Lot 261

1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3


$36,400 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona



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  • Powerful 6.3-liter, 247 hp V-8 engine
  • Single-family ownership since new; showing less than 77,000 miles
  • Original Southern California car with a single repaint and original interior
  • Includes spare 6.3 engine, as well as owner’s manuals, tools, jack, and spare
  • Rare two-tone silver-and-black paint scheme
Addendum: Please note that the title is in transit.

Appointed with the finest luxury accoutrements of the time and with a powerful V-8 engine, the 300 SEL 6.3 was Mercedes-Benz’s offering for discriminating drivers who were looking for the very best in terms of tasteful automotive refinement.

When the 6.3 was first introduced, Road & Track magazine proclaimed it was “the world’s greatest sedan,” largely due to its ideal balance of performance and luxury. Instead of being powered by the six-cylinder engine from the standard 300 SEL, the 6.3 was fitted with the powerful M100 V-8 from the luxurious 600. Top speed for the 6.3 was an impressive 142 mph, and it could reach 60 mph in only 6.9 seconds.

This well-preserved Mercedes-Benz was originally ordered by Hastings Harcourt, a famous printing magnate who had close ties with Mercedes-Benz. Delivered new to Mr. Harcourt’s local Mercedes-Benz dealership, Gregg Motors in Santa Barbara, it was carefully driven and properly maintained by Mr. Harcourt its entire life and has remained with the family since new. Anticipating a long-term ownership, Mr. Harcourt took the extraordinary measure of ordering a spare 6.3 engine for his car, which will accompany the car. The many years of attentive care are evidenced by a superb original leather interior complete with original Becker radio. The rare and elegant Silver-and-Black two-tone paint scheme has had one proper refinish and presents well.

Complete with original manuals, tools, spare, jack, and license plate frames, as well as a recent service, this extraordinary 300 SEL 6.3 is perfect for touring in the comfort and style that Mercedes-Benz is famous for.