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1965-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE/SEL (W108/W109) specifications

1965-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE/SEL (W108/W109) specifications Classic and Performance Car

Packed with luxuries and safety items, the 300s sat comfortably at the top of the new S-class range, with the SEL – four inches longer than the standard cars – roughly twice the price of the entry level 250S. The 300s came as standard with a four-speed automatic gearbox, later supplemented by an optional five-speed manual. All used the older all-alloy three-litre straight-six, up until late 1968 when the SE was dropped and the 300SEL, rather confusingly for those starting to understand Mercedes models, got the 280SE’s 2.8-litre engine.

Production

  • Production:
    7625
  • Price at launch:
    £5,669
  • Price (excellent)
    £6,500
  • Price (good):
    £5,000
  • Price (average):
    £3,000
  • Price (project):
    £1,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.2secs
  • Top speed:
    115.0mph
  • Power:
    168.0bhp
  • Torque:
    184.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    16.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, double wishbone, air spring, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, swing axle, air spring, anti-roll bar
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    5000mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2850mm
  • Width:
    1810mm
  • Height:
    1415mm

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