1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc CabrioletSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 2,996 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection 175 BHP at 5,400 RPM 4-Speed Manual Transmission 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes 4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and TubularShock Absorbers About this Car: Introduced as a four-door sedan and convertible sedan, the 300-Series Mercedes- Benz signaled a return to the prominence the company earned before the war. The design and development of these new paradigms also provided the basic mechanicals of the competition cars that would soon follow: the all-conquering 300SL racers of 1952 and the SL road cars of 1955. The 300 sedans were soon augmented by the even more exclusive 300 S at the October 1951 Paris Salon with coupe, roadster, and cabriolet coachwork. These luxurious, limited-production cars, generating 150 hp with a three-carburetor engine, were well received by both the motoring press and the buying public. From the outset of the 300 SL project, engineers were required to utilize the 300 S engine. To extract more power from the straight six, mechanical fuel injection was developed and, once proven, was retrofitted into the 300 S line to create 200 very special 300 Sc cars introduced in 1955. The extremely limited number of 300 Sc models were rated at 175 hp using the conservative German DIN criteria, equating to about 200 hp applying the US SAE testing standards. Riding on a 2,900 mm (114") wheelbase chassis with four-wheel independent suspension, the 300 Sc was bodied by the craftsmen at Mercedes-Benz’ Sindelfingen coachworks in the finest old-world style: with incredibly intricate, hand-formed, and fitted panels; copious use of chrome; intricate wood interior trim; luxurious leather upholstery; and tight, secure folding tops. Even though they weighed nearly 4,000 lbs., the Scs were capable of 112 mph, a speed that put them in the same performance league as the most expensive, limited-production Gran Turismos, even while enveloping their occupants in serene luxury. R efined and hand-built, the 300 Sc Cabriolet, with its insulated convertible top and landau irons, is both the most luxurious and the rarest of the series. Only 49 were constructed over the short production run. According to the consignor, this beautifully preserved 300 Sc Cabriolet was sold new to a physician in Laguna Beach, California. Though little is known of its early years, this 300 Sc has, by all indications, led a very sheltered life. In 1986, a southern family of Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts purchased the well-kept Sc from the doctor’s widow and has maintained it ever since. A copy of the factory build record confirms that the cabriolet retains its original shade of Light Blue (DB 334) paint as well as the gray leather interior. Also specified are a Becker Mexico radio and Hirschmann antenna. Never comprehensively restored, the cabriolet showed just 34,500 miles at the time of cataloguing, which are believed to be original. A closer look at this fine example reveals details of the engine compartment that have been maintained as necessary, but never disturbed for restoration. Likewise, the Sc’s underside bears the hallmarks of a gently used, original car. Inside, the elegant wood dash is finished to a smooth, high luster; and the gray leather seats and door panels appear proper in pattern and texture. The cabriolet’s lined folding top is in fine condition and displays a perfectly smooth canvas surface when raised. During a recent test drive by a Gooding & Company specialist, the 300 Sc performed well, exhibiting the fine road manners and solid feel indicative of a low-mileage car. This 300 Sc, the rarest of the line, appears complete and presentable. It is ready to continue giving faithful service just as it sits today, or it would also make an outstanding candidate for a full restoration. With restored Sc-Series cars now selling near the $1 million mark, this original 300 Sc Cabriolet is deserving of close inspection and serious consideration.

Reference Number 206541

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet
VIN 188.013-6500133 
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