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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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I have a 1967 230S with a 4 speed manual, but the car is really sluggish, and the engine is noisy and unrefined. I am looking for a good reason to upgrade to a more modern L6 or a V8.
But you are comparing (I think) 120 HP in the 230 S vs. 160 HP in the 280 SE which is a noticeable difference. I have a M130 engine (out of a 1968 280 S W108) with webers in my 250 S (W108) and I find it to be fairly quick, and I would think one with good fuel injection would be a little faster still. I would replace the head gasket...
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...