Lot 243 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL
|Odometer reading||67,595 miles|
|Result||Sold - £25,760|
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; 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 the most prestigious sports cars of the era.
This right hand drive 300 SEL was manufactured in 1969 and imported from Australia in 2016.The vendor purchased this rare Mercedes in September 2018 following an interior refurbishment the previous year. During his tenure this handsome Mercedes has benefitted from renovation work to the radiator, water pump and cooling system. A total of £16,000 has been spent on the car in the last 4 years. A recent mechanical appraisal has unfortunately identified a burnt out starter motor and the requirement of a new head gasket. Due to a change in circumstance the owner has decided not to proceed with the works and has reluctantly entered the car for auction. Presented for sale with a UK V5C registration document and offered without reserve. A delight to drive, these luxury saloons were the choice of Embassies and Royalty around the world and, with reasonable expenditure, this Mercedes could be enjoyed once more.
Interested parties should note that this vehicle is now offered without reserve.
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