1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc CabrioletSOLD
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The 300Sc was made from 1955 to 1957 as a limited-production fast touring car. It was Daimler-Benz most expensive model, costing 60% more than the legendary Gullwing. At $14,500, it was also the most expensive automobile sold in the United States in 1957.

The cars were hand-assembled in a separate building from the factory production lines. The trim was solid brass, with each piece hand-fitted to the car it was destined for, then removed and chrome plated. A few of the Cabriolets were trimmed with burled walnut; others in modestly-grained rosewood. The seats were trimmed in 4-oz Roser leather. Each 300Sc customer was invited to Stuttgart for a fitting before the seats were built.

The engines were 200 hp 3-liter overhead-cam sixes, originally designed for the 300SL Roadster, and using the 300SL's durable direct-port mechanical fuel injection system. This model also used the new low-pivot swing axle independent rear suspension, introduced in 1957 on the 300SL. The cars were equipped with the 300SL's large, power-assisted Alfin brakes.

The combination of this advanced mechanical package with the superb craftsmanship of body and padded Cabriolet top made for quiet touring at highway speeds. The cars were built to cruise at 100 mph, and, in spite of the majestic architecture, were very capable cars on back roads as well.

Only 49 300Sc Cabriolets were ever made; about a dozen of these in 1957.

Our car, 1957 body number 4, has had a complete, body-off restoration for show, and is now being serviced after being kept in a museum the past decade.


Mercedes factory records list the car has being delivered to their distributor in Belgium in May, 1957.

Chuck Brahms, the celebrated 300Sc restorer in California, and his friend, Mercedes collector Tom Kreid, bought the Cabriolet from a collector in rural New York state in about 1985, to restore for customer Craig McFarland. Upon completion, the car was shown at the 1986 Pebble Beach Concours, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of Mercedes. Because Mercedes was the honored marque that year, the competition in that class was intense, but the Cabrio won first place.

To earn this honor, Mr.Brahms did his usual accurate and meticlulous restoration, including finishing off the restored underside with factory inspection dots on the suspension parts. His work was so durable that the underside of this car looks today as if were completed last week. Chuck recalls that he used Glasurit paint, changing the color from light grey-beige to color code 542 burgundy, and that he even restored the factory Karl Baich fitted suitcases. Chrome plating was done by the California Christianson shop. Trimmer Jim Hook sourced Roser 4-oz leather and the best wool Wilton carpet for the interior, duplicating the original. The 6-layer padded top was made in house using dark red German Aresma fabric and Happisch patterned headliner. The rare burled walnut veneers were sourced from an Englishman who had inherited a supply from his father who worked for Rolls-Royce in England. Then, as now, burled walnut veneers of this quality were simply not available. The veneers were bookmatched on the doors and glovebox.

Brahms engine builder was Walter Quitt. Chuck and Walter set up dyno facility for 300Sc engines, to test and run-in their rebuilt engines before installation in cars. Chuck recalls that this particular engine tested the best of any 300Sc they had done.

Shortly after the Pebble Beach event, Chuck Brahms sold the car through broker John Masuda to a Japanese collector.

The 300Sc surfaced in 2005, offered at an auction of a collection of cars belonging to the Raika Fashion Company in Japan.

Documentation includes California title, owners manual, Mercedes-Benz factory Zertificat, and Pebble Beach newspaper story.

Reference Number 3171

as of 8/12/2006

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Car 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet
VIN 1880137500015 
Small Series  ? of 49 
Exterior / Interior Color      Dark Red /      Tan 
Options Interior: Leather interior, Wooden trim 
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