Some of history s truly great automobiles have been born from engineers working off the clock building experimental projects far from the prying eyes of company brass and the meddling of the accounting department. Especially within large companies radical ideas will surely be nixed if merely presented on paper. One such engineer was Erich Waxenberger of Mercedes-Benz. In the late 1960s Herr Waxenberger came up with the simple but elegant idea of the ultimate factory super sedan. Starting with a standard W109 sedan a car that left the factory with nothing bigger than a 3-liter inline-six and working on his own time he shoehorned in the mighty 6.3 liter all-alloy M100 V8 into the mid-sized saloon. The M100 was designed specifically for the highly exclusive 600 sedan and limousine but Waxenberger believed that not only could he build a superb sporting saloon using the smaller body he could better utilize the specialized production facility that was building these massive engines. He and his team built a prototype and handed the keys over to Mercedes-Benz factory test driver Rudi Uhlenhaut. The legend is that Uhlenhaut had to stop and open the hood at the first traffic signal to see what on earth Waxenberger had crammed into the 300SEL!Buoyed by the enthusiasm from Uhlenhaut the car saw rapid approval by company bosses especially given that the expensive M100 engine could now be sold in another car. The production version of the 300SEL 6.3 featured sophisticated air suspension a four-speed automatic transmission four wheel disc brakes electric windows sunroof opulent wood trim and leather upholstery. Upon its introduction to the public in 1968 it was declared the fastest four-door car in the world and could easily keep pace with American muscle cars of the era. In fact the 300SEL 6.3 could give a contemporary Porsche 911 a serious run for its money. Road & Track magazine declared it merely the greatest sedan in the world . While less expensive than the 600 the 6.3 was still a costly car when new and just 6500 were built between 1968 and 1972. The 6.3 served its purpose as a regular production outlet for the M100 V8 as well as forming the foundation of a legacy of high-performance luxury sedans that Mercedes-Benz still upholds with the AMG line of super saloons.This 1970 300SEL 6.3 is an attractive and understated example finished in Light Ivory (code 670) over red leather upholstery (code 242). It is a very well-maintained and largely original car accompanied by extensive service records from model specialists. The body is straight and clean with an attractive good quality respray over an excellent body. Gaps are factory precise and all four doors operate with that signature vault-like feel. The original bumpers body moldings grille window surrounds and other brightwork are all straight and in good order benefitting from a recent polish. It rides on a set of beautifully finished factory Bundt alloy wheels that lend a slightly aggressive and purposeful look to the otherwise restrained Paul Bracq-penned styling. This 6.3 is in many ways the ultimate sleeper: Understated with only its discreet badging and a slightly wider stance giving the slightest hint at its massive acceleration and 140mph ability.Stepping into the luxurious cabin you may still be hard pressed to realize this is a serious performance car. The atmosphere is very much about comfortable touring over outright sportiness with high quality and attractive leather trim and wood moldings. The leather is believed to be original and presents in very good condition showing a slight bit of wear on the driver s outer bolster but remaining attractive and supple with an inviting light patina. The rear seat is in similar condition showing little use. Wool carpets are excellent as are the door panels and recently refreshed headlining. Beautifully restored wood trim adorns the dash fascia dash top as well as door and windscreen surrounds. It is also equipped with an original Becker Mexico cassette player and correct ivory steering