Mercedes-Benz's vast 300D was the ultimate evolution of the 300 sedan series that debuted in 1951 and evolved through the B and C variants to the 300D, which incorporated parts from the legendary 300SL. The Mercedes-Benz 300 Series, from road racing champion to limousine of the Chancellor of Germany, was a potent social icon in post-war Germany.
The giant 300D's direct-overhead-cam, six-cylinder engine shared the 300SL's valves and Bosch fuel injection, and produced 160 horsepower. It was the perfect car to transport the Chief of State on the Autobahn at high speed. The D was the ultimate evolution of the 300 Series sedan.
The Brumos Collection is the second owner of this vehicle.
Sold for $30,250 at 2016 RM Auctions. Mercedes-Benz's most-prestigious and largest models through the 1950s was the Type 300. They were an exclusive, elegant, and expensive automobile. These touring cars were often referred to as Adenauer's after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, in office from 1949 to 1963. These large saloons and four-door cabriolets were given many luxurious features including Becker radio, VHF mobile telephone and dictation machine.
Introduced in August 1957, the 300D was the linear successor to the 300C. It had a longer wheelbase, fuel injection and hardtop configuration transforming it into a pillarless phaeton. The longer wheelbase provided greater rear legroom and established the car as a true limousine.
The 300D was powered by a slightly detuned version of the 300SL, producing 180 horsepower and mated with an automatic transmission. Power brakes, power steering, and Artic-Kar air-conditioning were added as options.
During its production lifespan, a total of 3,077 300D models were produced through March 1962, when it was replaced by the 600 Model.
This particular example currently has under 15,000 kilometers, which may well be original, as may be the Black DB 40 paint. It has a Becker Grand Prix radio, with rear speakers and buttons marked with a clarinet, base clef, and treble clef.
This car is powered by a 2996cc inline six-cylinder engine offering 115 horsepower. It has a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic internal expanding front and rear drum brakes. By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2016
The Mercedes-Benz 300D was introduced in 1951 and produced through 1954. The 300 Series, also known as the W186, was first shown at the 1951 Paris Auto Show. The car instantly became popular with the social elite, the rich, and the famous. The cars were powered by a six-cylinder overhead valve carbureted engine. There were seven Mercedes-Benz colors to select from. Optional equipment included a Becker radio, VHF short-wave telephone, custom wood trims, leather or cloth seats, carpeting, and a dictation machine, to name a few.
In late 1954, the model was updated resulting in the 300b. The 300b included improvements such as finned drum brakes, a brake booster, and vents in the front door.
The next installment of the 300 was the 300c, which appeared in 1955 and continued through 1957. A sedan version of the 300C cost over $10,800 while the convertible version cost $14,230.
The 300 'd' model, series W189, was produced from August of 1957 and continued until March of 1962. There were a total of 3077 examples produced. The cars were powered by a Bosch fuel-injected six-cylinder engine that produced an impressive 160 horsepower. The Borg-Warner automatic gearbox was a popular option. All cars that were sent to the US were given the automatic gearbox.
Total production of the six different 300 series cars, which lasted from 1951 through 1962, totaled 12,290 units.
A limited number of the 300 Series sedan and cabriolet models were given the name 'Adenauer', which was derived from Dr. Konrad Adenauer, the chancellor of Germany. He used six of these 300 models during his time in office. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007
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