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1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster

  • Chassis Number: 18801200309/53
The Mercedes-Benz 300S was one of the world's most exclusive automobiles with a price tag that was nearly double that of a contemporary top-of-the-range Cadillac. It was one of Mercedes-Benz's first all-new designs of the post-war era and made its debut in 1951 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Custom built by Mercedes-Benz's most experienced craftsmen, the Mercedes-Benz 300 was a high-performance luxury automobile of the finest quality and trimmed with materials of the highest quality. Luxuriously appointed, the 300S was one of the few contemporary vehicles capable of carrying six passengers in comfort at sustained high speeds.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 was unofficially known as 'Adenauer' after German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, its most famous customer.

The 300 Saloon was joined by the 300S Super in October 1951 when it debuted at the Paris Salon. The 300 saloon chassis was given two-seater Coupe, Cabriolet, and Roadster coachwork and was powered by a more potent engine with triple (as opposed to twin) Solex carburetors and raised compression ratio. With 150 horsepower on tap, the two-seater 300S was capable of achieving top speeds of 110 mph.

This 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster is powered by a 2,996cc SOHC inline 6-cylinder engine that is paired with a four-speed manual 'Floor Shift' transmission. There is an independent suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. It left the Stuttgart-Untertürheim Mercedes-Benz plant in 1953, built largely by hand, and is believed to have remained in Europe for the first few years. Early into its existence, the car returned to the Mercedes-Benz factory where the traditional column-mounted gearshift assembly was changed to the floor-mounted position. During the 1950s, the car made its way to the United States and was here purchased by Mr. Weil, a Bay Area, California resident in 1959. The car has remained in the Weil family ever since, passing on to Mr. Weil's son, and recently passed on to Mr. Weil's granddaughter.

In 1969, this Mercedes-Benz received a professional restoration. The engine received a rebuild in later years, less than 4,000 miles ago. Its exterior is finished in yellow and the interior is Tobacco-colored. There is a factory-fitted Becker Nürburg radio, VDO gauges, and the rear luggage compartment is trimmed with original factory Karl Baisch-fitted luggage, with tartan lining. Also in the trunk are two spare wheels, a factory jack and a wheel wrench.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2022

2022 Bonhams : The Quail Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $445,000

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 300S

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster
Chassis#: 188.012.00301/53
Sold for USD$735,000
  2023 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster
Chassis#: 18801200309/53
Sold for USD$445,000
  2022 Bonhams : The Quail Auction
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 188.010.00.202/53
Sold for USD$621,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S image  
1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S ROADSTER
Chassis#: 188012.00167/53
Sold for USD$472,500
  2022 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster
Chassis#: 188.012.00119/53
Sold for USD$679,909
  2020 RM Sothebys : London Online
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster Custom
Chassis#: IDC0003595ZZ
Sold for USD$401,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
 
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$812,241
  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
 

Mercedes-Benz 300Ss That Failed To Sell At Auction

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster188.012.00305/532024 Broad Arrow Auctions : Amelia $325,000$375,000
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe Coachwork by Sindelfingen188011-000282024 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $330,000$400,000
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A188.010.00169/532021 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris $350,000$450,000
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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1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S

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