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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC

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The Mercedes-Benz 300S was a very rare and expensive vehicle, with a price tag that exceeded the cost of the 300SL sports car, and was almost double the price of the contemporary top-of-the-range Cadillac. This was also one of the first Mercedes-Benz to be given an all-new design in the post-war era, debuting at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1951. Its arrival re-established Mercedes-Benz as a prestigious car manufacturer, and signaled a return to the marque's tradition of building high-performance luxury automobiles to the finest quality and standards. The 300 was initially offered in cabriolet and saloon models on the W186 chassis. The shorter and sportier W188 chassis would also be used to provide customers with coupe, roadster, and cabriolet versions. These were not only lighter than the saloon, but they were also more powerful, thanks to their triple (as opposed to twin) Solex carburetors and a raised compression ratio.

The 3-liter overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine initially developed 115 horsepower. Power was boosted for the succeeding 300B and 300C models, finally gaining fuel injection (which had been used in the 300SL) in the re-styled 300D of 1957. Fuel was injected directly into the cylinders but the fuel-injection pump was driven by a chain instead of a gear train.

Other improvements made during its production lifespan included larger brakes (with servo-assistance from 1954), optional power steering (on the 300D) and the adoption of three-speed automatic transmission as standard on the latter.

The 300S (Super) was lavishly equipped with supple leather upholstery, burr walnut trim, chromium-plated dashboard instrumentation and precision-made switchgear.

The top offering of the series was the 300Sc. Power was from a 175 horsepower engine featuring Bosch fuel injection. The words 'Einspritzmotor' (fuel-injected engine) on the rear bumper. It was given a revised rear suspension setup with single-pivot swing axles similar to that of the 300 SL Roadster. To help handle the improved performance, Mercedes-Benz fitted servo-assisted brakes, optional from 1954, were standardized. Trim changes included chromed cooling vents around each fender, perforated chromed disc wheels, and enlarged turn signals.

145 examples of the 300Sc were sold in 1955 through 1956. Just 52 units were sold in 1957 and three more in 1958 after production came to a close. Production totals included 49 cabriolets, 53 roadsters, and 98 coupes.

This particular example has been given a complete restoration in California, where the current owner acquired it following long-term ownership by two Pacific Coast residents. The Black (DB114) finish was applied in six stages, then sanded and buffed. The interior features the correct Red (1079) leather which is new and hand-stitched for a precision fit, as is the top pad and headliner.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 300SC

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 188.013.6500061
Sold for USD$478,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet
Chassis#: 188.013.7500015
Sold for USD$750,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 188013 6500105
Sold for USD$901,646
  2016 Bonhams - The Mercedes-Benz Sale
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupé
Chassis#: 188.014.7500024
Sold for USD$545,743
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Paris
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupe
Chassis#: 18801465000999
Sold for USD$198,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Roadster
Chassis#: 18801-75-00030
Sold for USD$317,794
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC
Sold for USD$418,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC image  1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC image  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Roadster
Chassis#: 1880157500039
Sold for USD$310,000
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC ROADSTER
Sold for USD$321,750
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2004
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Roadster
Sold for USD$225,500
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Mercedes-Benz 300SCs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupe188014.75000142022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours $550,000$650,000
1957 Mercedes 300SC Cabriolet A 2017 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels Auction $800,000$1,000,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet A188.013.65001452016 RM Sothebys : Arizona$900,000$1,000,000$1,300,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz SC 300 Coupe 2009 Mecum St. Charles Auction$115,000  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC 2007 Mecum High Performance Auction at St. Charles, Il$70,000  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Roadster 2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$240,000  
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $280,000$320,000
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SC CABRIOLET 2003 Kruse Auction, Oklahoma City, OK$290,000  

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