MARKET WATCH: MERCEDES S-CLASS SALOON VALUES ARE GETTING UP TO SPEED

The average price performance of this month’s Price Guide Movers On The Up is showing a 15% increase while the average for classics falling in value is just 4%.

S Class Saloon

by Classic Car |

An 11% increase for the W108 generation mid-sized Mercedes saloons built from 1965-1972 puts them in the top 20 growers.

These discreetly handsome saloons still look great value compared to their more glamorous coupé and cabriolet siblings, and to the longer wheelbase W109 saloons that gave the option of V8 power. But buyers are proving that six cylinders are more than adequate to deliver the feegood factor.

Entry point for a 250S or later 280S, or fuel-injected SE is just £2k, but given the cost of restoration parts it makes sense to skip over rough examples and the £5k usable cars that inevitably need at least part restoration and hold out for ther sharpest exmples in the £10k-15k price band. Although cost meant they weren’t sold in high numbers in the UK market, a steady trickle from South Africa gives more buying options today and the prospect of well preserved bodywork if they don’t originate from coastal towns.

Price Guide Movers is part of 16 pages of buying tips and advice, including Quentin Willson’s Hot Tips, Ads on Test, the Buying Guide in the latest issue of Classic Cars.

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