1961 Mercedes-Benz Adenauer

300 D Cabriolet

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1961
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Lot number 
    11
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Châssis n° 18903310002830
Engine n° 189.980-12-001746

Extremely rare model
Equipped with injection
Beautiful general condition

In the early 1950s, with the export market in mind, Daimler-Benz designed two luxury six-cylinder saloons, the 2.2-litre 220 and the 3-litre 300. These two models, launched in late 1951, very quickly re-established Daimler-Benz's position as a luxury car maker, while the 300 SL competition sports assured its promotion through a series of prestigious victories at an international level.
The Mercedes 300, with its majestic style and the sheer quality of its mechanical design, soon became the top vehicle in the range. The 300, initially with 115 hp, marked the return of Mercedes to the top luxury segment. It was the basis for the famous 300 S/Sc and SL models.
Aimed at official departments and major economic actors, the 300 was a real success. Mechanically it developed into the 300d in 1957, built on the 10 cm longer "Adenauer" chassis. Its style was slightly modernised with a new rear wing design, and its power increased from 125 to 160 hp thanks to the Bosch mechanical injection method from the 300 SL. The 300 D is the rarest of the 300's with less than 70 cabriolet models produced. Due to their exclusiveness they were almost special orders from the manufacturer.

The car on offer is one of the rare surviving 300 D cabriolets. It was bought in 2009 by the husband of the present owner, a real passionate Gentleman driver. In addition to his 300 D, he had a collection of several Porsches as well as a Mercedes 300SL Roadster. The car had been previously thoroughly restored, probably in Germany, and is still in beautiful condition today. In a navy blue shade, this elegant ceremonial car features a grey leather interior with blue piping in excellent condition, as well as the blue felt-lined hood. The beautiful woodwork has been carefully varnished.
Combining luxury and technical prowess, this Mercedes 300 D cabriolet is an exclusive and rare model.