1955 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 - b Cabriolet D

b Cabriolet D

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1955
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    5500515
  • Lot number 
    369
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Beige
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

U.S. registration
Customs cleared in the EU
Chassis # 5500515
Engine # 5500537

- In an incredible original state, beautifully preserved
- Two owners only in California
- Extremely rare model, the cabriolet D, only 66 made

For Mercedes, the post-war years were challenging and the brand was dedicated primarily to middle class cars. To reconnect with its pre-war status where its flagship model was the 540 K, Mercedes unveiled in 1951 its 300, a large limousine with a brilliant six -cylinder overhead cam engine, which would serve as a basis for the future automotive legend, the 300 SL. A ceremonial car essentially, it will be referred to as the "Adenauer" in tribute to the German chancellor who used it regularly. Available in several body styles, including on with a pillar-less side opening saloon, the model evolved into versions b, c and d till 1962. The version 300b, which is what interests us here, with its 125bhp engine had enough power to propel the heavy car to a top speed of 160 km/h in enviable comfort.
The car we offer here has known just two owners from new, both part of the same family, the father and his son then. The second one has had the Mercedes since 1978, 36 years in the same hands! The car has always been the dry California climate, and it is devoid of corrosion and has an impeccable base. After remaining stored dry for the last 20 years, this car has recently benefited from a renovation work done by Burlingame Motors, for a total of US $ 15,000. The body, which has been repainted once, has a beautiful patina and shows few traces of minor repairs. Inside, the red leather upholstery has its original patina and shows some cracks and the wooden dashboard is intact, although slightly tarnished. The driving system and accessories are in beautiful condition, and the car is equipped with a timer unit and the odometer shows 66,000 miles (106,220km). The hood has been redesigned using the lining of origin, and the tyres are new. One trial showed good running condition with a smooth engine. We've noticed that an adminitrative mistake mentioned the engine number in spite of the serial number on the title.
This Mercedes 300b comes accompanied with its books and its service history, with the first few pages stamped. Thus, we discover that the first service took place on June 4, 1956. It also has a rare kit of spare parts, the box containing the head gasket replacement and a kit of original tools.
This is a very rare model as only 125 examples of the convertibles B and D have been made, based on the Mercedes 300b, from March 1954 to July 1955, and less than half were convertible D. With four places in this convertible and its special six-cylinder engine and its rare state of preservation, this car will offer to its new owner all the charm and quality of a high-end Mercedes from the 1950s.