17 August 1997,
New York, Park Avenue
Price realised USD 46,000
USD 25,000 - USD 35,000
1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis No. 112 0211200 09579
Diamond blue metallic with parchment leather interior
Engine: six cylinder, 2,996cc giving 160bhp at 5,000rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: independent front and rear with air suspension at the rear; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
In the late 1950's Mercedes-Benz found itself with a fine lineup of modern, powerful engines but a somewhat dated range of bodystyles. This shortcoming was answered in part by the introduction of the new 220 Series at the Frankfurt Show. The second generation 220 had a completely new and elegant bodywork, longer, wider and lower than before. Flanking the traditional Mercedes grill were vertically stacked headlights, contoured into fenders that swept back into an angular trail.
As an update to the 300 Series of Mercedes-Benz, it was decided that in 1961 the 300 SE should be introduced utilizing the body from the 22SEb. With an engine inherited from the 300Sc and 300SL, the car was designed for the same market as the 300S and 300Sc, aimed not at the rich sportscar purchaser of the 1950's, but at the more sedate and practical buyer who wanted a large grand touring car with air suspension, large trunk, plenty of leg room and room for three passengers in the rear.
This six-cylinder fuel injected Mercedes has been in the present owner's collection for a year and has undergone only partial restoration. He states, however that it is a very nice driver and would be good for everday use due to the smoothness of ride which it offers coupled with the comfort and quality always expected of a Mercedes.
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