wheel.Mechanically this car is in very sound order and is essentially turn-key and ready to enjoy. Records show the air suspension was fully rebuilt as was the complex fuel injection pump; rebuilt by respected specialist Jerry Fairchild. The steering box was removed and resealed and many bushings and ancillaries refreshed in the chassis. It works as it should and is a strong performing example a very important factor when considering any 6.3. Included in the sale are original books manuals and tool kit along with the extensive service records and factory service information.The 300 SEL 6.3 is a car that should never have existed in its day yet went on to become a legend the father of a line of performance sedans that continue through today. This is a cherished example that has had thousands spent to ensure it continues to thrill drivers for years to come.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Paris event, 6 February 2019. Offered from the Youngtimer CollectionComplete with original Fahrzeug-Daten, 1969 German registration, and service bookDescribed as the greatest sedan in the world upon introductionPowered by Mercedes-Benz s venerable 6.3-litre engine, the 300 SEL was certainly worthy of the three-pointed star. An engine born and bred on the race track, it could catapult a car that weighed nearly two tons to a top speed of over 130 mph and to 60 mph from a dead stop in under seven seconds respectable numbers for modern automobiles and an extraordinary feat for a luxury saloon in 1969. Adored with the finest luxury fitments of the time, this was a car for those who were looking for the very best. Ordered in Stuttgart, this 300 SEL 6.3 Saloon retains a copy of its original data card, which lists a host of desirable options. Fitted with heat-insulating glass, front safety-belts, electrically heated rear window and air conditioning, this Mercedes-Benz would have been an absolute luxury to drive. The data card also reveals that the 300 SEL remains in its original colour of Beige, with a dark brown interior a subtle colour combination that highlights the elegance of this particular model. Offered with a host of original documents, including the original German Kraftfahrzeugbrif stamped from Stuttgart and a well-stamped service book, this 300 SEL would serve as an excellent show car or daily driver.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.
Florida and South Carolina car Stored in the garage from 2002-2015 The car has had a total frame off restoration over $12,000 spent. engine trans mounts replaced new brake pads brake sensors ball joints replaced new alternator new water pump new fuel pump new statrerThe car has had a total frame off restoration over $12,000 spent. New AC and heater system. new fuel pump speedometer calibration becker radio repaired belt tensioners replaced tightened valve cover gasket and head cover seals new battery new radiator 4 new tires new plugs and distributor cap call Steve 561-445-7444 Visit Country Club Autos online at countryclubautos.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 561-445-7444 today to schedule your test drive.
1971 MERCEDES BENZ 300 SEL VERY RARE 6.3 THE SAME FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS THE CAR DOES HAVE CRACKS IN THE PAINT. THE FLOORS ARE SOLID AND ORIGINAL. THE INTERIOR IS IN VERY GOOD AND PRESENTABLE SHAPE. THE CAR STARTS BUT HAS A DIFFERENTIAL ISSUE. THE MOTOR APPEARS TO BE STRONG THE SUSPENSION IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION WE BOUGHT THE CAR THE WAY IT IS AND THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT CAR FOR SOMEBODY TO TAKE TO THE NEXT LEVEL. THESE CARS ARE VERY RARE AND THIS HAS A GREAT COLOR COMBINATION CLEAN TITLE. Please Note The Following Vehicle Location is at our clients home and Not In Cadillac, Michigan. We do have a showroom with about 25 cars that is by appointment only Please Call First and talk to one of our reps at 231-468-2809 EXT 1 FREE Consignment Visit Our Site Today Easy To List Your Vehicle and Get it Sold in Record Time.
