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Lot 42
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet Chassis no. 1860140149052 Engine no. 18633988
Sold for €93,150 (US$ 117,350) inc. premium

Lot Details
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet
Chassis no. 1860140149052
Engine no. 18633988
One of Mercedes-Benz's first all-new designs of the post-war era, the 300 debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1951 and would succeed in re-establishing the Stuttgart firm in the front rank of prestige car manufacturers, marking as it did a return to the marque's tradition of building high-performance luxury automobiles.

Custom built by Mercedes-Benz's most experienced craftsmen, the 300 was luxuriously appointed and trimmed with materials of the highest quality. Fast and elegant, it was one of very few contemporary vehicles capable of carrying six passengers in comfort at sustained high speeds. It was the car of choice among West German government officials, and throughout Europe and the USA was widely favoured by businessmen, financiers and politicians. Indeed, 'Adenauer' became the 300 saloon/limousine's unofficial model name, after German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, its most famous customer. Priced at DM24,700 in 1954, the 300b Cabriolet D version was among the world's most expensive - if not the most expensive - automobiles of its day.

A most worthy upholder of the Grosser Mercedes tradition of pre-war years, this rare cabriolet is one of only 262 built during 1952 out of a total convertible production of 591. Manufactured in July 1952, the car was sold in 2006 by Autohaus Paulus of Treffelstein, Germany, registered 'CHA-P 444 H'. The owner then went bankrupt and the car was sold back to Paulus, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor. Some 3,700 kilometres have been covered since then and the odometer currently reads 71,741 kilometres. Shortly after acquisition the 300 was completely restored by marque specialist Jaap Havik of Purmerend in the Netherlands at a cost of 48,000 euros. Restoration invoices and the 2006 bill of sale are available with the car. Finished in black with Burgundy leather upholstery and pale wood veneer trim, this beautiful Mercedes-Benz cabriolet is offered with Netherlands registration papers and technical inspection.

Digne représentante de la tradition des Grosser Mercedes d'avant guerre, ce rare cabriolet est des 262 exemplaires seulement construits en 1952 sur un total de 591 décapotables. Produite en juillet 1952, cette votiure a été vendue en 2006 par Autohaus Paulus de Treffelstein (Allemagne) sous l'immatriculation 'CHA-P 444-H'. Le propriétaire tomba en faillite et la voiture fut reprise par Paulus auprès de qui le vendeur actuel l'a acquise. Environ 3,700 km ont été parcourus depuis et le compteur affiche actuellement 71,741 km. Peu après cette acquisition, la 300 a été totalement restaurée par le spécialiste de la marque Jaap Havik de Purmerend aux Pays-Bas pour un coût de €48,000. Les factures des travaux et le certificat de vente de 2006 accompagnent la voiture. De couleur noire avec intérieur en cuir bourgogne et habillages de placages de bois clair, cette magnifique Mercedes-Benz cabriolet est vendue avec ses papiers néerlandais et son contrôle technique.

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