8-9 September 2013

Mercedes Collection

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Lot 149

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Cabriolet

  • Chassis no. 112.023.10004937

Sold for £59,360

185 bhp, 2,996 cc single overhead-cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, upper/lower A-arm front suspension with coil springs, swing axle rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,750 mm

Mercedes-Benz’s redesigned 300 models of the early 1960s, known internally within the company as the W112, featured fresh, new slab-sided styling, as well as an all-aluminium, overhead-cam six-cylinder engine, advanced and comfortable pneumatic suspension, and automatic transmission as standard equipment; a manual gearbox could still be had optionally, but it was seldom-ordered. Selling at nearly twice the price of the lower-level 200 series, this was the most expensive “standard” Mercedes of the early 1960s, outside of the custom-built 600 models, and it was a regular sight at the world’s most exclusive locales.

The Tobacco Brown 300 SE Cabriolet offered here has a manual transmission, which is considered today as highly desirable for sporty driving, and a white steering wheel with horn ring, a Becker radio, a clock, Lucas fog lamps, a tan cloth top, custom carpets, and blackwall tyres. Repainted and reupholstered in correct tan leather many years ago, it shows some light soiling and scuffing throughout, much of which could be handled by a thorough detailing. The underside is as-original, giving the appearance of a car that has been driven and enjoyed.

Mileage of 25,531 kilometres is consistent with the appearance of the car, which is a very well-kept, drivable example that would continue to be at home as a summer driver on the Riviera or cruising through the streets of world capitals. This 300 SE Cabriolet is as elegant and exclusive today as it was when new.

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