- Mercedes-Benz’s limited-production sedan
- Ready to be enjoyed or an excellent candidate for restoration
115 hp, 2,996 cc inline six-cylinder with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front coil-spring suspension, rear single-pivot swing-axle with coil springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 124 in.
Out of the shambles of World War II, Daimler-Benz used cash flow from producing basic utility vehicles and family sedans to create the four-door 300 sedan with its M189 engine to re-enter the luxury market. Several examples of the flagship diplomatic-quality model were used with pride by German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer as his state limousine while he presided over the economic miracle of Germany’s post-war recovery, hence its ubiquitous nickname.
Over its long production run from 1951–1962, barely more than 10,000 units of the 300 sedan were produced, but the powertrain, suspension, body, and interior were all upgraded four times. The example offered here, from the very end of the last upgrade, has the improved fuel-injected engine adopted from the 300 SL sports cars, as well as the higher greenhouse. As such, it is a most desirable example of one of the 3,077 units of the 300 d that were built. When all the windows are rolled down, there are no center pillars—one reason Adenauers made such great parade cars.
This 300 d is presented in very good, solid, unrestored condition and is ready to be enjoyed as the new owner sees it. According to the consignor, it is mechanically sound, runs and drives well, and shows no evidence of structural issues or corrosion. The black exterior paint is presentable and the exterior chrome is complete and in fair condition. Underhood, the car shows signs of regular maintenance and care. The original Bosch fuel injection system is intact and both it and the original automatic transmission are properly functional. Inside, newer red leather and matching carpets are in good condition, and the chrome and wood trim is complete and abundant. There is no sign of delamination of the wood trim, which could easily be refinished or enjoyed as-is. The signature removable rear quarter windows are still in place. Air conditioning has been added for additional comfort.
This is a solid example of a classic and imposing Mercedes-Benz built in limited numbers. It will serve its new owner well in its current condition or as an excellent candidate for restoration.