1952 300 1952 300 SL W194 1953 300S 1953 300 SL 1954 300b 1954 300 SL 1954 300 S 1955 300 SLR

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC

Vehicle Profiles

Coupe

Chassis Num: 6500034
Engine Num: A1880145500024

The Mercedes-Benz 300 was produced from 1951 through 1958; they had a modern design with prewar traditional styling. They had excellent power and minimal weight and fitted with modern technologies. They had a conventional body on frame construction....[continue reading]

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 188.013.6500133

The 300-Series Mercedes-Benz was introduced as a four-door sedan and convertible sedan. The design and development would provide the basic mechanicals of the competition cars that would soon follow: the 300SL racers of 1952 and the SL road cars of 19....[continue reading]

Cabriolet

This Mercedes-Benz 300SC was offered as a 2+2 coupe, cabriolet or roadster from 1955 to 1958. This 300SC is one of only 49 cabriolets produced. Its 2996cc 6-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injectors produces 175 horsepower and is capable o....[continue reading]

Coupe

Chassis Num: 188.014.5500029
Engine Num: 199.980.5500002

The Mercedes-Benz SC models weighed nearly 4,000 lbs but were capable of 112 mph, putting them on par with some of the most expensive, limited-production gran turismos on the market, all while enveloping their occupants in serene luxury.....[continue reading]

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 188.013.6500077
Engine Num: 199.980.6500077

Mercedes-Benz produced just 200 examples of the 300 Sc and were the true spiritual successor to the 500 K and 540 K. This example is a well-documented example, with known ownership since it was only a few years old. It is one of only forty-nine 300 S....[continue reading]

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 188015.5500016
Engine Num: 199.980.5500019

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 o....[continue reading]

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 18880146500116
Engine Num: 1999806500120

This 1956 Mercedes-Benz SC Coupe is equipped with a 2996-cc overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine with Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection that is capable of producing 175 horsepower. It has a four-speed gearbox and four-wheel independent suspension wit....[continue reading]

Coupe

Chassis Num: 1880146500134
Engine Num: 199158814

This 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island where it was estimated to sell between $180,000 - $220,000. The car is powered by a 2996cc overhead camshaft, fuel-injected six-cylinder engine ca....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 6500034 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 188.013.6500133 
Cabriolet
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 188.014.5500029 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 188.013.6500077 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 188015.5500016 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 18880146500116 
Coupe
Chassis #: 1880146500134 

History

The Mercedes-Benz 300 was produced from 1951 through 1958 and is one of the most graceful and classic creations of the post-World War II era. The style was both classic and modern and built to high standards. They were constructed from fine materials using the latest in technology and achieving minimal weight with a high degree of strength.

The 300 was built on a traditional body-on-frame construction as many other marque's, including most of the Mercedes-Benz line, had switched to unit-body construction. The body-on-frame construction was ideal for maintaining a high level of quality for vehicles produced in limited quantities. The front end was suspended in place through the use of an independent suspension with A-arms and coil springs. The rear was the tried-and-true swing axle with coil springs.

Under the bonnet was a 2996-cc six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection that produced 175 horsepower. Considering the modest wheelbase size and the overall low weight of the vehicle, the 175 horsepower was more than enough to carry these custom-built vehicles at highway speeds with little effort. The car was fast, luxurious, safe, and comfortable.

From November of 1951 through March of 1962, there were 11,430 examples of the Mercedes 300 constructed. Most were built atop of a 120-inch wheelbase and with four-door configuration. Just over 700 were convertible sedans.

The 300 had been introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Mercedes-Benz selected the Paris Auto Show to introduce the next iteration of the 300-Series, the 300S. This was a much sportier version that rode on a shortened, 114.2-inch, wheelbase and built in 2-door open and closed configuration. The engine was a multi-carbureted unit that produced just over 160 SAE horsepower.

The Mercedes-Benz 300S was a very fast automobile that still retained luxury, comfort, and style. Built in very limited quantities, it was an exclusive automobile.

