1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SCSOLD
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Estimate: ú110,000-130,000

Sold: ú126,923

The Mercedes-Benz 300S model was first shown to the public at the Paris Salon in 1951. When production began, it was offered in three different body styles comprising the Coupe, Roadster and Cabriolet. They were hand built, meaning they were expensive and out of the reach of most consumers. At $14,000, they were lavishly appointed and well outfitted, even having custom made luggage that fitted between the two spare wheels in the boot. The coupe combines styling elements of coach built, pre-war Mercedes-Benz models with the lower, sleeker look of the post-war era. The three litre, single overhead camshaft engine was a forebear of the six cylinder which would ultimately power the 300SL Gullwing. In 300S trim, the engine was equipped with three twin choke carburettors and good for 150 horsepower.

First available in 1955, the SC body style benefited from a host of revisions including improved handling and Bosch fuel injection that helped the six-cylinder engine produce 175bhp. Just 98 of these hand-built coupes were produced throughout an eight-year run, making them highly sought after collectables. Assembled in 1956 this Mercedes-Benz is in beautiful original condition and the former property of the German ambassador in Prague. Currently it is with only its second owner, whose father purchased the car from the ambassador when his son was aged 19 so that he could use it while at university, and it has been with him ever since.

Stunningly finished in black with the paintwork in very good condition high-lighting the curves of the front wings and rear arches, the car also retains chrome work in very good order. Inside the driver faces a central speedometer with auxiliary gauges either side, mounted in a wooden dash board stretching across the width of the interior with a factory fitted period radio located centrally. Unique to this particular car, and specified by the original purchaser, is the floor mounted four speed gearlever; a much more sporting feature against the standard column gear change. The comfortable driving position is enhanced further by the deep red leather seats which are all in superb condition, including the rear bench seat. With the original fitted luggage, spare wheel and jack all located in the boot, it enables the car to be a usable classic for weekends away or long distance touring. The straight six engine fires first time and, as one would expect from a car in this condition, runs as smoothly as the day it left the factory, while the car overall is in excellent original condition in every respect. With production totalling less than 100 units it is much rarer, more affordable and just as desirable as any other collectors' Mercedes-Benz and deserves a place in any serious car collection.

Reference Number 15756

as of 11/21/2007

Car 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC
VIN 18801406500123