Lot 290 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Coupé
|Odometer reading||2,760 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £40,000|
The values of these wonderful cars are now following the same upward climb as the Pagodas; and in this condition represent an extremely sound investment as well as being a real delight to own and drive. In March 1962, Mercedes-Benz released the 300SE Coupé. Due to marketing reasons this car, like its sedan stable mate, was kept apart from the W111 220SE that was launched in 1960 and had its own chassis number W112, which envisioned it as a successor to the W187 300S two-door series, rather than the Ponton range. The car was featured with a chrome strip, air suspension and the Daimler-Benz top of the range 2996cm3, M189 engine and, as such, this vehicle remained deliberately split from the rest of the W111 family to emphasise the differences in the much higher level of specification.
There are now just a few remaining righthand drive examples of the 300SE, especially in this condition, as it is described by the vendor, as a perfect example of what can achieved with a detailed, ground-up restoration of the beautiful W112 coupé. A £12,000 rebuild of the engine together with the replacement of all the fuel and brake lines using only Mercedes-Benz parts, give this car a driving performance that almost takes it back to the day it left the factory. The car had covered 100,000 miles prior to the rebuild and has covered just 2,760 miles since then, including a drive to Germany for the famous Techno Classica show in Essen. Contained within the history file are over 40 pages of invoices detailing the parts and work that was carried out during the restoration. The bodywork, the original factory colour, is simply stunning and the chrome is in pristine condition as are all the window rubbers. The wheel hubs sit on the original wheels with brand new tyres and to the interior, the original leather is also in excellent order and extremely supple. The Wilton carpets are as new and the woodwork and headlining are in excellent order. An extremely well presented example of this supremely stylish motorcar.
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