Location: United States, New York, Astoria
For sale by: Dealer (New York City: Manhattan Classic Cars)
Lost and Found: Original 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet A: One of Only 203 Examples Produced
This extremely rare and original 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet A is one of only 203 produced and was originally born in desirable factory black with red interior. It retains its original red leather interior as well as its original soft-top. The 13k kilometers on the odometer is likely original. Imported from Germany to the United States in 1974 and at some point in its life had one repaint in its current beige color. A matching numbers example that still has all of its factory stampings and tags intact. It is not currently running and has been in storage since 1974 but the engine is turning by hand. The ideal restoration candidate that’s extremely original, complete, and nothing but honest.
The 300S was introduced in 1952 and it combined elements of the existing 300 series with the upcoming but delayed 300SL sports car. The most notable enhancement included a 30-percent increase in horsepower, from 115 to 150. This new car was praised by the motoring press, as it was capable of a remarkable top speed of 110mph. It also had a wraparound windshield, graceful wing lines and a curved rear body line. The comprehensive list of standard equipment included no-glare mirrors, vacuum-assisted brakes, backup lights, reclining seats and windshield washers. Only 203 300S cabriolets were built. Although the exterior styling was fresh and modern, the interior was most impressive. In comparison to the Spartan automotive furnishings of some of its contemporaries, the new 300 S featured a lavish interior with supple leather, glossy and perfect burled walnut trim, a dash with chrome-accented instruments and a switchgear that was made with the precision of fine jewelry. This well preserved survivor 300S Cabriolet is not to be missed by any Mercedes-Benz enthusiast or collector.
- One of Only 203 Produced
- Born a Factory Black Car with Red Leather
- 13k Believed to be Original Miles
- Well Preserved Original Survivor and Ideal Restoration Candidate
- Retains its Original Engine as well as Factory Tags and Stampings