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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300B Cabriolet

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300B Cabriolet

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300B Cabriolet

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300B Cabriolet
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2009
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 116 - Sold at a price of $112,750

125 hp, 2,996 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic internal expanding front and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

Although Mercedes-Benz's initial postwar production efforts focused on higher volume production automobiles, by 1950 plans were underway for a new top-of-the-line car, intended to occupy the same position in the model line as the legendary 770K Grosser of the prewar era.

The new car was introduced to the public in April 1951 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Initially available in only two configurations limousine or convertible sedan the new 300 entered production later that year. The car's outstanding quality was matched only by its breathtaking price costing as much as three Cadillacs! The high price ensured exclusivity, and early customers ranged from renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to actor Yul Brynner.

The cars were also the choice of distinction for royalty and heads of state, including the Shah of Iran and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, in whose honor the closed version of the car would come to be referred to as simply "an Adenauer."

In comparison to the closed cars, the 300 four-door cabriolets were produced in much smaller quantities. From the 1951 model year through 1955, over 6,000 closed cars were built. In that same time frame, just 591 convertible sedans were ordered. The 300b, which was introduced during 1954 and continued in production until late 1955, benefited from an additional 10 horsepower.

Given its short production run, the number of U.S.-bound 300b Cabriolets is tremendously low. This particular example, finished in cream with a striking red leather interior, was acquired by the vendor about five years ago after having received a frame-off restoration. According to information provided to the owner at the time of purchase, it was formerly owned by a Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Disney board member. Since its acquisition, the car has been shown and driven very sparingly. It is reported to run and drive well, without any issues. While at a concours event, the car was inspected by a Mercedes-Benz factory trained mechanic, who marveled at the car's period correctness and remarked that he was hard-pressed to find any incorrect pieces on the entire car. Properly maintained and beautifully presented, this is a handsome example, worthy of serious consideration.

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300B Cabriolet

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300B Cabriolet

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