w108,107 Parts Hoarder
Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500sl92 GONE:280sl79 4xW114/5 3x450sl72-3 280slc4sp81 280s69 73,81SLCs
Location: Philadelphia Area
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1970 Car and Driver 280 SE 3.5 Review
Thanks for a great read.
That read does make me wonder the differences between the later w111 and the w108/109 cars. It does sound as if the low-grill 3.5 coupes are quite desirable as far as balance and performance, but I always assumed that the w108 had better improvements than the w111... But did the late w111 coupes get all the benefits of the w108 cars? There was no w112 air suspension as 1968 as I understand it, but why not? I understand taking away the 300se name from the coupes that no longer were 3.0 cars with a more powerful 2.8... But why not offer the air suspension? Was the conventional suspension just as good?
How much lighter is the coupe than the 280se 3.5 w108 sedan? Just curious.
I like the higher grills.
In review of the specs on automobile-catalog.com, it actually looks like the euro 3.5 w111 coupe weighs a little more than the 280se 3.5 w108 euro version in 1971. The 300 w109 and 4.5 North American models seem to be several hundred pounds more. So it seems that given the right option levels, it is possible that the w108 could be just as good of a performance vehicle as the w111 3.5. That's nice to know as a w108 owner.
My dream car is a classic sporty five speed (stick+overdrive) convertible that seats five. If, you want 70's-80's Mercedes tuner wheels, let me know.
Last edited by Fonzi; 11-10-2015 at 11:11 AM.