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8-9 September 2013

Mercedes Collection

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Lot 131

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster

  • Chassis no. 188.012.4500026

Sold for £330,400


150 bhp, 2,996 cc overhead-cam inline six-cylinder engine with triple downdraft Solex carburettors, four-speed column shift manual transmission, double wishbone coil-spring and torsion bar independent front suspension, coil-spring swing axle rear suspension, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,900 mm

Bridging the gap between the Classic and Modern Eras, the Mercedes-Benz 300 was launched in 1952 with an unbeatable combination of modern engineering and performance and elegant Old World build quality. Built to uncompromising standards and employing the latest materials and technologies to achieve maximum power and minimum weight, each car was lavished with beautiful finishes and woodwork, and it could travel at triple digit speeds with a full load of cosseted occupants and their luggage.



The 300 S was built upon the already luxurious 300 series, with extra attention being given to the exterior appearance and build quality, which resulted in it being priced nearly 50 per cent higher than its counterparts. Equipped with triple Solex carburettors that are mounted to the 2,996-cubic centimetre engine, which can produce 150 horsepower, this automobile was arguably one of the best luxury touring cars available in the 1950s.



This gorgeous 300 S is one of only 141 roadsters built. It was delivered new in Frankfurt, Germany, on 1 June 1954, and it was originally painted silver grey, DB 125, and came with a blue leather interior, 1071, and a blue soft top. It displays in a fetching stone grey colour, which shows only light polishing marks. The elegant brightwork, which has been lovingly maintained, adorns the body without detracting from the refined statuesque styling. A desirable addition of dual fog lights and a hood-mounted spotlight contribute additional purpose and character. The corresponding black cloth top and Firestone Deluxe Champion whitewall tyres that adorn the grey-painted wheels complete the dashing exterior.



The underside of the car is finished in a presentable gloss black that has only minor soiling from use. In the engine compartment, the robust six-cylinder engine appears to have been treated to a respectable detailing, including newer hoses, wiring, paint detailing of many ancillary components, and polishing of the valve cover.



The interior is appointed in welcoming and inviting worn grey leather and complementary blue-grey carpeting. Highlighting the interior ensemble are a Becker Mexico radio and rakish-looking blue acrylic sun visors, which leave no room for interpretation that this is anything other than a luxury automobile. A beige headliner, which is fitted inside the top, presents no apparent flaws. The wood trim is stained to a dark colour, which makes it well suited to the rest of the car, it appears to demonstrate only light wear on the top of the doors and near the dash components. A full-size whitewall spare tyre and tool kit are fitted to the boot, which is also finished in blue-grey carpet, and which boasts generous luggage capacity. Beautifully outfitted and eminently usable, this 300 S would be well suited to weekend touring in style.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more