Masterful handiwork. This 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280S W108 designed by Frenchman Paul Bracq is a timeless car said by no less than the German carmaker itself. Launched 50 years ago and produced from 1965 to 1972, this car would be the successor of the W111 and W112 models and a predecessor to the S-class we know today.
This is the third of the Mercedes-Benz jewels passed to me by my late father Wong Chu King and I am fortunate to own one of the 93,666 Mercedes-Benz 280S ever made. This black luxury sedan was his last workhorse until his passing in 1987 and it’s been under my care ever since.
This car as well as the W109 carried over many of the basic engineering principles from its predecessors adorned with refinements of the most well-equipped cars of the time. The 280S (and its brothers) were known for their squarish body design that evoked a timeless appeal to the delight of many car collectors.
However, it was most known for boasting an incredible durability and reliability that became proof of exceptional German engineering.
For starters, the paint had to be refreshed and the trimmings re-chromed. The interior is also intact and was minimally restored with only original Mercedes-Benz parts sourced all the way from its home country.
The M130 inline-6 engine had been re-worked as well to keep it running as smoothly as possible. All in all, parts have been difficult to source but luckily there were more of these Benzes produced compared to the other two classics in my stable. One thing I like to do is keep it in its original factory condition but notice that I added authentic Benz emblems as well as our family crest in the front grille.
I really like this car in particular because its shiny black exterior paint really exudes that sense of exclusivity and luxury that the three-pointed star brand is known for.
I’ll gladly share more details and photos of the car in a different entry once we’ve concluded photography on it.
Same with the 220 and Adenauer, the value we put into this car is immeasurable. One thing about my father is that despite his relatively successful status as a cigarette businessman, he is in fact very frugal. These Mercedes-Benzes were his only splurge as he is a true blue fan of these German-engineered machines.
He took great care of his all his possessions, both material and immaterial, and I personally feel that taking care of one of the fruits of his hard labor (he is a micromanager, after all) is an homage to his legacy.
Please stay tuned as I will be sharing more and more updates about this and the two other classic cars I’ve posted.
Alexander Wongchuking is an active businessman and has a passion for both classic and performance automobiles.