Mercedes S-Class: I Am Your Father
The biggest Benz of all started out less like a saloon, more like a big red bus…
Posted: 21 Mar 2013
These W108 and W109 saloons replaced the old 1965 ‘fintail' Benz, and featured such innovation as a hydropneuamatic compensating spring on the rear axle, air suspension and a safety steering system. Oh, and this W108 came in 300 SEL flavour, which was of course, the all-singing, all-conquering 6.3-litre V8, a variant of which finished second at the Spa 24hrs in 1971. They called it ‘The Red Pig'.
In fact, German press at the time - driving a debadged 300 SEL - noted the "confusion to many a Porsche 911 and 911 S driver, normally accustomed to being kings of the autobahn, who now found themselves being left looking flat-footed by the harmless-looking Mercedes."