1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: 125,000£-150,000£
Estimate: €182,000 - €218,000
Estimate: $250,000 - $300,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £156.450

From the Collection of Mr. Bernie Ecclestone

175bhp, 2,996 cc overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, rear swing axles with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
Wheelbase: 114.2in. (2,600mm).

The ravages of World War II had left Germany’s economy desperate for hard currency. The US economy, however, was experiencing a post-war boom and Mercedes-Benz, in hopes of achieving successful sales figures, consequently designed a car to meet the needs of the overseas market. At the same time, Mercedes also sought to protect and perpetuate its reputation as maker of luxurious, well-engineered motor cars. The 300 series, first introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1951, was therefore designed for export trade and, not surprisingly, sold well in the States.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 was a very attractive car, with a modern wrap-around windscreen and flush-mounted headlights. Each car was essentially custom built by the best craftsmen and artisans from within the vast Mercedes-Benz organization. The 300 was easily capable of Autobahn cruising at triple digit speeds, even with a full load of occupants and luggage. Luxuriously finished and trimmed in the highest quality materials, the Mercedes-Benz 300 was fast, comfortable, safe, and very elegant.

The 300 S variant was introduced shortly thereafter in 1952, and combined a shorter wheelbase with two-door coachwork in both open and closed styles. A more powerful multi-carburettor engine delivered 163bhp at 5,000 rpm. Mercedes-Benz factory driver Karl Kling reportedly lapped the infamous Nordschleife of the Nürburgring faster in the 300 S than in any other road-going Mercedes-Benz since the legendary SSK. Well received by the motoring press, this new car was capable of a remarkable 110mph top speed. Appearance was also enhanced with graceful new bumper lines and a new curved rear bodyline. At $12,500 apiece, a 300 S cost as much as ten ordinary cars of the era. As a result, only 560 examples were built over a six-year period.

In 1955, Mercedes-Benz introduced the final version of the 300 S, the 300 Sc. It was powered by a detuned version of the 300 SL’s Bosch mechanical fuel-injected engine, which produced 175 horsepower (approximately 200 horsepower according to more generous SAE standards). It also adopted Mercedes-Benz’s new ‘low-pivot’ swing axle rear suspension design. This had been developed and perfected on the 300 SL and provided more predictable cornering at high speeds. The 300 Sc also introduced Hydrovac power brakes to the Mercedes-Benz line. However, the latest incarnation of the 300 S was, with the exception of chrome trim strips, practically identical in appearance to its predecessor.

The 300 Sc offered here is one of only 52 300 Sc Roadster, Cabriolet, and Fixed Head Coupés built in 1957. In fact, only 53 Roadster variants were ever produced over the entire production run from 1955 to 1958. By comparison, 1,400 300 SL Gullwings were built over their four-year production run and nearly 90,000 Mercedes-Benz cars were produced in 1957 alone.

Originally ordered in Black (DB 040), this particular left-hand drive example was sold in the mid-1990s by West Coast dealer Patrick Van Shoote of San Ramon, California, to noted collector Albert Obrist. It joined the Ecclestone Collection in July 1999 after Bernie Ecclestone purchased the Obrist Collection.

The paint is proper Mercedes Silver Grey Metallic (DB 180) and matches the wheels, which have whitewall tyres. The chrome and brightwork, from the single driver’s side rear view mirror to the large grille, appears to be in good overall condition, although certain flaws and imperfections attributable to age are evident. The same quality is evident with the black canvas top, which resides under a matching red leather cover. ‘Einspritzmotor’ lettering on the rear bumper indicates that this 300 benefits from fuel injection.

Red leather upholstery covers the bucket seats and door panels of this 2+2 Roadster while the carpeting is also red. Although the leather is period correct and of high quality, its fit is loose in certain locations. The woodgrain dash is highlighted by an AM/FM radio, black steering wheel, and lovely complete original instrumentation. The engine bay likewise appears to be largely original and period correct although signs of ageing and road-use are apparent.

Considering the high concours standards to which many of today’s classic cars are restored, it is a true delight to find a rare 300 Sc perfectly suited for an outing on a sunny day with the top down. The 300 Sc featured here performs beautifully in this regard, finished in classic Mercedes Silver, with the mighty fuel-injected 3-litre engine under its bonnet.

Reference Number 13216

as of 9/14/2007

Car 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Roadster
VIN 1880157500030 
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