Lot 217 - 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL Saloon (6.3 litre)
|Estimate||£23,000 - £27,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,080|
Considered by many as the first 'Q-Car,' the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 began as a private venture by Mercedes-Benz employee Erich Waxenberger in 1966. The idea of placing a large powerful sports car engine in a saloon is still very popular today as can be seen with the current Mercedes-Benz range and indeed the 6.3 capacity V8 engine is still in use today, albeit many generations on from the W 109 SEL. Waxenberger's theory was simple, take the powerful 6.3 litre V8 Mercedes-Benz M100 engine from the luxurious Mercedes-Benz 600 limousine and fit it into the regular Mercedes-Benz W 109 S-Class model which, at the time, only had six-cylinder engines. The result was a nearly two-tonne saloon with performance similar to most prestigious sports cars of the era. It is said that Rudolf Uhlenhaut, the top Mercedes-Benz designer and engineer, when invited to test drive the prototype, opened the bonnet at the first red light to find out how the big engine and its supporting equipment had been squeezed in there. What set this car apart from its contemporaries in the late 1960s though, was that it could cruise at over 124mph with five occupants in complete comfort within the body styled by Paul Bracq.
This lefthand drive example was first registered in the UK in August 2002. Imported from Italy, the car is presented in metallic gold with a beige velour interior and was understood to be owned by Italian race car driver and collector, Mario Ricci. The car comes with the Italian ASI registration, no. 8860, which can be seen on the plaque fitted to the front bumper. Recently, EHJ 329H has had a full service carried out by Mercedes-Benz and a mechanical overhaul from Schmitt Motors which included suspension, brake replacements and a repair to the air conditioning; over £5,000 was spent. Presented in remarkably original condition, this SEL has been on display at Mercedes-Benz World and is a fabulous example of German engineering. It is supplied with a UK V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until April 2017.
Previous lotLot 216 - 1936 Bentley 4¼ litre Saloon by Park Ward
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