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2019 Mercedes-Benz celebrates the anniversary “125 Years of Motorsport” – a perfect opportunity to transform a luxurious 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 S (W 108) into a furious rally racer, following the example set by the legendary racing car icon, the red Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, which was successful in Spa-Francorchamps in 1971. You can follow the process in a series of twelve short videos on YouTube.

For the first time ever, Mercedes-Benz Classic and their classic car trading ALL TIME STARS has opened the doors to a workshop, a place not normally accessible to people who are not part of the company. The team aims to increase the appeal of classic cars amongst a younger audience with this unconventional build and, in doing so, inspire others to do the same. Because anyone who works on old cars already knows that things never go according to plan. And this is exactly what “Project Retro Rally” is about: showing the true project car life, and all the delays and surprises classic fans face.

The classics experts from Stuttgart are being supported by Car Throttle, which is one of the biggest online communities for cars. The main presenter Alex Kersten gets his hands dirty with Mercedes mechanics Karl-Heinz Mayer and Marcel Genkiger as they work on the honorary predecessor to the S-Class, a Mercedes-Benz 280 S from 1969.The rally car transformation took place at the Mercedes-Benz Classic partner dealership, Wilhelm Jesinger KG in Esslingen (near Stuttgart). And it’s important to mention that the classic 280 S wasn’t ruined in any way during the process; all modifications were period correct, certified by TÜV, and can be reversed at any time without a trace. This concept for a video series is extensive and completely unique:

Starting from 1 March 2019, two episodes are released every Friday at 5 pm, and will total twelve episodes. One on the Car Throttle channel (https://www.youtube.com/CarThrottle), as well as a supplementary “Behind the Build” episode on the Mercedes-Benz channel (https://www.youtube.com/MercedesBenzTV).

The YouTube-playlist with all episodes published to date: http://mb4.me/PRR-YT.

Alex walks us through getting to know the luxury saloon and talks us through the 160 point check of ALL TIME STARS. The first eight episodes of the series concentrate on the build of the car, which includes a lot of time pressure because the start of the AvD-Histo-Monte 2019 is just around the corner. But, as is always the case with bolts that have held pulleys to crankshafts for over 50 years, they refuse to budge, no matter what the script says. What’s more, countless hours are later spent trying to figure out why the car won’t run properly. It’s then during the installation of a new H&R suspension and a bodytec roll cage, as well as problems with the leaking rear axle, that the team throw away the script and decide to show all the nitty gritty truth to prove that no corners have been cut in the build process.

This is what the daily grind in the workshop really looks like. That’s why it’s so fascinating to witness the true craft and creativity of all those involved, particularly in the face of technical difficulties and delays. Thanks to this honest and detailed documentary, the audience can get a true sense of the build, enabling them to reproduce such a vehicle. The parts used are released and shared online every week.

And now, a little spoiler: the team worked perfectly together and were successful! In episodes nine and ten, the finished car gets put through its paces in testing to make sure that it’s tough enough for the ensuing torture that Alex will be putting it through during the different stages of the AvD-Histo-Monte 2019, which you can see in the final two episodes. This unfiltered project is the first of its kind, and the transformation of this affordable classic into a rough rally vehicle will inspire young mechanics and enthusiasts in equal measure.

Before delivery this Mercedes-Benz classic car receives a comprehensive service and a new HU/AU
If requested we can offer a Mercedes-Benz Classic Car guarantee.

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Vehicle details

280 S
280 S
W 108
1969
151.900 Kilometer
2
23.10.1969
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Drivers Edition
on request
on request
on request
No

Technical details

limousine
140 PS
2.778 ccm
6
4
left
stickshift
4
back
disc brakes
disc brakes
gasoline
12.5 s
185 km/h
12.3 l

Individual configuration

White (DB 158)
cloth
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
93.666
11/1967 - 09/1972

Vehicle history

Vehicle history: Mercedes-Benz 280 S (W 108)

Production of the models 250 SE and 300 SE was stopped at the beginn of 1968; as their successors in January 1968 the Types 280 S and 280 SE were presented; they were distinguished from their predecessors only by a different engine and other equipment details. The new 2.8-liter 6-cylinder engine delivered 140 hp in its carburettor version and 160 hp with fuel injection. A more powerful version of the injection engine with 170 hp was not only built into the 280 SL, but from January 1968 into the 300 SEL, too, where it replaced the former 3.0-liter light-alloy engine.

In March 1968 the 300 SEL 6.3 became top of the class of this model series. It was equipped with the V8-engine and the automatic gearbox of the 600 model so that its power was equal to that of a high-level sportscar. Its presentation at the Geneva Motor Show created a sensation, especially since there had been no hints, that a model like this was to be forthcoming. From outside, the 6.3 could only be recognised by its broader tires, double halogen headlights and additional distance beam headlights. Even though it cost over DM 10.000 more than a 300 SEL and twice as much as the 280 SE, many customers were interested in the 300 SEL 6.3, so that 6,526 units were produced.

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