1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A up for auction this weekend

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A up for auction this weekend

Est:  € 470,000.
Car-ID: XT0424
Model, Body type:Convertible
Engine Power:2,975 CCM (110 KW / 150 BHP)
Transmission:Manual transmission
Mileage:46,900 km

 Vehicle Description
– legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 S Convertible A (W188)
– early model from the second year of production, 1952
– one of only 203 units built of its type
– original 3.0 litre 6-cylinder engine with 110 kW (150 hp)
– synchronized gearbox with rare centre-mounted gear lever
– dark blue exterior paintwork and cream leather interior
– body was elaborately and expertly re-painted some time ago
– blue soft top, mechanically and cosmetically in good condition
– white Bakelite steering wheel, burl wood fascia, Becker Mexico Radio
– original tool kit and jack, new whitewall tyres in 2015
– recent appraisal available
– German registration documents, valid technical approval until 04/2021 and historic plates

Everybody just calls them “the Adenauer Mercedes”: Konrad Adenauer, first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, had chosen this highly representative vehicle for his state coach, in fact he is said to have used a total of six custom-built convertible, hardtop and landaulet variants of the Mercedes 300, which constituted the pinnacle of German car manufacture of the early postwar period. Three different chassis codes are distinguished: The W186, a four-door model, was first presented in 1951 and remained on offer with two model changes (300 b and 300 c) until 1957, when it was replaced by the W189 (300 d), in production until 1962. Available body shapes included the sedan as well as a four-door convertible. 

The W188, 300 S, was a two-door model, available as coupé, convertible and roadster from 1951 until 1958, and the most expensive German car of its era. With a power output of 110 kW (150 hp) and a top speed of 175 km/h, they were also the most powerful and the fastest production cars of Germany, faster than a Porsche 1300 Super. Naturally, build numbers remained fairly low: Of the W186, 7,646 sedans and 642 convertibles were built. The W188 was manufactured a mere 760 times, and the W189 is numbered at 3,077 sedans and 65 convertibles.

Auctiomn: Classicbid Retro Classics
Stuttgart, Germany
29 February, 2020

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