This is probably one of the best examples of a 300sel 6.3 currently on the market. It is a 1970 US model that looks very striking in the classic Mercedes Silver/Red combination. I wanted a 6.3 since I was a kid and finally bought this car last summer. You are probably already somewhat familiar with 6.3s but if not, do a quick web search and you’ll find that this was one of the greatest performance cars of its era and beyond. It is the pre-cursor to the current day AMGs and is still a very quick car by modern standards. I’ve put about 10,000 miles on it in the past year. It has been very, very reliable and has never missed a beat on the many road trips I’ve take it on. It is very fun to drive and has a presence that few other cars have. It almost always gets front row parking wherever I take it, even in the midst of Ferraris, modern day Rolls Royce’s, S Class Benz’s etc. A little history on the car. From what I gathered, it had 2 owners prior to my acquiring it. The person I bought it from was the CEO of a biotech company who had it since about 1993 and prior to that it was owned by a wealthy family in the Denver area. I’m happy to give you a little run down on myself also if we talk over the phone. For cars like these, the owner’s background, interests, and financial means are part of the story and will tell you something what you are getting. The reason I bought this car in particular is because it appeared to have never fallen into disrepair or had maintenance neglected. If you are familiar with 6.3s you’ll know that bringing a car out of disrepair or neglect is almost impossible unless you have a lot of money and time to dedicate to the project. By a lot of money, I mean >$100K. There were a lot of cars I saw in the $30K range that superficially looked ok, but had minimal service history, hidden areas of rust and various mechanical and cosmetic items that were in need to repair. Things like the air suspension valves and mechanical fuel injection pumps can only re-built at a handful of places. These, along with a variety of other mechanical parts will eventually need to be sorted out if the car has not been regularly driven. The 10,000 miles I’ve driven in the past year has given me great confidence that all the major kinks have been worked out in this car. My 6.3 has been maintained and serviced at one of the top 6.3 shops in the country, maybe the world. From receipts as well as evidence of previous work done, I would estimate that the car has had something like $100-150K spent on it over its lifetime on general maintenance and repair. Not bad, when considering it is 46 years old. Some of the notable items that I’ve done are: new air suspension, new mechanical injection pump, new starter with points, new window actuators, modern stereo system (reversible), partial repaint (very high quality, car cosmetically looks perfect). I am going to leave my phone number off the main listing because the last time I sold a car, I got more solicitations for other services than parties interested in purchasing the car itself. If you are seriously interested, send a message via the AutoTrader system and let's discuss over the phone. The car is in incredible shape but it is 46 years old and not perfect. I will be happy to go over what I consider the relatively minor imperfections when we speak. That said everything from the clock to the power antenna, lights, sunroof, air suspension, air conditioning etc. work as they should. Even little things like the trunk lock are working and correct. T his is not the typical 6.3 that you find on the market. Most of the cars I saw looked at before purchasing this one looked ok on the first glance but had significant problems with mechanicals or rust when I explored further. These were all cars in the $30 to $50K range. I doubt I could have taken any of them on a trouble-free 500-mile road trip. I'll apologize in advance, but please do not contact me with offers significantly lower than my asking price. I know these cars very well and very few 6.3s of this caliber every come up for sale. This is much closer to the >$200K 6.3 that was recently for sale at the MB Classic Center than it is one of the random cars that pop up for sale now and then with questionable mechanicals and maintenance history. I enjoy driving the car and have no real need to sell it. If you have a classic Benz or an older air-coooled 911, I might be interested in a trade. I have attached a nice set of photos showing the car on various road trips as well as in my neighborhood in New York City and Florida. The car is currently in Florida. I don't mind selling the car internationally provided the buyer takes care of all the logistics. As mentioned before, if interested please send a message via the Autotrader system and let's coordinate a time to discuss over the phone. **Ps. I am in the process of uploading more photos. Most need to be resized as they are higher resolution than the upload file size limit will allow. I hope to have this done within the next week.
Those with a limited budget should consider purchasing a project vehicle as an option to entering into classic car ownership.
