Motor City

The Inn at St. John's
30 July 2016
Lot 114

1965 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Coupe

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$63,250 USD | Sold

United States | Plymouth, Michigan

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Chassis No.
112.021.10.009107
Engine No.
189.987.10.000534
  • Highly desirable iconic Paul Bracq Mercedes-Benz styling
  • European specification; original and unrestored in exceptional condition
  • Comfortable and practical for long-distance touring
  • Great potential for significant appreciation
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185 bhp, 2,996 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine with mechanical fuel injection, four-speed floor-shift manual transmission, independent front coil-spring suspension with upper and lower control arms and rear swing axle with pneumatic springs, and four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes. Wheelbase: 112.2 in.

Please note that this lot is titled as a 1967.
Addendum: Please note that this car is now fitted with a correct Becker radio and power antenna.

With the introduction of the unibody chassis by Mercedes-Benz in 1960, the company pursued a policy of building all of its automobiles on the same basic W110/111 chassis, and initially all used the same 2.2-liter engine. The product planners distinguished the various price levels with different interior and exterior trim, and styling by Paul Bracq with a smoothed-off rear fender on the two-door coupes and cabriolets distinguished them from the finback sedans.

In 1962 the company introduced the top-of-the-line 300 SE, with the new M189 engine producing a powerful (for the period) 185-horsepower engine. For the true luxury market, the 300 SE was even available with self-leveling, smooth-riding air suspension, a variation important enough to get its own chassis number, W112.

This ultra-desirable model was produced in long-wheelbase limousine configuration, and for the successful executive or celebrity who enjoyed driving, two-door coupe and cabriolet versions were also available in very small numbers. Sharing their lines, interior trim, and power train with the long-appreciated W112 cabriolets, the coupes are only starting to gather attention in the collector-car market.

Presented here is an example of the W112 300 SE Coupe from the very last year of production before the company introduced a new engine range and restyled the front grille in a lower and less impressive form. In original rich-looking Medium Blue paint with cognac leather interior, with European-specification headlamps flanking the impressive grille, this coupe presents a distinguished appearance. The body and distinctive 300 SE chrome trim of this coupe are in exceptional condition, as is the attractive coupe/cabriolet wood fascia and instrument cluster with its pleasing grain pattern and complementing leather upholstery.

The car was purchased by the consignor from a Mercedes-Benz dealer technician who had driven it sparingly and maintained it carefully since 1978. The car currently shows 21,030 kilometers on the odometer but is known to have turned over; as such, the car has been driven approximately 75,200 original miles. With desirable four-speed manual transmission and air suspension in excellent operating condition, it is reported to be a pleasure to drive.

This 300 SE is a perfect choice for the Mercedes collector who wants a practical model that can be driven with pride to Mercedes-Benz Club of America events, used with confidence and comfort on long-distance tours, and, with its originality, be qualified for MBCA Silver Star Preservation recognition.