Lot 243 - 1954 12987 300b Adenauer
|Estimate||£26,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,560|
The Mercedes-Benz Type 300 was the company's largest and most-prestigious model throughout the 1950s. The Type 300 cars were elegant, powerful, exclusive and expensive and were often referred to as Adenauer's after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, in office from 1949 to 1963, who employed six different versions during his tenure. These large saloons and four-door cabriolets featured many luxury features. Options such as Becker radio, VHF mobile telephone and dictation machine were geared to the businessman and politician. The 300b model was introduced in March 1954, adding vacuum assisted power brakes and quarter windows in the front doors. Engine power was increased using different Solex carburettors and a higher compression ratio.
Retaining many of its original features, the interior of this 300b Adenauer has a splendid patina. The leather trim is nicely worn but is still very tidy, the woodwork appears to be in good condition and the clocks/gauges/switches are exactly how they should be. To be expected, the carpets and headlining have been replaced at some stage. The bodywork and chrome are in good order with the exception of the odd minor blemish. This four-door 300b Adenauer also benefits from a sunroof; a rare option on this model. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until July 2014, this is a highly useable example of a Mercedes-Benz which offers plenty of charm and character.
Previous lotLot 242 - 1958 12838 Giulietta Spider
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