33,922 original miles Meadowbrook Concours Blue Ribbon Winning
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300Sc CABRIOLET A
COACHWORK BY DAIMLER BENZ, SINDELFINGEN
Chassis No. 188.013.6500121
Burgundy with tan leather interior and black soft top
Engine: six cylinder, in-line, single overhead camshaft, direct fuel injection, 2,996cc, 175bhp at 5,400rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual column change; Suspension: front, independent with coil springs, rear, single pivot swing axle and coil springs; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic drum with servo. Left hand drive.
First exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1951, the 300S model Mercedes-Benz was designed for the discriminating sports car enthusiast. The car set new standards of excellence far above contemporary cars of the day. Three body styles were available, the Coupe, Roadster and Cabriolet and each car was hand-finished to exacting standards. The interior design and fittings were of the finest materials. For example, the dashboard with full complement of instruments was of Carpathian burled elm wood. Top grade leather adorned the cabin and luxury pile carpet was used throughout. The Cabriolet featured a fully padded convertible top. Personal luggage fitted neatly between the two spare wheels in the boot. Priced at $14,000, the Mercedes was built to bespoke standards and showed it handsomely. The Sc was available from 1955, again in three body styles, but fitted now with Bosch fuel injection which gave the motor 175bhp and 100mph performance. Just 200 of the Sc models were built, the breakdown being 98 Coupes, 49 Cabriolets and 53 Roadsters.
This is a 1956 Cabriolet with full matching numbers and which was fully restored by marque specialists in 2000. The car originally spent most of its life near Palm Springs, CA and was stored between 1962 and 1995. When discovered by a Mercedes collector it had a mere 33,600 miles recorded and was in very original condition albeit requiring restoration. The car was entrusted to Scott Grundfor Co. who undertook a complete ground-up restoration. Everything has been either rebuilt or cosmetically restored as necessary and the car comes with a photographic record documenting the rebuild, as well as comprehensive receipts for the work undertaken. Such items as a stainless steel exhaust were fitted and a new wiring harness put in before the car was completely repainted to the magnificent condition it shows today. The burgundy paintwork is beautiful and the panelwork is superb. The interior is correctly trimmed in tan leather and the car has a rare Becker multi-band radio fitted. The owner's stipulation was to have a cosmetically perfect car that also drives as well as it looks, and several weeks were spent road testing and shaking down the car to meet this criteria. Close to $400,000 was eventually spent including the original purchase ensuring the Cabriolet was as perfect as possible in every respect.
The hard work was rewarded when the car debuted at the Meadowbrook Concours where it was both a Class Winner and earned a coveted Blue Ribbon award. The recorded mileage now is just 33,922. This must easily be one of the best examples of its type and we are delighted to recommend the car.