1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 112-023-22-004153 Engine no. 189-985-22-000584

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Lot 223
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet
Registration no. ADE 340A Chassis no. 112-023-22-004153 Engine no. 189-985-22-000584

Sold for £ 18,400 (US$ 22,232) inc. premium
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet
Registration no. ADE 340A
Chassis no. 112-023-22-004153
Engine no. 189-985-22-000584

Footnotes

  • ‘Hidden beneath the beautiful exterior of every Mercedes is the most advanced automobile engineering to be found anywhere in the world. The Mercedes-Benz 300SE Convertible is a case in point. Symbolising luxury, power and the ultimate in sophistication, it is a car that has few equals for elegance and superb styling… for sheer technical perfection it is in a class of its own. A thoroughbred in appearance, a tiger in performance, the Mercedes-Benz 300SE Convertible stands alone. Like every Mercedes-Benz it possesses an air of distinction and quality that reflects the unique personality of its fortunate owner.’ - Mercedes-Benz.
    Although Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class saloons - first seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1965 - used the so-called ‘New Generation’ bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the timelessly elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1959 on the 220SE and, as befitted top-of-the-range luxury models, came equipped with air conditioning, electric windows and stereo radio as standard. The 300SE employed a fuel-injected version of Mercedes-Benz’s new, overhead-camshaft, seven-bearing ‘six’ displacing 2,996cc and developing 170bhp (DIN) at 5,400rpm. There was a choice of four-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while the rear suspension featured Mercedes-Benz’s hydro-pneumatic self-levelling system. Thus equipped, the 300SE was good for 120mph, with 60mph reachable in 12 seconds. Today all examples of these classic Coupés and Cabriolets are highly sought after.
    This right-hand drive 300SE Cabriolet was purchased by the current titled owner in June 2003. The immediately preceding owner had bought the car, which was partially restored, in 1990 and completed its restoration, which included a bare metal repaint in original Mercedes-Benz DB050 Weiss, re-plating of brightwork and installation of a new mohair hood and headlining. No expense was spared in keeping the car in 1st class order, as evidenced by bills on file for this period totalling circa £30,000. Indeed, it was reported as having been utterly reliable during the 14 years and 8,000 miles in the preceding owner’s care.
    Soon after its acquisition by the current vendor, chassis number ‘004153’ was sent to Goudhurst Service Station where the woodwork was re-veneered and the brakes overhauled at a cost of £3,000 (invoice available). Some 96,800 miles have been covered to date, (8,800 of them since 1988) and there are 15 expired MoTs and four old tax discs on file.
    An automatic transmission model, ‘ADE 340A’ is offered with the aforementioned restoration invoices and old MoTs/tax discs; a substantial quantity of restoration photographs; Vehicle Inspection and Valuation Report (November 2001); current road fund licence; MoT to October 2009 and Swansea V5. The can be few better surviving examples of this iconic model.
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 112-023-22-004153 Engine no. 189-985-22-000584
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 112-023-22-004153 Engine no. 189-985-22-000584
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 112-023-22-004153 Engine no. 189-985-22-000584
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 112-023-22-004153 Engine no. 189-985-22-000584
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