The 300SE was Mercedes-Benz’s 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 300SE was mechanically more refined, featuring self-levelling air suspension that would later feature on the 600, powe3r 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 300SE was confined to a wealthy few; indeed, 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 300SE! Only 5,202 had been sold when production ceased in 1965.
This 300 SE coupe was ordered originally by King Hussein of Jordan. It was equipped with some special options, such as reinforced front seats and a Becker wireless. After being used in his country by the Royal family, it was entrusted to the King’s son, Prince Mohammed Bin Talal who then lived in London. It was registered as an Embassy of Jordan car and remained in the British capital until 1968. On March 8th, 1968, it was sold to a Mr. Richard W. Tennant, based in Austria. The car saw very little use there and eventually was sold again to a well-known Austrian collector. He kept the car in a dry garage before selling it again to the now owner in 2015. From 2015 to 2017 the 300 SE was comprehensively restored while preserving the original parts and the patina that makes this beautiful automobile such a charming machine. The upholstery has been completely redone, as well as breaking, suspension and power systems. The paint, also redone some years ago is nicely mellowed and the body is described as being very sound. With its Royal provenance, well documented history and excellent condition, this special car is indeed something for the true Mercedes connoisseur.