1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 D ConvertibleSOLD

The Sports Car Auction, Nuremberg Germany, Saturday 9th December 2006

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Estimate: €95,000-115,000

Sold: €83,000

Originally introduced in 1951 at the Frankfurt Show, the Mercedes-Benz 300 range was very much a flagship designed to promote the Stuttgart manufacturer as a producer of the finest luxury cars; an objective it undoubtedly achieved. Ultimately Mercedes Benz offered imposing and elegant six seater coachwork, in either closed or open form, allied to a smooth and powerful engine, fine road manners and cockpit-adjustable rear ride height.

Using a separate tubular cruciform chassis, the 300 featured independent coil spring suspension all round, together with supplementary torsion bars at the rear, and servo-assisted drum brakes while transmission was a four speed manual with column change. Power came from a 2,996cc, straight six cylinder engine which, via a single overhead camshaft and twin Solex carburetors, produced 100bhp. During the Fifties the engine underwent various improvements through constant development, power rising to 125bhp for the 300B and 300C models.

By the time the final 300D model appeared in 1956, power had been increased to 160bhp at 5,700rpm, enough to waft the big four door limousine from 0-60mph in under 14 seconds and on to a 105mph top speed.

In its day, the 300D saloon was, at £5,221, one of the most expensive and prestigious cars available on the market. It was luxurious and highly specified and late models, of which this is one, have basically the same fuel injected engine as the 300SL Gullwing.

This Mercedes 300 D Cabriolet was re-imported in the early 90's from USA and was subsequently fully restored with a file of bills detailing the restoration available with the car. Since then the car has formed part of a large Mercedes collection and has always been serviced and cared for to the highest standard. A full service has just been carried out and is ready to use immediately. Its overall condition is reported to be good, with its engine in excellent condition. This status symbol of Germany's regaining of economic power in the early 50's presents itself in gleaming elegant black livery and tobacco-brown leather interior. A car that should be included in any major collection of Mercedes Benz vehicles. The car comes complete with German paperwork and historical registration.

Reference Number 5320

as of 12/8/2006

Car 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 D Convertible
VIN 1860140211052 
Registration German Registered