1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet / 188.010.00202/53 Vehicle Information

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S photograph

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S photograph

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S photograph

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S photograph

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S photograph

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 188.010.00202/53
Engine #: 188.920.00208/53
High bid of $600,000 at 2014 RM Auctions at Monterey. (did not sell)
Mercedes-Benz introduced the 300 Series at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1951. It was designed specifically for the export market and it featured a modern wraparound windshield and flush-mounted headlights. During its initial introduction, the 300 Series was available only in four-door configuration, as either a saloon or cabriolet. In mid-1952, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 300 S, or 'Super' and it combined the elements of the existing 300 Series with the upcoming (but delayed) 300 SL sports car. The biggest improvement was under the hood, with a 30 percent increase in horsepower, from 115 to 150. Top speed was a remarkable 110 mph. It also had a wraparound windshield and a curved rear body line.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 S came equipped with a comprehensive list of standard equipment including no-glare mirrors, vacuum-assisted brakes, backup lights, reclining seats, and windshield washers. The price tag was equally impressive as the power and luxury, costing as much as 10 standard cars. The $12,680 price tag was part of the reason just 560 examples of the 300 S were built, with 203 of those being cabriolets.

The 300 S introduced three new bodies on a 25-centimeter shorter chassis, a coupe, cabriolet, and roadster. The styling was fresh and modern and the interior was most impressive. The lavish interior had supple leather, glossy and burled walnut trim, a dash with chrome-accented instruments, and a switchgear that was made with the precision of fine jewelry.

This particular cabriolet was maintained in the care of its original owner from 1953 until 1979. The second owner treated the car to a no-expense-spared restoration that was completed in 2010. The car is finished in Medium Red and has matching wheels and center caps and a convertible top that is finished in the correct fabric. Inside, there is tan leather upholstery, which is trimmed with wool carpeting. There is a set of handmade reproduction German pigskin luggage, two spare tires and period-correct whitewalls, an original tool roll, and the correct jack.

Since the restoration was completed in 2010, the car has won numerous First Place awards at the Greystone Mansion, Palos Verdes, Santa Barbara, and Dana Point Concours d'Elegance, as well as at the San Marino Motor Classic.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014


2014 RM Auctions at Monterey

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $600,000

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé
Chassis#: 188011 00318/53
Sold for USD$381,636
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster
Chassis#: 188.012.00170/53
Sold for USD$506,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  
1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S ROADSTER
Chassis#: 188012 00071/53
Sold for USD$868,978
  2016 Bonhams - The Mercedes-Benz Sale
 
1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 1880100020253
Sold for USD$643,500
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe
Chassis#: 188011.00088/52
Sold for USD$511,500
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster
Chassis#: 188.012.00301.53
Sold for USD$605,606
  2014 RM Auctions - Paris
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 188.010.3500280
Sold for USD$440,158
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster
Chassis#: 188.012.00220/53
Sold for USD$550,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
 
1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S C CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$264,000
  2006 Barrett-Jackson - Palm Beach 2006
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S
Chassis#: 1880100019053
Sold for USD$225,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S
Sold for USD$63,600
  2003 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S CABRIOLET
Sold for USD$160,600
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A188.010.00202/532014 RM Auctions at Monterey$600,000  
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction $175,000$225,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300S1953 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 188.010.00202/53
Engine Num: 188.920.00208/53
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300S1953 Sedan
Chassis Num: 188.012.00170/53
Engine Num: 188.920.00175.53
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 S1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: 00238/53
Engine Num: 00245/53
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 S1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 188.011.4500032
Engine Num: 188.920.4500031
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 S1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: 188.012.3500355
Engine Num: 188.920.00074/53
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 S1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 188011.3500356
Engine Num: 188920.3500363


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