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Mercedes Benz 250 SE Automatic
They were produced between 1965 through 1972. This particular one is probably either a ’66 or a ’67. You can tell because in 1965 they came out with the coupe version of this car and starting the years afterwards they made it without. Starting in 1968 there are slight variations in color as well as design, not a big enough difference for the average consumer but they made adjustments here and there. There were also advances in engine technology seen during this period. They used the same engine from the previous generation but they enlarged and refined it for the W108 line of cars. The 250SE came with a straight six but it also had a six-plunger fuel injection which improved overall performance of the vehicle. In 1967/68 Daimler started a new Stroke Eight family of vehicles with W114 & W115 chassis’ so these 250SE’s on the road now are pretty rare. They did however continue the production of export designed 250S until March of 1969.
My favorite commercial of the day.
Usually I don’t care for Priceline Negotiator commercials but who doesn’t love a Kill Bill parody commercial?
Am I right?
And I mean LOOK at the AC Shelby Cobra! My jaws dropped and I was in love all over again…
Which reminds me of the De Tomaso Mangusta that they used during Kill Bill, which was ALSO to die for!
Have a good rest of your day!!
That is just wrong.
If I wanted to watch a bunch of dorky American dudes talking out of their asses about cars they don’t know jack shit about I would just go…just about anywhere.
If I wanted to hear a racer, actor and analyst about cars I might as well go ask Arie from The Bachelorette because I think even HE could tell me more about cars than these three knuckleheads.
Yes there has been a rising popularity in automobiles among our youth but we already have the original Top Gear as well as new shows like Counting Cars and American Choppers and what not. Do we REALLY need an AMERICAN Top Gear? Why does America have to ruin existing shows?
I hope all three of them get tractor foot!
(It’s an inside joke for those of you who have seen Here Comes Honey Boo Boo).
Die American Top Gear Die!
One of America’s most famous car racers and designers passed away today at age 89.
You may have never heard of Carroll Shelby but I am more than certain that you have ogled some of the cars that he has designed because I know that I have. Shelby has been a trailblazer in the world of both automotive ingenuity and the culture that still surrounds racing today. How crazy is it to think that this man helped engineer a racing machine that would beat Enzo Ferrari’s mad racing streak.
This man was not only an automotive super hero but he was also a beacon of hope to those who needed a role model. Having a rough childhood riddled with sickness and again battling with illness and severe injuries from racing accidents Shelby has battled his way through on to the next project and he has been a key part of design even up till his death. But what made Shelby a true hero was that he even founded his own foundation in order to aid children who were in need of organ transplants. This was a man who gave back to his community and never forgot his roots as the son of a rural mail carrier.
The only thing I think people get confused on is what company Shelby designed cars for. For the younger generation they would most remember him for the Ford Mustang Shelby pictured below:
but Shelby was most popularly known for his AC (Auto Carriers) Motors based Shelby American Cobra:
and then after beating Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans in 1959, Henry Ford II eventually recruited him in hopes to build a car that would beat out Ferrari at future Le Mans competitions and Ford hired the right man. The Ford group had 4 consecutive Le Mans wins from 1966 through 1969 thanks to Shelby.
and most of you may have already forgotten or may have never made the connection in the first place but Carroll Shelby was also responsible for the Dodge Shelbys/ Shelby Dodges.
Why’d he start working with Dodge? because Lee Iacocca asked him to. Iacocca was responsible for getting Shelby to Ford so this time he had him work as a “Performance Consultant” on the Dodge Viper but he ended up helping to design and change previous designs for the new Dodges.
And Shelby didn’t stop here. Although there were a lot of ups and downs attached with it, he had also managed to take his original designs from paper to finished product to create the Shelby Series 1. But to keep a long story short his company (Shelby American) was bought up, then that company (Venture Corporation) went bankrupt but not because of their Shelby purchase and Shelby ended up buying his stock back for pennies on the dollar but his Vehicle Safety Standards certificate had expired so he sold his car without a motor or transmission as a “component car” but people still bought them and made their own Series 1 Shelbys at home.
Makes me just want to up and be a car designer! I WISH!
You will be missed and remembered. For every engine rev and street race won I know that you have contributed a big part of the ever growing love and passion of cars in every true red blooded American and we will not forget it.
(Forgive the run on sentence).
Look at this gorgeous Ferrari we saw at Jack in the Box when we went to go get a quick breakfast.
It’s a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti. God isn’t it gorgeous?
Who thought I would find one in the streets of Honolulu.
Oh, did I also mention that I live next to all the luxury car dealerships? So every walk around the neighborhood is filled with Lamborghini’s and BMWs a plenty. Yum Yum!
Here’s a full picture of the Ferrari since you can’t really tell from just the picture of the back end.
And since I haven’t had the opportunity to write about cars I thought this would be a perfect time.
I thought my car blog entry days would be few and numbered in between since I had left LA but I’m glad Hawaii is proving to be a different type of car mecca for me. I’ve seen some classics here that I haven’t had the chance of seeing in LA.
So let’s talk about the Ferrari 250. Ferrari manufactured the 250 series from 1953 to 1964 and it included a lot of different variants which ended up becoming Ferrari’s most successful early line. It eventually ended up being replaced by the 275 and the 330 which I will talk about another time.
A lot of the 250s had the same wheelbases. The small wheelbase cars would be 2,400mm where the long wheelbase models would be 2,600mm. Most cars not only had the SWB but also the same type of lightweight V12 engine that made the Ferrari much lighter than other competitors which made the Ferrari 250s a car to be reckoned with when it came to racing. These lightweight engines weren’t the fastest engines of their time but for the weight they had a pretty impressive output which has lead the 250 series to many victories in several different racing competitions.
As soon as they debuted this car they were selling like hot cakes as well as being used in races. The combination of low weight + high power + well-sorted suspension = made this car a winner.
This car is, till this day, still seen as one of the top cars of the 1960s as well as one of the best Ferraris of all time.
I’m just lucky that there are people out there maintaining such classics so that I can enjoy them too.
Maybe I can just wait at Jack in the Box to see if it rolls by again…
A girl can dream can’t she?