<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696

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Lot 209
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300d 'Adenauer'

Sold for US$ 38,500 inc. premium
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300d 'Adenauer'
Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696

2,996cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
115bhp at 5,000rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*The premier German luxury sedan of the 1950s
*Lovely, driver condition
*In the care of the present owner for over 15 years
*The top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz model


THE MERCEDES-BENZ 300 'ADENAUER'

One of Mercedes-Benz's first all-new designs of the post-war era, the 300 saloon debuted in 1951 and would succeed in re-establishing the Stuttgart firm in the front rank of prestige motor manufacturers, marking as it did a return to the marque's tradition of building high-performance luxury automobiles of the finest quality.

The 300 featured independent suspension all round, four-wheel drum brakes, hypoid bevel final drive, dynamically balanced wheels and remote electrical control of the rear suspension ride height. Initially developing 115bhp, the 3.0-liter, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine, also used in the 300 SL sports car, gained the latter's fuel injection in the restyled, longer wheelbase (and even more roomier) 300d of 1957. Other improvements included larger brakes (servo-assisted from 1954), optional power steering (on the 300d) and the adoption of three-speed automatic transmission as standard on the latter.

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 was widely favored by businessmen, financiers and politicians. Indeed, 'Adenauer' became its unofficial model name, after German Chancellor Dr Konrad Adenauer, its most famous customer.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Between 1957 and 1962 when production ceased, Mercedes-Benz made 3,077 300d saloons, this car being one of 607 completed in 1959. Although the early history of the car is yet unknown, it was acquired by the current owner—purported only the second keeper of the car—15 years ago. The 300 had been a regular sight at local car shows in the St. Cloud, Minnesota area and still carried UK registration plates that are understood to have been issued by the town of Brighton in 1971 when it caught the eye of the current owner who eventually was able to buy it.

Trimmed in black over grey cloth, it is largely original barring the addition of aftermarket air conditioning, Fiamm air horns, and Cibie driving lights. It is equipped with the automatic transmission with which it left the factory.

Showing nicely today, it is a lovely example of a rarely seen model. Despite far exceeding the production of the 300SL, Adenaurs are exceedingly rare given their technically advanced drive trains and high restoration costs. Finding one that is in nice, driver condition such as this one is a real treat and will no doubt provide many happy and comfy miles in the future to the next owner.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the chassis and engine numbers for this car are 189.010-12001696 and 189980129500313 respectively, and its title is in transit.
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<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
<B>1959 Mercedes-Benz  300d 'Adenauer'</B><BR />Chassis no. 189.010.412.0011696
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