Mercedes-Benz 250
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 250
Mercedes-Benz 250

The Mercedes-Benz 250 (otherwise known as Stroke 8) was the executive mid-sized sedan model for Mercedes from 1968 through to 1975. This class offered a tremendous amount of diesel technology and included, for example, the first 5-cylinder diesel engine in the world. This series originated before Mercedes-Benz became too concerned with outdoing BMW, Audi and the others on performance and power. Granted, the 250 would have outdone most other cars of the time. This car had a unique appeal, which it owes to its graceful and classic design. Further, it contains a superb level of reliability and mechanical refinement. By 1973 it was due for a major facelift, which included some exterior changes such as lower lines, which meant a more imposing grill and lower placed headlamps. Additionally, there were no more old-fashioned quarter front windows. On the interior, inertia reel belts were introduced, a new-generation padded steering wheel was added that included a modern 4-hole design. There were also other minor changes that took place. The 250 also offered exceedingly good handling and remarkable comfort which was really not that surprising given the car’s design. The W114 chassis used straight-6 engines and were sold under the 230, 250, and 280 model names, thus being a cause for confusion. On the other hand, the W115 used straight-4 and straight-5 engines and were sold as the 200, 220, 230 and 240 model name. The 250 (Stroke-8) models swapped in for the W110 models beginning in 1968 and were replaced by the W123 series after 1976. To the delight of those who prefer smaller and more agile models, a coupe variant was introduced in 1969 with a 'C' designated after the model number. The differences included that the passenger compartment was 19 inches shorter, the roof was two inches lower and the trunk was considerably longer. Some also think that it was more elegant, but the jury is still out on that one.

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