1956 Mercedes-Benz Adenauer


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Dutch title - Impeccable, with desirable sunroof - Just 1 432 examples produced After the Second World War, when Mercedes restarted motorcar production, it was initially with relatively modest models. However, the 300, launched in April 1951, marked a return to the highest international level. The 300 evolved through various versions, one of which was the 300 C, presented in September 1955. It featured independent suspension, a wider rear window and could be supplied with a three-speed automatic gearbox. Production was limited to 1,432 examples, in 1955 and 1956. The immaculate 300C on offer was sold new on 22 February 1956 to the directors of Friedrichshütte AG, in Dortmund, a major steelworks in the region. It included the desirable sunroof option, fabric upholstery and an extra headrest. The sale price was recorded as 24 426 Reichsmarks, which was two and a half times higher than the price of a Mercedes 170. The car was subsequently exported to Belgium before returning to Germany in 1999, purchased by Mr Trepels who, like the original owners, had made his fortune in the steel industry. He kept it for fifteen years, only taking the car out to display it. In 2014, with the odometer recording just 45,607 km, it was sold to the current owner who owns an important collection of Mercedes in Holland. The car was registered there and has not been used since. It is not known if this Mercedes 300 C has ever been restored but, according to the owner, if it has, this would have been carried out some twenty years ago. In either case, the car remains in perfect condition inside and out with the feel of a car that has just left the factory in 1956. The car was thoroughly serviced prior to the sale and is now ready to take to the road in the hands of its new owner.