp. The basic unit is produced for the E-type Jaguar, but my tech had the unit machined by Mallory before install, as I think the shaft needed shortening, and the oil pump drive gear needed to be reversed. Advance curve was set IAW "Technical Data, Passenger Cars" issue Dec. 1972 (for US version). Drive-ability difference is like night and day! Go for it!