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Lot 215: Mercedes-Benz 300SE Saloon

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

The 300SE was Mercedes-Benz's flagship model at the time of its introduction in 1961, superseding the 300 'Adenauer', and would remain so until the arrival of the 600 'Grosser Mercedes' in 1963. One of four models to share the new 'fin tail' body style first seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1959, the 300SE entered production in saloon form, with coupé and cabriolet models arriving the following year. Although similar in appearance to the contemporary 220, the 300SE was mechanically more refined, featuring self-levelling air suspension that would later feature on the 600, power assisted steering, servo assisted disc brakes on all four wheels and, from August 1963, dual-circuit braking. From 1964 the 2,996cc, Bosch fuel-injected, six-cylinder all-alloy engine produced 170bhp (DIN), an output sufficient to propel the luxuriously equipped 300SE to around 200km/h, or 195km/h when equipped with the optional four-speed automatic transmission. As is the case with all of Mercedes-Benz's many flagship models, ownership of the 300SE was confined to a wealthy few; indeed, at the time of its launch in 1961, coincidental with that of the Jaguar E-Type, one could have bought two of the British sports cars for the price of a single 300SE! Only 5,202 had been sold when production ceased in 1965. An automatic transmission model, the 300SE offered here is finished in the very rare and exclusive colour combination of Tunis beige metallic (DB 462) with nicely patinated original Turquoise leather interior trim (DB 222). Obviously well maintained, the car was purchased by the last (third) owner 21 years ago and has been driven regularly, passing the Contrôle Technique ten times during this period. Extensive maintenance was undertaken by the last owner including a full re-spray, cylinder head overhaul, brightwork re-chromed or replaced, suspension overhauled and new exhaust, brakes, tyres, etc. A total of ¬46,000 has been spent over the last 20,000 kilometres, as detailed in accompanying bills from recognised specialists. We are advised that the engine does not smoke and shows steady oil pressure while idling. Offered with a large history file, this 300SE represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare, top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz luxury saloon.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number215
Estimate€20000-€30000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€22000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€25300
Year1965
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Chassis number112014-12-008004
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Number of doors4