Lot 257 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Convertible
|Estimate||£60,000 - £75,000|
|Result||Sold - £76,160|
When Mercedes-Benz replaced the popular 220 series in 1966, the first S-Class range was born. Much of the mechanical specification remained as before but a new, sleeker body shell with lower roof and waistlines and a larger glass area was much more modern in design than the dated, finned wing appearance of its predecessor; supplementing the saloons there were, as always, both coupé and cabriolet derivatives. All of these W108 models, however, shared similar all independent suspension via wishbones/coil springs at the front together with a coil sprung swing axle at the rear; all round disc brakes and power assisted steering were also standard equipment. Power was provided by a choice of three, six-cylinder engines; for the 250S, the 2,496cc motor produced 130bhp via twin carburettors with the 250SE benefiting from Bosch fuel injection and an increase in output to 150bhp, while in the 300SE capacity was raised to 2,996cc and power to 200bhp.
Transmission was invariably an automatic four-speed unit. As with all Mercedes-Benz models, build quality was to a very high standard and the W108 ranged proved immensely popular. Unveiled in April 1961, the flagship 'Fintail' - the 300SE - was given its own type designation of W111. Powered by a Bosch fuel-injected 2996cc straight-six engine, the luxurious newcomer was equipped with air suspension, four-speed automatic transmission, power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, leather upholstery and burr walnut veneers as standard. Initially available as a four-door Saloon only, Mercedes-Benz's range topper could be had as a two-door coupé or convertible from March 1962 onwards. A decidedly handsome design, the 300SE Cabriolet enjoyed effortless performance, the soft-top accounted for just 708 sales between March 1962 and December 1967 (though, a mere 92 of those were to righthand drive specification).
This is a genuine righthand drive example with a fully lined mohair hood having been fitted recently. It was the subject of a restoration some eight years ago including repainting the car in silver and re-trimming the interior with high quality maroon leather. Mechanically the car was also checked through and the brakes and suspension were completely rebuilt using genuine Mercedes-Benz parts. All bills are contained within the substantial history file. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 25th September 2015, this convertible 300SE is currently owned by a fastidious enthusiast and is only being sold due to lack of suitable storage space. A superb driving car and with just over 60,000 miles recorded, this very desirable, beautifully presented and rare Mercedes-Benz is elegance personified.