1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 Sc ROADSTER
COACHWORK BY DAIMLER BENZ, SINDELFINGEN
Chassis No. 1880157500045
Engine No. To be advised
Colour. Maroon coachwork with tan leather interior and top
Engine; six-cylinder in-line, single overhead camshaft, 2,996cc, 175bhp at 5,400rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual all synchromesh gearbox; Suspension: front, independent with coil springs, rear, single pivot swing axle with coil springs; Brakes: four-wheel hydraluic drum brakes with servo assistance. Left-hand drive.
The 3 litre six-cylinder 300 S model Mercedes-Benz was first exhibited in October 1951 at the Paris Salon and production began in 1952. It was designed for the discriminating sports car enthusiast, and was to follow on the pre-war concept of the famous 500 K and 540 K Series cars which matched elegance with power. These new Sindelfingen coachbuilt cars were to set a new standard of excellence that has to this day rarely been equalled, and provided a performance far superior to their pre-war counterparts. For example, the Supercharged 540 K models were developing about 180bhp and weighed nearly 6,000 lbs., the 300Sc has almost similar power and weighs only 4,000 lbs., and with more responsive suspension and better tyres was much faster. In fact, the famous pre-war Mercedes Grand Prix driver Karl Kling drove around Nrburgring faster in one of these cars than any other previous road production Mercedes.
Three body styles were available; Coupe, Convertible Coupe and Roadster, and each body was hand-finished to an exacting standard. The interior design and fittings were of the finest materials and comparable to any Rolls-Royce. The full-width dashboard with its complement of instruments is finished in Carpathian burled elm wood, as is the trim around both doors and side windows. Located directly in front of the steering wheel is a large round speedometer which sits proud of the other oblong-shaped dials. The large well-padded front seats are trimmed in top grade leather and luxury pile carpet is used throughout. The four speed gearbox was available with either column or floor-mounted gearchange. The spacious rear trunk had a full set of fitted personal luggage in matching interior leather trim. The 300 Series 3-litre six-cylinder engine in its final Sc configuration had Bosch direct fuel injection which provided true sports car performance with a top speed well exceeding 110mph The basis of this engine was used by the immortal 300SL Gullwing and Roadsters which both in motor sport and sales re-established Daimler Benz as one of the world's leading quality car manufacturers.
This particular 1957 300Sc Roadster is the forty-fifth built of 53 produced and has recently had a 100 point restoration. Production of the Sc Model was from September 1955 to April 1958 and in that latter year only three were completed, making this the seventh from the last built. The car is finished in Mercedes Maroon, reference number MB 516, and has a buff coloured mohair top which fully retracts into the rear of the bodywork, with full leather top cover. The superb interior has Tan Roser leather seats, perfect elm wood trim to dashboard and door and window surrounds, and is complemented by period radio, clock, and glove compartment. It is now fited with the rare and desirable four-speed floor gearchage, which we believe may have been fitted at some point after the car left the factory. It also has a full set of factory fitted luggage in the rear trunk. Other features include twin spare wheels, special city and country horns, a new set of original owner's and service manuals in English and still retains all of its tags and stickers.
The overall condition of this car can only be described as new and its present, well-known owner is recognised for his meticulous show car preparation, the resultant 'Best of Show' at Palm Springs in 1990 on its first outing exemplifying that standard. Since then, it has received a First Place at the 1997 Dallas Concours d'Elegance, First Place at the 1998 Rose Festival Concours and a Best of Show at the 1998 Metroplex Concours in Texas.
The new owner of this car will not only have what is probably the finest example of this model to exist, but a superb thoroughbred hand-built, long distance touring car that represents the highest standards of workmanship and engineering from Daimler Benz. As reported by various owners of these cars, they consider it a 'privelege' to own such a magnificent vehicle, and this is why they rarely become available.