1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D

After World War II came a close, civilian automobile production resumed. Most manufacturers worked aggressively to re-tool their line, focused on higher volume production, and re-introduced pre-War designs rather than creating an all-new vehicle. This was true for Daimler-Benz, but they were also eager to re-establish themselves as one of the world's pre-eminent automakers. As the 1950s came into view, plans were underway for a new top-of-the-line car, intended to emulate the legendary 770K Grosser of the prewar era.

In April of 1951, at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz introduced a new car to the public. It was initially available in only two configurations consisting of a four-door Cabriolet D or a limousine. Later that year, the new 300 entered production.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 was built to the highest quality and intended for the American market. Exclusivity was ensured by the very high price tag, costing as much as three Cadillacs. The cars were often the choice of royalty and heads of state, including the Shah of Iran and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. The German Chancellor was such a fan of the car that they would come to be referred to as 'an Adenauer.'

Production lasted from 1951 through 1954 with a total of 11,430 examples built. Comprehensive improvements resulted in the 300b for 1954/1955, followed by the 300c for 1955/1957. For 1958, a new body design was introduced which had a four inch longer wheelbase which allowed additional rear legroom for the occupants. They styling remained conservative yet modern. The chassis included the swing-arm rear axle design that was seen throughout the Mercedes-Benz lineup at the time. It was given a driver-controlled, self-leveling device consisting of electric motors that actuated jackscrews that moved an extra pair of torsion bars. This added to the vehicles safety and enhanced the ride. This new 300 was dubbed the 300d.

In the front was a longer hood that concealed the updated version of Mercedes-Benz's three-liter single overhead cam six-cylinder engine. It was given a Bosch mechanical fuel injection system which helped the powerplant produce 160 horsepower. All the examples destined for the U.S. soil were fitted with a Borg Warner three-speed automatic transmission. Stopping power was improved with larger brake drums and a new brake booster. Power steering was now standard.

The Cabriolet D body style was very exclusive and during the four-year production lifespan, just 65 examples were produced.

by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D vehicle information


Chassis Num: 12/1/2795

From November of 1951 through March of 1962, there were 11,430 examples of the Mercedes 300 constructed. This Cabriolet limousine was one of 63 cars produced between 1958 and 1962 (only one was produced in 1962). Production records show this car was ....[continue reading]

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D vehicle information


Chassis Num: 18998012002056

This 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D Adenauer was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was offered for sale without reserve and estimated to sell between $30,000 - $50,000. The car is powered by a M189 2996cc six....[continue reading]

Chassis #: 2795-12-1 
Chassis #: 18998012002056 

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The Mercedes-Benz 300D was introduced in 1951 and produced through 1954. The 300 Series, also known as the W186, was first shown at the 1951 Paris Auto Show. The car instantly became popular with the social elite, the rich, and the famous. The cars were powered by a six-cylinder overhead valve carbureted engine. There were seven Mercedes-Benz colors to select from. Optional equipment included....
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