1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134

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Lot 107
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé
Coachwork by Sindelfingen Registration no. 955 XVG Chassis no. 188 014 6500134

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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé
Coachwork by Sindelfingen

Registration no. 955 XVG
Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
• One of only 200 built
• Coachbuilt in the traditional manner
• The most desirable of all Mercedes-Benz's post-war luxury models
• Formerly part of the Key Collection
• Present ownership since 2019

Footnotes

  • We have found that the Car will require some adjustments on the Fuel injection system. The Vendor will have this rectified post-sale on behalf of the buyer.

    Please note that this car will require recommissioning before it can be started or driven, please see the note in the history file for details.
    Right from the marque's creation in 1926 by the merger of Daimler-Benz and Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz's top-of-the-range models have ranked in the forefront of the world's greatest automobiles. Throughout the 1950s the company's flagship model was the 300S, a luxurious Grand Tourer in the tradition of the pre-war 540 K that was both lighter and faster than its illustrious predecessor. Mercedes-Benz's first prestige car of the post-WW2 period, the 300 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1951. The range comprised the six-light, four-door saloon and similar-sized cabriolet, plus a trio of two-door variants built on a shorter wheelbase.

    Like the majority of 1950s luxury cars, the 300 retained a separate chassis, though unlike most of its rivals could boast all-independent suspension. Later to form the basis of the immortal 300SL sports car's, the 3.0-litre, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine produced 115bhp, an output good enough to endow the saloon with a genuine 100mph maximum speed despite an all-up weight of 1,780kg (almost 4,000lbs). And while not unique in that respect, the 300 could cruise at close to its maximum speed while transporting six passengers in comfort in a manner that few of its contemporaries could match.

    Even more performance was available to those in a position to afford a 300S. At US$12,500 the latter was more than double the price of the most expensive Cadillac and costlier than a 300 SL, so remained the province of a highly select clientele. Built in coupé, cabriolet and roadster versions, the 300S enjoyed an extra 35bhp courtesy of an increased compression ratio and three - as opposed to two - Solex downdraft carburettors. Its top speed was 176km/h (109mph), a figure improved upon by the subsequent 300Sc introduced towards the end of 1955 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 300Sc featured a 175bhp dry-sump engine equipped with Bosch fuel injection, and boasted revised rear suspension with single-pivot swing axles similar to that of the 300SL Roadster, a development that enhanced both roadholding and handling. The car's top speed was now 180km/h (112mph) with 100km/h (62mph) reachable in around 13 seconds. To cope with the improved performance, servo-assisted brakes, optional from 1954, were standardised.

    Restored in Europe in the 1990s, this ultra-rare 300Sc coupé is finished in red with tan leather interior, the latter featuring a sunroof, fog lights, and Becker Mexico radio. A rare find indeed, this beautiful car was purchased by the Key Collection at a US auction and imported into the UK in November 2019.

    The current vendor purchased the Mercedes at Bonhams' sale at the Goodwood Members Meeting in April 2019 (Lot 77). Post auction, the car was formally imported into the UK and after a thorough inspection by the DVLA was assigned a registration number and a V5C document.

    Since acquisition the car has been thoroughly inspected and repaired by A&A Merctech of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Repairs included a new clutch, gear linkage, and cleansing the fuel tank and lines. Small dents in the wings were repaired and the bodywork re-sprayed.

    Coachbuilt in the traditional manner by Sindelfingen, the 300S family represents a standard of excellence that has rarely been equalled; only materials of the finest quality were used for the hand finished interiors, which were comparable with those of the contemporary Rolls-Royce. The 300Sc is widely regarded by discerning collectors as the most desirable of all Mercedes-Benz's post-war luxury models. Only 200 examples of the 300Sc were built and survivors are both rare and highly sought after.

Saleroom notices

  • We have found that the Car will require some adjustments on the Fuel injection system. The Vendor will have this rectified post-sale on behalf of the buyer. Please note that this car will require recommissioning before it can be started or driven, please see the note in the history file for details.
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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé  Chassis no. 188 014 6500134
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