Chassis n° 1880105500019
Engine n° 5500294B
Collection Mercedes-Benz France
Rare and exceptional model
Mechanical base for the 300 SL
High quality older restoration
When Mercedes started producing cars again after the Second World War, the first models were relatively modest. Fitted with four-cylinder petrol or diesel engines, the 170 range was simple and reliable. With the 300 however, Mercedes-Benz returned to the top of the international stage, to compete with Rolls-Royce's Silver Cloud. The new 3-litre, six-cylinder, overhead cam engine that would also serve as the base for the future 300 SL, was powerful enough to give this car a top speed of 160 km/h, and a reputation of being able to cruise at speed. A stately car, the 300 became known as the "" Adenauer "", after the German Chancellor who regularly used this model. Available in several bodies, the car continued to evolve until 1962. The most expensive and prestigious version was the 300 S, available between 1952 and 1955 in cabriolet or coupé form. It cost 34 500 DM (against less than 10 000 DM for a 170 saloon), and its 150 bhp engine powered this highly luxurious automobile to 175 km/h. Reserved for an elite clientèle, this model was produced on a small scale with just 560 examples built, coupés and cabriolets together.
Delivered new to New York, the 300 S on offer was first registered on 1 July 1955. The history of this car is known from 1989, when it had one owner until 1995. The next owner kept the car until 2002, the year it was bought by Mercedes-Benz France. This car benefitted from an older high quality restoration, when it was repainted the original colour "" Graphitgrau "" (DB190). It is still in good condition with only a few blemishes to the paintwork, and the chrome is also good. The car is fitted with the original Bosch long-range spotlights, as listed in the factory sheet included in the file. The interior is in beautiful condition, and the upholstery has been completely refurbished in light grey leather (the factory record indicates it was originally red), with matching carpets. The immaculate white steering wheel sits in front of a varnished wood dashboard that houses a Becker Brescia radio with twin speakers. A modern Mercedes-Benz classic cassette player is hidden under the dash. The black Alpaca hood is complemented by a tonneau cover, and there are period suitcases in the boot, made to measure and held in place by a leather strap.
The car comes with an inspection report carried out in 2015, and a maintenance manual in German for the Type 300 S, edition B, from 1971. Exclusive, rare and prestigious, this 300 S cabriolet also benefits from a superb provenance.