1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53
Lot 476
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé
Registration no. 111 HRH Chassis no. 00196/53
Sold for £ 292,700 (US$ 403,566) inc. premium

Lot Details
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé  Chassis no. 00196/53
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé
Registration no. 111 HRH
Chassis no. 00196/53
*First owned by His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan
*One of only 560 300 S models produced
*Three owners from new
*Present ownership since 1999

Footnotes

  • The late King Hussein of Jordan occupies an honoured place in the history of the 20th Century. He ascended to the Hashemite throne when only 17 and guided his country through the minefield that is Middle Eastern politics for 46 years. He survived coups d'etat and assassination attempts, and left his country more open and stable than most in the region.

    In private life, the King was a great enthusiast for cars in general and motor racing in particular. When karting came on the scene, he bought a batch of karts and founded the Amman Kart Club, where he met his second wife. His wide circle of friends included Sir Stirling Moss, who once nominated King Hussein as the man he most admired.

    As a ruler with a close interest in cars, it was natural that he should choose a Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé as his personal transport. It was the spiritual heir to the great pre-war Mercedes-Benz models such as the 540 K and was intended for heads of state, the aristocracy, and leading industrialists. It was a third more expensive than a 300 SL Gullwing sports car and considerably rarer.

    The 300 S shared much of the Gullwing's basic running gear and suspension, though these were tuned not for outright performance but to transport its owner in comfort, silence, and luxury. With 150bhp, 170lb/ft of torque, and an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox, the 300 S not only cosseted its occupants but was capable of 110mph with excellent handling. As a two-seater, it was a car that the King himself drove; it was a personal purchase, rather than a government vehicle for state occasions. As a royal car, the Mercedes was maintained with no regard to cost for the 20 years that the King kept it. That length of ownership itself says everything that needs to be said about this superb machine.

    Throughout its history, this original vehicle has had only three owners and it is typical of King Hussein that he became friends with its second owner. They had met by chance in a restaurant and thereafter remained in correspondence. The current (third) owner purchased the ex-King Hussein 300 S at Brooks' Nürburgring Sale in August 1999 (Lot 177).

    The car had some restoration carried out circa 15 years ago, when a substantial part of the chassis and under-body was worked on and repainted, and much of the brightwork re-chromed. We are advised that the engine runs but could do with a tune-up, followed by a lengthy drive to stretch its legs. The old fuel has been drained and replaced. The car was last MoT'd in 2001, since when it has been stored in London.

    Finished in silver with a red leather interior, this superb example of a very rare motor car is featured on pages 128 and 129 of Graham Robson's book, 'Magnificent Mercedes'.
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