1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 Convertible SedanSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $71,500

115hp, 2,996 cc, inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent front swing axle rear suspension with coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic internal expanding front and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 12"

Following the conclusion of the war, Daimler-Benz sought to re-establish its position as one of the world ’ s preeminent automakers. Although initial production efforts focused on higher volume production automobiles, by 1950 plans were underway for a new top-of-the-line car, intended to occupy the same position in the model line as the legendary 770K Grosser of the prewar era.

The new car was introduced to the public in April 1951 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Initially available in only two configurations – limousine or convertible sedan – the new 300 entered production later that year. From the outset, the new 300 was intended to cater to the needs of the American market.

The car ’ s outstanding quality was matched only by its breathtaking price – costing as much as three Cadillacs! The high price ensured exclusivity, and early customers ranged from renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to actor Yul Brynner. The cars were also the choice of distinction for royalty and heads of state, including the Shah of Iran and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer – in whose honor the closed version of the car would come to be referred to as simply “ an Adenauer. ”

In comparison to the closed cars, the 300 four-door convertibles were produced in much smaller quantity. From the 1951 model year through 1955 over 6,000 closed cars were built, in that same time frame, just 591 convertible sedans were ordered and in 1953 just 181 units were built.

The elegant 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 Convertible Sedan presented here is a very nice, highly original car that was treated to some cosmetic work some time ago. It is evident that the paint was at one point resprayed, the top was replaced and the interior leather was redyed. The Convertible Sedan retains its fitted luggage in the trunk and displays 28,000 miles on the odometer. Although this mileage cannot be verified, it is believed to be accurate given the condition of the powertrain.

Altogether a very straight and solid example in presentable condition, with room for six and styling suitable for royalty, this Convertible Sedan will surely provide many enjoyable sunny weekend drives.

Reference Number 11226

as of 7/14/2007

Car 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 Convertible Sedan
VIN 186014 
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