1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D ‘Adenauer’


Custom built by Mercedes-Benz’s most experienced craftsmen, the 300 was luxuriously appointed and trimmed with materials of the highest quality. Fast and elegant, it was one of very few contemporary vehicles capable of carrying six passengers in comfort at sustained high speeds. It was the car of choice among West German government officials, and throughout Europe and the USA was widely favoured by businessmen, financiers and politicians. Indeed, ‘Adenauer’ became the 300 saloon/limousine’s unofficial model name, after German first Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, its most famous customer.

Sharing many mechanical and optical innovations with the iconic 300SL “Gullwing” including an almost identical engine, these W189 series cars are exceptionally exclusive and one of the rarest post-war Mercedes models. The 300d was the successor to the 300c and received among other things, an improved injection engine delivering 160bhp.

This matching numbers example, fitted with the very desirable power steering and central lubrication system and retaining its original Becker Mexico radio, has a complete history from new. Included in its extensive history file, are a swathe of invoices as well as correspondence between its first owner and Mercedes-Benz from the early 70s, alongside its original owners handbook.
Described to be in very good condition throughout and offered with a new MOT valid until January 2020, this Lot presents a fantastic opportunity to purchase a very good example of the pinnacle of luxury motoring in the early post-war era.

Sold For £51,750

Auction The London Classic Car Show
Auction Date 17th February 2019
Day of Auction Day 2 - Sunday

lot details

Lot Number 241
Registration Number UK Registered
Chassis Number 300D8500158
Year 1960
Make Mercerdes-Benz
Model 300D Adenauer

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