<b>1953  Mercedes-Benz  300S Roadster</b><br />  Chassis no. 188012.00167/53<br /> Engine no. 188012.00167/53<br /> Body no. 1881800060/53

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Lot 52
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster

Sold for US$ 472,500 inc. premium
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster
Chassis no. 188012.00167/53
Engine no. 188012.00167/53
Body no. 1881800060/53
2,996cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 Solex Carburetors
150bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Recently discovered 'Barn Find' example of highly collectible Mercedes-Benz model
*One of just 141 examples of the 300S Roadster produced
*Exciting and worthy restoration project
*Highly desirable, hand-built Flagship Mercedes-Benz model



THE MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SERIES

More expensive than the 300SL sports car and almost double the price of the contemporary top-of-the-range Cadillac, the Mercedes-Benz 300S was one of the world's most exclusive automobiles. It is also historically significant as one of Mercedes-Benz's first all-new designs of the post-war era, debuting at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1951. The 300's arrival re-established Mercedes-Benz in the front rank of prestige car manufacturers, marking as it did a return to the marque's tradition of building high-performance luxury automobiles of the finest quality.

"To the characteristics of high performance, impressive appearance and fine detail finish which distinguished the big Mercedes models of pre-war days are added new virtues of silence, flexibility and lightness of control, while the latest rear suspension, a product of long experience on Grand Prix cars and touring cars, confers a degree of security at high speeds on rough and slippery surfaces which it would be very difficult indeed to equal," observed Autocar magazine.

Custom built by Mercedes-Benz's most experienced craftsmen, the Mercedes-Benz 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. The 300 was the car of choice among West German government officials, and throughout Europe and the USA was widely favored by businessmen, financiers and politicians. Indeed, 'Adenauer' became the 300's unofficial model name, after German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, its most famous customer.

The conservatively styled 300 Saloon was soon joined by the 300S (Super), a model that succeeded in recapturing all the elegance of the pre-war 540K. Introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1951, the 300S was built in two-seater Coupe, Cabriolet and Roadster forms on a shortened 300 saloon chassis.

Not only was the two-seater 300S considerably lighter than the saloon, it was also more powerful, boasting an engine equipped with triple (as opposed to twin) Solex carburetors and a raised compression ratio. Maximum power output was increased to 150bhp and top speed to 110mph (176km/h). Unlike some of its spartanly furnished contemporaries, the 300S boasted a lavishly equipped interior featuring supple leather upholstery; beautiful burr walnut trim, chromium-plated dashboard instrumentation and precision-made switchgear.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Undeniably beautiful, the 300S models looked exactly what they were, well-built, well-engineered and designed. Mercedes-Benz was arguably far ahead of the curve with their offerings of hard to improve upon coachwork in the pre-war era. As the 1950s began they were even clearer in their tailoring of types of cars and appropriate bodies for their clientele. For the 'S' designation 300 models, the very ultimate in luxury was presented in three forms a Coupe, Cabriolet and this; the sporting Roadster.

This very example emerged from the Stuttgart-Untertürheim Mercedes-Benz plant in 1953, built largely by hand. The new 300S Roadster is believed to have remained in Europe, before being exported to Venezuela. An enthusiast from New York found the car there in the 1970s and brought it with him to the Tri State area, where the car would remain for the next 49 years. The 300S would be used on special occasions up to a few decades ago, at which point it was laid up in a New Jersey-based garage belonging to a friend of the longtime owner. Recently, the desirable and 'Sleeping Beauty' -like Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster was shipped to California, and closely examined.

Today this 300S Roadster appears as a solid car and must be one of the last unrestored examples of the rare model produced in just 141 units. Good panel fit and finish is evident throughout the car, and the doors open and close very much like a bank vault without sagging. A respray has been done at some point, while traces of the original color found throughout the car indicates that it appears to have been finished in a stunning light green metallic color from new. The interior has been retrimmed many moons ago, but the hardware and seat brackets appear to be all original. Original chrome and brightwork remains on the car, as does much of the glass. Bosch headlight and driving lights are fitted out front. What appears to be the original wood adorns the Roadster cabin, and a factory-fitted Becker Nürburg radio is situated in the dashboard. Correct and most likely the original VDO gauges including the kilometer per hour speedometer remains in situ. The engine compartment remains largely original, with original bracketry and hardware intact, including the original ID, chassis, coachwork and engine number plates.

Today this elegant and very rare 300S Roadster offers the perfect canvas for a comprehensive restoration. The factory-correctness is impressive throughout, and it is apparent that the inherent quality of these impressive Flag Ship Mercedes-Benz models shines through now nearly seven decades after it was built. It has often been said that any great restoration starts with a great car, and the chance offered here to bring this luxurious Mercedes-Benz back to its former glory should not be missed.





Saleroom notices

  • Please note, that a copy of the original factory production record is now on file, confirming that this car retains its matching numbers engine no. 188.920.00172/53, and that it was delivered new to Venezuela in a Light Blue (DB 334).
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