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.
Fitted with the very desirable option of an electric sunroof, this is a beautiful example of the pinnacle of what Mercedes had to offer in the 60s, the 300SE fitted with its bullet-proof 6-cylinder engine with Bosch fuel pump and the world-renowned reliable automatic transmission.
Sitting on steel rims with chrome hubcaps and a full set of Michelin MXV tyres and still retaining its spare wheel, the car is very usable with its power steering, disc brakes, Becker Mexico radio, Air suspension and electric sunroof.