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Open Roads, North America | Lot 179

1970 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3

$77,000 USD | Sold

United States | Pattison, Texas

23 - 30 July 2020


Chassis No.
Engine No.
109.018.12.003870
100.981.12.003976
  • A remarkably well-preserved example
  • Finished in tasteful Tunis Beige Metallic over Cognac
  • Accompanied by host of owner’s manuals and accessories
  • Offered with less than 26,700 miles from new

Powered by Mercedes-Benz’s venerable M100 6.3-liter engine, the 300 SEL was certainly worthy of the three-pointed star. It was an engine born and bred on the racetrack and is still considered one of the finest Mercedes-Benz engines of all time. The 6.3-liter V-8 was able to get the substantial 300 SEL to a top speed of over 130 mph and sprint to 60 in less than seven seconds, an extraordinary feat for a luxury sedan in 1970 and still respectable today. Adorned with the finest luxury fitments of the time, the 300 SEL was for those who sought the finest in automotive refinement.

This example, finished in Tunis Beige Metallic over a Cognac interior, continues to present extremely well. The beautiful exterior and original interior support the fact that this well-preserved example has covered just under 26,700 original miles in its five decades on the road, a remarkable achievement. Recognizing its importance, the car was awarded the Silver Star Certificate by the Mercedes-Benz Club of America at the 2019 Red River Concours d’Elegance. As if its stellar condition was not enough, the car is accompanied by a host of accessories including its original owner’s manual, tool kit, owner’s service and warranty booklet, Becker radio manual, and more.

More recently, the SEL has benefited from a thorough service including the replacement of the engine and transmission mounts. Further, the current owner notes the excellent status of the air conditioning as well as the air suspension. One would be hard pressed to find a more complete example, a must-have for the discerning Mercedes-Benz enthusiast.

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