300 SE cabriolet


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French registration

- Two owners from new
- Rare 300 SE Cabriolet version
- Just out of a superb restoration
- Same owner from 1963 to 2004

Launched in 1961, the new range of coupes and convertibles from Mercedes-Benz ushered in a new style, both modern and stylish. At the Geneva Motor Show in 1962 the public discovered for the first time the 300 SE with a 3-liter 6-cylinder engine, worthy of its standing, complemented by full air suspension and an even neater finish. In convertible version, its production was limited to just 708 units, making it a very rare model.
This 300 SE Cabriolet was delivered new on March 27, 1963 and was registered by the first owner, René Archimbeau (oyster aquaculturists), in Bouzigues in the Hérault region of France, on April 5, 1963 as 847 HQ 34. He kept the car until 2004, and then sold it to the current owner, an important collector of Bentleys and other exceptional cars, from the Normandy region, through a French auction house. The car was in an entirely original state, though a little tired looking. The owner decided to undertake a range of detailed restorations of the upholstery and the hood (which were unrecoverable and really too damaged), done by the excellent workshop Caribex from La Garenne Colombes, plus a complete repaint with surface treatment. The mechanical part was overhauled by the collector's own mechanic. The car comes with its original service book, its manual and a copy of the registration document of the first owner. The car is now in a superb condition from all points of view. It drives reliably and beautifully, in absolute comfort, exemplifying the excellent values of the brand. Additionally, with its special history, the car represents a wonderful opportunity for any collector to have a really fine example of an elegant 60s convertible.