<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287

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1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D

Sold for US$ 257,600 inc. premium
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D
Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367
Engine no. 189980.12.9500287

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
*Desirable open top Cabriolet D 'Adenauer'
*One of only 65 such cars built and a genuine US-market car
*Equipped with Bosch fuel injection, automatic transmission, power steering, and air conditioning


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

This 1959 300 Cabriolet D is a marvelous example of Mercedes-Benz's iconic luxury car. The four-door Cabriolet one of the most desirable models in the Adenauer range, with stunning presence and exceptional rarity – as it is one of just 22 cabriolets built in 1959, out of a total production of only 65 units. This original US-market example comes recently from an extensive private collection, and it presents in an elegant dark, non-metallic green with black interior trim and a black hood. It features an attractive, well-maintained older restoration with high-quality paintwork and excellent, straight panels. The paint has a deep gloss, with only a few minor imperfections and touch-ups accounting for the car's careful and occasional use. The extensive chrome and brightwork are in similarly fine order, appearing straight and with excellent finishing. Bumpers, headlight trims, and the proud, upright radiator grille present in excellent order, with only minor polish marks visible upon close inspection. It retains appropriate Bosch lamps all around and rides on proper chrome wheels with color-keyed hubcaps and wide-whitewall cross-ply tires.

Passengers enjoy opulent, wood-and-leather trimmed accommodations. The generous seats are trimmed in black leather, and display a wonderful character with light creasing and a pleasing luster. The door cards are upholstered to match, capped with beautiful wood trim that wraps around to include the dash and windscreen pillars. The dash features original instruments, switches, and bright metal trim, along with the signature ivory two-spoke steering wheel. The convertible top is covered in correct-type German canvas and includes a matching boot.

Verified by the Mercedes-Benz data card, this car retains its original engine, which is in strong running order. The sophisticated Bosch fuel injection remains in place, and the engine features power steering as well as a modern-type rotary compressor for the trunk-mounted Arti-Kar air conditioning system. Backing the engine is the preferred automatic transmission, which allows for the ultimate luxury motoring experience. The presentation of the big 3.0-liter engine is excellent, with high quality painted finishes on the air cleaner and ancillaries, plus numerous period correct decals and labels. Aside from the A/C unit, the generous trunk houses the spare wheel, jack and lug wrench, and features the original rubber lining.

With its lovely presentation, this car earned an Award of Excellence at the 2017 Classic Sports Sunday concours, part of the prestigious Palm Beach Cavallino Classic. It is a beautiful example of this rare, exquisitely engineered, and highly desirable Adenauer; ready for enjoyment on the road or for display in regional concours events where its exceptional rarity and commanding presence can be appreciated.

Footnotes

  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under chassis no. 9500367.
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<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
<b>1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D</b><br />Chassis no. 189033.12.9500367<br />Engine no. 189980.12.9500287
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