1970 Mercedes-Benz 250CE
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This is, without question, a unique 114 Coupé. Original, unrestored, and with just 25k miles from new.
As always with time warp cars such as these, there is story to its preservation. Purchased new in the summer of 1970 from Mercedes Great West Road, Brentford, by Mrs Capriotti as a present for her husband, Emilio Capriotti. Throughout the 70s the car was used only for special occasions, always garaged and maintained by MB Great West Road. Unfortunately, Emilio died on Christmas Day 1979. Since then, the car, with just 20k miles from new, was locked away in the garage and untouched until 2010.
Since it was discovered, this 250CE has had two owners, the first of which carefully recommissioned the car during his 6-year tenure. The last owner has enjoyed the car for 7 years, maintaining it as well as using it for several longer distance trips. Today, the mileage sits at just 25,683 miles.
Finished in Classic White with black MB Tex interior and equipped with the desirable automatic transmission. Being the, more desirable, pre-facelift version, it has the prettier taillights and steering wheel with separate horn ring.
As the photographs hopefully show, this 114 is in incredible condition throughout. It has never been restored yet retains that elusive freshness of new with immaculate paintwork and bright trim. The rubber seals remain soft and pliable, and the interior is quite simply as it left the factory. Being garaged throughout its life has meant there is no sun damage whatsoever. The sun visors still have their plastic covers on from new.
The fuel-injected 2.5-litre straight-six starts quickly and runs beautifully. On the road it performs effortlessly with a tightness and refinement that you only find in very low mileage cars.
The history file contains the car’s original books, service book and data card. There’s a letter from Capriotti’s great niece confirming the car’s provenance. Plus, there are all the bills and receipts from 2010 onwards after it was discovered. Recent work has included new subframe bushes, rebuilt brake calipers and new Vredestein Sprint Classic radial tyres.
This is a unique opportunity to buy what is possibly the lowest mileage, best preserved RHD 114 Coupé in existence.