An Ugly Brake

An Ugly Brake – 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S ‘Universal’ shooting brake estate car to be auctioned by Silverstone Classics at their Silverstone Classic Sale on 29th and 30th July 2017 – Estimate of £35,000 to £40,000 ($45,000 to $52,000, €39,000 to €45,000 or درهم167,000 to درهم191,000)

Rare “ugly duckling” seven-seat 1967 Mercedes-Benz shooting brake to be offered at auction; it will generate the same reaction as Marmite


An extremely rare yet somewhat ugly 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S ‘Universal’ is to be sold at auction this month with an estimate of £35,000 to £40,000 ($45,000 to $52,000, €39,000 to €45,000 or درهم167,000 to درهم191,000).


Just one of three examples ever produced for the UK market and converted to a shooting brake by IMA of Mechelen, Belgium, the special-order vehicle is said to have cost “three times the price of an equivalent estate from Ford of Vauxhall” when new. It features an original Ivory steering wheel, and seating for seven.


Finished in Dunkelblau dark blue with a Sky Blue leather interior, the uprated 2.8-litre car will be offered at The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017 by Silverstone Auctions on 29th and 30th July.


A representative of the firm comments: “This stylish estate is a true performer… It is a beautiful, timeless classic and has to be the ultimate seven-seater estate. Original and usable, get the picnic sets out let’s get off to Goodwood!”



  1. I like the square back and it would look better if it had a square front, side, and bottom and was more cube shaped. You wouldn’t need a garage for it and it would fit tidily under an inverted wheelbarrow

  2. Vinyl seats? wouldn’t want to get into those on a 45c day, and I suppose there’s no hope for air bags?
    Also that rear seat would be a shocker on a trip from Sydney to Melbourne as well.

  3. This is one of those old World cars. The type Aristocrats would have at their country homes for utility vehicles. It is unique and although not a great beauty, its oddity does make it something worth owning as a statement.


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