- Believed to have been first owned by actor Burt Reynolds as shown on a Spanish registration card
- Cosmetically refurbished in 2013
- Featuring a four-speed manual transmission and factory air conditioning
- Accompanied by owner’s books, a tool roll, and data cards
Mercedes-Benz’s elegant W111 generation of vehicles made its debut in 1959 and encompassed many variations through the end of its production in 1971. Among the most desirable were the two-door models, the last of Mercedes-Benz’s hand-built automobiles in the great tradition of German craftsmanship. The luxurious interiors screamed quality, with their genuine, solid hardwood trim, tasteful brightwork, and thick leather upholstery, while the ride quality and handling were a constant reminder of the superb engineering. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these cars rapidly became favorites of international socialites and celebrities, frequently seen cruising around the world’s most posh destinations.
This Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Coupe is one such example to benefit from celebrity ownership. As shown on a Spanish registration card, screen legend Burt Reynolds is believed to have taken delivery of this car in 1967. Finished in Tunis Beige Metallic, the coupe left the factory featuring air conditioning, a driver-side mirror, a Becker radio, and an automatic antenna. Fitting of an actor famous for portraying wheelmen, the car is further equipped with a four-speed manual transmission for precise control of the fuel-injected 2.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine.
In 2013, this Mercedes-Benz was sent to Palm Beach Classics for largely cosmetic refurbishment. The work included rust repair, a respray, re-chroming the bumpers and grill, installing a replacement hood and retrimming the interior with black leather. Mechanically, the brakes and air-conditioning systems were serviced at this time. Further work was performed in 2016. This included refinishing a variety of parts around the engine, including the exhaust manifolds. In addition, various gaskets and hoses were replaced during this service. Invoices documenting these projects accompany the sale, along with owner’s books, a tool roll, data cards, and the Spanish registration card bearing Burt Reynolds’ name.
Timelessly elegant, the Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Coupe endures as a status symbol over half a century after its introduction. Well-documented, blessed with a famous former owner, and methodically refurbished, this example is ideal for both touring and showing.