Lot 234 - 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Fintail
|Odometer reading||56,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £26,880|
- Highly original automatic 300 SE Fintail
- With only 56,000 miles
- Dry stored for some 28 years
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SE entered production in saloon, coupé and cabriolet form and was one of four models to share the new ‘Fintail’ body style first seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1959. It became the flagship model at the time of its introduction in 1961, superseding the 300 ‘Adenauer’ and would remain so until the arrival of the 600 ‘Grosser Mercedes’ in 1963. Although similar in appearance to the contemporary 220, the 300 SE was mechanically more refined, featuring self-levelling air suspension , power assisted steering, servo assisted disc brakes on all four wheels and, from August 1963, dual-circuit braking. From 1964 the 2,996cc, Bosch fuel-injected, six-cylinder all-alloy engine produced 170bhp (DIN), an output sufficient to propel the luxuriously equipped 300SE to around 200km/h, or 195km/h when equipped with the optional four-speed automatic transmission.
As is the case with all of Mercedes-Benz’s many flagship models, ownership of the 300 SE was confined to a wealthy few. At the time of its launch in 1961, coincidental with that of the Jaguar E-Type, one could have bought two of the British sports cars for the price of a single 300 SE! Only 5,202 had been sold when production ceased in 1965.
Finished in the original colour scheme of beige with a turquoise leather interior trim, this highly original automatic transmission 300SE was first registered in the UK on 18th February 1965 and has been well maintained and dry stored for some 28 years. The history files comes complete with its V5C, previous MoT test certificates, original books in their original wallet, invoices, old tax discs and some documentation chronicling the long-term ownership; it also confirms its engine and gearbox are both original.
Offered at no reserve and with and with just over 56,000 miles on the odometer, this 300 SE represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare, top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz luxury saloon.
Interested parties should note this car doesn’t have a current MoT test certificate as previously described in the auction catalogue.
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