HMC Exclusive: Ben Clopot and his 1.2 Million-Mile Mercedes Benz

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We have an amazing story for you today. I was recently contacted by Ben Clopot, who had recently acquired a 1966 Mercedes Benz 250se Coupe and promptly fell in love with it. He was shocked when he discovered the vehicle had accumulated 1,283,575 miles or just over 2 million Kilometers over its lifetime. He didn’t think much of it until he found our site. I told him that 1.2 million miles on any car was nothing short of miraculous and that I had to know everything about this car. 

The first thing I need to point out is that this car has had a superb histphoto 1 (2)ory and has been maintained like a newborn baby. Ben found maintenance records going all the way back to the beginning.  I want to document some of the the milestones here.

In 1975, the car reached 200,000 miles and was awarded a badge from Mercedes. Then in 1980, it got an award for 500,000 miles driven. In 1991 it received the 877,000 miles (1 million km) badge.  Sadly,  the original owner passed away the following year. Since 1992, the family of the original owner kept the car, maintained it and put another 350,000 miles on 2

Ben recently purchased the car from the family and he drives it about 35,000 miles a year. He just got the 1 million mile badge from Mercedes and sent me a photo of it.

As for major repairs, he says, the engine has had the bottom  rebuilt twice and the top rebuilt four times. The transmission has been rebuilt twice. He says that if something breaks, he gets it fixed immediately. Ben uses the car as a daily driver for his business. He is currently a Realtor in Beverly Hills. Ben believes it could be one of the highest-mile gasoline engine Mercedes on the road today. We are inclined to agree with him.

Ben, thank you for sharing this amazing story with us. It’s great that you are keeping the car going after all these years. It has been a real team effort to get the 250 to this mileage. We hope you and the Benz get many million more. You have a beautiful car, and you are now in our top five high-mileage car owners of all time.  Check below for grill and badge photos. Sexy!

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  1. This is an amazing accomplishment. It also shows how important an automobile is. What type of engine is this? Last night, I took a cab somewhere, and then when I needed a cab ride back home a female police officer told me that you can find a cab down the road. I walked for 45 minutes in the middle of the night looking for a cab. Finally, I went into a gas station and got a cab within 10 minutes.

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