1969 Mercedes Benz 250S (Euro model)

You don’t normally think “hot rod” and Mercedes

There’s something I find irresistible about unassuming cars that belie their power and handling. The Mercedes 250S I owned was all of that and then some. Tan, four doors, the epitome of the plain Jane sedan. Ah, though, those wily Germans had imbued it with a real motor. The “S” model wasn’t seen much in the United States, we were sent mostly the injected models and mostly automatics at that. This European spec car was carburated and a four speed on the floor. It also had all of the other touches including “factory” air, which was actually a dealer installed option, and a trunk so big it would make any mafioso proud to own.

I bought this bomber from a relative of Paula (spouse) who was it’s second owner, having purchased it from someone who brought it over from the old country. It was a simply fabulous vehicle. I loved every inch of it including the big honkin’ steering wheel that made it feel a bit like you were driving a truck.

Lots of ‘tan’. Not a small car.

I would probably still own it today had a pair of young ladies driving a VW Beetle not run a stop sign. The impact was so sudden, I didn’t even have time to hit the brakes. The big ‘Benz caught the VW right at the door post and drove the car clear across the intersection depositing it on the curb on the far side of the street. Miraculously, no one was hurt probably due to the sheer luck of where the Mercedes impaled the VW. Both cars were demolished, the Benz suffering a near perfect “V” almost dead on center, hitting with enough force to drive the water pump back into the engine block. There was simply no saving it.

A sad end for a great car.