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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Cabriolet

  • Chassis Number: 188.013.6500061
  • Engine Number: 199.980.6500062
Mercedes-Benz built 49 examples of the 300 SC Cabriolet A built over a three-year period, and each example was hand-built to order. Every item of the vehicle was crafted with the finest materials at Mercedes-Benz's Sindelfingen works and many components were bespoke to the owner's needs and desires, including the wood grain and finish.

The economical 170 S passenger sedan was introduced in 1951 at the Frankfurt and Paris auto show, along with the 300 limousine, the 300 SL race cars, and three versions of the 300 S (Roadster, Cabriolet, and Coupe). The latter used a shortened version of the limousine chassis and was powered by a detuned version of the 300 SL engine. Hermann Ahrens penned the bodies, bestowing tall, classic grilles, chrome rings around the headlamps, running boards concealed under the doors, and separate fenders. These personal luxury automobiles would remain in production through 1958.

The 300 S was updated in 1955, retaining the classic look, but gaining a revised suspension and a Bosch mechanical direct fuel-injection system derived from the 300 SL. Known as the 300 Sc, these were the most expensive cars that Mercedes-Benz offered, and just 200 examples were built across all three body styles. The rarest was the Cabriolet A followed by the 300 Sc Roadster of which just 53 examples were built before production ended in early 1958.

This particular example left the factory in Graphite Grey over Red leather with a black convertible top. The interior houses VDO instrumentation, finely detailed switchgear, and a Becker Mexico radio. On the outside, there are Bosch driving lights, color-matched wheel covers, a single driver's mirror, and the signature landau iron.

The car currently wears an older restoration that was performed by Charles Brahms and finished in red over a cognac interior with a tan top.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2022

2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $550,000-USD $750,000 
Sale Price :
USD $478,000

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 300SC image  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet
Chassis#: 188.013.7500015
Sold for USD$750,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC image  1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC image  
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 188013 6500105
Sold for USD$842,776
  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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