Lot 227 - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Cabriolet (W112)
|Odometer reading||6,821 miles|
|Estimate||£120,000 - £140,000|
|Result||Sold - £120,000|
- Rare manual transmission
- Fully UK registered
As elegant as it is timeless, Mercedes-Benz’s W112 new model was launched at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show and shared similar Paul Bracq design traits from his previous models but that is where the similarities ended. The coupe and cabriolet models benefited from exclusive interior and exterior appointments as well as a higher standard specification. it represented the ultimate symbol of luxury and sophistication in the classic car world at that time. With only 708 examples ever built, these cars are extremely collectible now and with items such as air-conditioning and a radio as standard, they really stood out from the crowd.
Power came from a three-litre, straight six-cylinder engine that, by the time this example rolled off the production line during its final year of production, was increased to 170bhp and fed through a four-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Indeed, this powerplant shares its roots with its cousin, the famous 300 SL Gullwing/Roadster and with such an excellent pedigree, it is little surprise that the ride is a joy with uprated spring and shock absorber set-up soaking up any road imperfections with ease.
The car has been with the current owner since 1985 before being exported to the Lebanon in 1997 where it was used regularly. It was then re-imported back to the UK in February 2021 and registered with the DVLA. Documentation includes a UK V5C, the 1985 V5 showing the same owner and a Nova Certificate.
This US-specification flagship model, made even more rare when combined with manual transmission, presents in excellent condition throughout. Its black paintwork and contrasting red leather interior complement each other superbly and the drive is described as faultless. There is minor sun-damage to the wooden dash and the chromework is in generally good order although some attention is required in places. They say a picture paints a thousand words and so it is the case here, without even having to try, the appearance of a class act is effortless.
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