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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC

Chassis number : 188015.5500016

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Sold for $698,000 at 2021 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction.
The Mercedes-Benz 300S was an exclusive, expensive, and rare automobile. It was one of Mercedes-Benz's first all-new designs of the post-war era. It made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1951 and helped re-establish Mercedes-Benz's tradition of building high-performance luxury automobiles of the finest quality.

The lower and mid-priced Mercedes-Benz of the 1950s adopted a unitary chassis/body construction. The traditional separate frame was given to the 300 which enabled a wide variety of coachbuilt body types to be offered. The cross-braced, oval-tube chassis was similar to the 170S and 220 models, with an independent suspension setup in the front and back along with four-wheel drum brakes. It was given the refinements of hypoid bevel final drive, dynamically balanced wheels and remote electrical control of the rear suspension ride height.

The 300SL Sports Cars initially used a 3-liter, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine with fuel injection and produced 115 horsepower. The succeeding 300B and 300C models received a boost in power, finally gaining fuel injection in the restyled 300D of 1957.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 was luxuriously appointed and trimmed with materials of the highest quality. These custom built cars were fast and elegant, and capable of carrying six passengers in comfort at high speeds.

In October of 1951, at the Paris Salon, the conservatively styled 300 Saloon was joined by the 300S (Super) in two-seater Coupe, Cabriolet and Roadster configurations on a shortened 300 saloon chassis. The 300S was lighter than the saloon and had more power, thanks in-part to triple Solex carburetors and a raised compression ratio.

The top offering of the series was the 300Sc. Power was from a 175 horsepower dry-sump engine equipped with Bosch fuel injection system. They had a revised rear suspension setup with single-pivot swing axles in similar fashion to the 300SL Roadster. Servo-assisted brakes, optional from 1954, were standard equipment.

Just 200 examples of the 300Sc were built over the 4 years of production, and just 53 of those were Roadsters.

This particular example is the 16th of 53 Sc Roadsters built and was delivered in their DB50 designated white paintwork, with black leather hides. When new, it was sent to New York where it was sold to its first owner.

In the mid-1990s, the car was given a restoration where its paintwork was changed in favor of the triple black scheme combination. It has a black exterior, black convertible top, and a black interior. The odometer currently shows a little over 500 miles since the restoration was completed.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016

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2021 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $775,000-USD $875,000 
Sale Price :
USD $698,000

2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $950,000-USD $1,150,000 
Lot was not sold

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SC

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupe
Chassis#: 188.014.5500027
Sold for USD$500,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster
Chassis#: 188.015.5500005
Sold for USD$775,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Roadster
Chassis#: 188015.5500016
Sold for USD$698,000
  2021 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SC CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 188.013.5500007
Sold for USD$748,000
  2020 Gooding : Geared Online
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupe
Chassis#: 188.014.5500029
Sold for USD$485,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SC ROADSTER
Chassis#: 188.015.6500069
Sold for USD$951,000
  2020 Bonhams : Quail Motorcar Auction
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc 'Sunroof' Coupe
Chassis#: 188.014.6500070
Sold for USD$368,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Coupé
Chassis#: 188 014 6500134
Sold for USD$465,982
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupé
Chassis#: 188.014.6500034
Sold for USD$511,345
  2019 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster
Chassis#: 188.015.5500026
Sold for USD$885,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster
Chassis#: 188.015.6500069
Sold for USD$1,072,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupe
Chassis#: 188.014.5500029
Sold for USD$671,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupé
Chassis#: 188 014 6500123
Sold for USD$439,703
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet
Chassis#: 188.013.6500077
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupe
Chassis#: 188.014.5500029
Sold for USD$550,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet
Chassis#: 188.013-6500133
Sold for USD$825,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Cabriolet
Chassis#: 188.013.6500077
Sold for USD$990,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster
Chassis#: 188.015.5500026
Sold for USD$962,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC 3 Window Coupe
Sold for USD$190,000
  2009 Mecum - Monterey Auction
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC
Sold for USD$286,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC image  

Mercedes-Benz 300 SCs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC COUPÉ188 014 65001342021 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale $380,000$440,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Sunroof Coupe188.014.65000702019 RM Sothebys : Hershey $475,000$525,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster188.015.55000052019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $800,000$1,000,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet188.013.55000072019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $800,000$1,000,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Coupe18801455000292016 Mecum : Monterey$450,000  
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC ROADSTER188015.55000162016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $950,000$1,150,000
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC COUPE188014.55000292016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa $650,000$750,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC CoupeA18801465000402010 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $225,000$265,000

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