Back in the middle 60s, Mercedes-Benz launched the W108 luxury sedan as their top-of-the-line model. It featured design by master French coachbuilder Paul Bracq, creator of the classic Mercedes look of this era. Defined by that glorious front grille, clean lines, and an airy greenhouse, it is a vehicle that is instantly recognizable as a Benz. It was also the final series to sport the unique Mercedes look of stacked headlights, curvaceous hood, and massive chrome grille.
Initially named the 250S, Mercedes revised the W108 in 1967 by beefing up the inline-six powerplant from 2.5 liters of displacement to 2.8 liters and renaming it the 280S. The W108 lineup was a huge hit, with nearly 400,000 vehicles manufactured in a seven-year production run, including its long-wheelbase W109 stablemate. It was also the final S-Class that was hand-built by a team responsible for the entire vehicle, before the process was moved to an assembly line. You don’t have to be an enthusiast to know, just by looking at it, that the 280S is a special Mercedes-Benz.