In 1962 the company introduced the top-of-the-line 300 SE, with the new M189 engine producing a powerful (for the period) 185-horsepower engine. For the true luxury market, the 300 SE was even available with self-leveling, smooth-riding air suspension, a variation important enough to get its own chassis number, W112.
This ultra-desirable model was produced in long-wheelbase limousine configuration, and for the successful executive or celebrity who enjoyed driving, two-door coupe and cabriolet versions were also available in very small numbers. Sharing their lines, interior trim, and power train with the long-appreciated W112 cabriolets, the coupes are only starting to gather attention in the collector-car market.
Presented here is an example of the W112 300 SE Coupe from the very last year of production before the company introduced a new engine range and restyled the front grille in a lower and less impressive form. In original rich-looking Medium Blue paint with cognac leather interior, with European-specification headlamps flanking the impressive grille, this coupe presents a distinguished appearance. The body and distinctive 300 SE chrome trim of this coupe are in exceptional condition, as is the attractive coupe/cabriolet wood fascia and instrument cluster with its pleasing grain pattern and complementing leather upholstery.
The car was formerly owned by a Mercedes-Benz dealer technician who had driven it sparingly and maintained it carefully since 1978. The car currently shows c. 21,000 kilometers on the odometer but is known to have turned over, as such the correct reading will be 121,000 kilometers. With desirable four-speed manual transmission and air suspension in excellent operating condition, it is reported to be a pleasure to drive.
This 300 SE is a perfect choice for the Mercedes collector who wants a practical model that can be driven with pride to events and used with confidence and comfort on long-distance tours.