Production of the 300S lasted from 1952 through April of 1958 with a total of 760 examples being constructed.

The final iteration of the 300-Series was the 300SC, which made its appearance at the 1955 Paris Auto Show. It was given a detuned version of the 300SL's Bosch mechanical fuel-injected engine and a new 'low-pivot' swing axle rear suspension.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
Large and luxurious, the Mercedes 300 series was built from 1951 until 1957 in its original form. The company's largest and most-prestigious models, the Mercedes-Benz Type 300 is considered a trademark of the era throughout the 1950s. With a 3 liter engine capacity, the name 300 said it all. Exclusive, expensive, elegant and full of power, the Type 300 vehicles were in an elite status all of its own. In a tribute to the Chancellor of Germany at the time, this series was often referred to as the Adenauer, after Konrad Adenauer. During his time as Chancellor, Adenauer used a total of six of these vehicles.

The main competition that the 300 Series faced during its production time was the less-expensive Ponton series. A large majority of the company's sales were directed in the area of this cheaper series. During the early 1960's, both the Ponton series and the Type 300 were eventually replaced by the 'Heckflosse' cars.

Available as either a sedan or cabriolet, the Type 300 was offered both with four doors, along with seating for six. With a more modern body, the 'W186' Type 300 was built on a pre-war chassis, yet it utilized a modern 3 L straight-6 engine. The most interesting feature was a rear load-levelling suspension that was operated by a switch on the dashboard. Many other luxury features were offered on this series, these included a VHF mobile telephone, a dictation machine and a Becker radio. The Chancellor's personal vehicle was equipped with a writing desk, sirens, a dividing partition, curtains, and many more features.

A special Type 300 Lang, Innenlenker model was a limousine version that rode on a 20 cm (7.9 in) longer wheelbase.

The Type 300 b was introduced with power brakes in 1954. In September of 1955, a larger rear window was featured on the Type 300 c. Also featuring a swing axle rear independent suspension, the Type 300 c was sold at $10,864 in the U.S. with the convertible available at an expensive $14,231.

In August of 1957, the B-pillar was updated for the hardtop look in the Type 300 d. With a total of 3,077 produced, the d was produced until March of 1963. Available with a compression ratio of 8.55:1 and Bosch fuel injection, the d produced 160 hp. The W112 300SE replaced the limousine version.

Mercedes-Benz's top-end vehicle in 1952 following its introduction, the 'W188' Type 300 S was available as a 2+2 coupe, cabriolet or roadster. Marketed as one of the top luxury vehicles in the world, the W188 was actually very similar mechanically to the more contemporary W186. The Type 300 Sc received the addition of fuel injection in 1955, along the same time that Mercedes-Benz's 'low-pivot' independent suspension was substituted. Dual chrome strips were placed on each side of the hood that denotes the 'Sc' model.

The 300 S line was an established Mercedes tradition, 2-door convertible and coupe versions of the limousine model. These models had a body built on a separate chassis, and were conventionally styled grand tourers. The SL, which stood for 'Sport Leicht', and can be broken down to lightweight sportscar, was introduced in the same year. Essentially a derivative of the ‘ordinary' Mercedes 300 series, there was really nothing ordinary about the 300 SL.

The vehicle that was responsible for re-establishing Mercedes-Benz as a formidable power in sports vehicle racing following World War 2, the 300 SL was introduced in 1952. Beginning as a thoroughbred road racing vehicle, the exotic 300 SL finished its career in 1963 as a very fast convertible for the wealthy.

Following such an impressive impact on car enthusiasts worldwide, there has continued to be an SL model in the Mercedes Range ever since. There has never been another SL model in the Mercedes range that has been able to live up to the prestige, engineering and styling of the original 300 SL.

Introduced at the 1953 Mille Miglia, where a total of 300 SL's took part in the event, the original 300 SL was first introduced as a contender for the famous road races of those days. One of the SL models took 2nd place, and another took 4th place, making a very impressive mark on viewers. This was only the beginning of many more racing successes soon after.

By Jessica Donaldson
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