1971 MERCEDES BENZ 300SEL 6.3 for sale. Motorcar Classics is proud to present this rare 1971 Mercedes 300SEL6.3 in superb restored condition. It is featured in the best original color combination of Silver exterior and Dark Burgundy leather interior. It features the rare Sunroof. A complete restoration was completed in May 2014 and the car has been driven only 2,000 miles since it was restored. The total mileage is 134,400. This superb example drives like a 6.3 should. It is strong and tight. The M100 Engine is a 6.3 litre V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and it delivers 300 HP through Mercedes 4-speed automatic gearbox, Features include air suspension, ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels, power windows, central locking and power steering, air conditioning, power sunroof, and rear seat reading lamps. The performance is 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds, 0-100 mph in 14.6 seconds, Standing 1/4 mile in 14.2 seconds. The top speed is in excess of 142 mph. When introduced contemporary road testers heaped praise in this awesome Mercedes factory Hot Rod that presaged the sporting Mercedes AMG model that followed years later. Restoration by BKM Motors, Long Island city, NY, completed May 2014: Interior and Paint: $17,867.46, Timing Chain, Fuel Injection, Battery: $6,547.21, Transmission and Differential Rebuild: $14,383.48, Engine Rebuild: $13,423.13 Sub-Total: $52,228.28. Restoration by Continental Cars completed July 2011: Suspension, Belts, Shocks, Bushings, Brakes, Hoses, Alternator, Motor Mounts, Control Arms, Brake Rotors Sub-Total: $14,209.23. Total Restoration Cost: $66,431.51
1988 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL. 2 owners Burgundy color Super good condition inside and out Always under a roof New tires (3000 miles) New brakes (front Dec. 2017) New muffler Low mileage. Vehicle is located in Los Angeles CA.. Financing Nationwide Shipping and Warranties available to qualified buyers. This vehicle is located in: Los Angeles, CA Stock Number: C171136L
San Francisco Sports Cars offers you the rare opportunity to purchase this 1972 Mercedes 300SEL originally owned by actor Steve McQueen. It is hard not to feel a little bit tougher and a whole lot cooler sitting in the very same seat that McQueen enjoyed for the last 8 years of his life. And by his son Chads admission this special car was one of McQueens favorites. When you drive this Benz youll immediately understand why. With its massive 6.3 liter V-8 the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL was the fastest production sedan of 1972. It was this speed and performance that made it a must have addition to Steves collection. The Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3 is also unique as the very first automobile equipped with AMGs magic. Marque expert Kienle Automobiltechnick meticulously restored the exterior of this 300SEL. It was finished in 2013 and has been well preserved ever since. Great care has been taken to maintain the interior, and the leather seating is the very same that served Steve McQueen throughout his eight-year ownership giving you the rare distinction of enveloping yourself in the nostalgia of McQueens drivers seat. It presents a beautiful patina, and is free of tears or cracks. The original wood trim, dash, and instrument dials are as-new. The McQueen connection to any item raises their price to multiples of their typical value. The same halo effect surrounds this 300SEL 6.3. It is well recorded that it was registered to Solar Productions; his production company. Other paperwork securely places the vehicle in his ownership from shipment in 1972 up until his death in 1980. And his son, Chad, recalls the day this beautiful Benz was delivered to their home. Considering that his touch turned all his vehicles into extremely valuable collectible treasures, this one, too, will offer you unrivaled bragging rights at any event ... and give you a wonderful vehicle to drive. Original Chassis Original Engine Original Body Documented McQueen Ownership Exterior Restored By Kienle, Germany Optional Webasto Sliding Roof http://www.mcqueenonline.com/1972mercedesbenz300sel.htm Contact: San Francisco Sports Cars 191 Industrial Rd San Carlos, CA 94070 Brad Goldstone 1-415-847-4169 Sam Cameron 1-415-636-2834 Leasing and finance options are available - trades are gladly considered. If you have an exotic sports car or an entire collection to consign and are anywhere in California, please consider San Francisco Sports Cars
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 was launched in 1968 at the Geneva Auto Show, and it was immediately acclaimed for its combination of performance and sophistication. The inspiration of Mercedes-Benz engineer Erich Waxenberger, the 6.3 sported the prolific power of a large-displacement V-8 engine and luxury seating for five passengers. With numbers worthy of a sports car a top speed of almost 140 mph and acceleration of 0 60 in 6.5 seconds the 300 SEL was the fastest saloon on the market and was described by Car and Driver as the most stimulating and desirable luxury car since the Duesenberg Model J. This pristine example was built in 1971 and delivered in stately Blue Metallic (DB 387) with dark blue interior. Having resided with two long-term owners prior to the consignor, the odometer reads just over 9,000 miles. This 300 SEL features factory air-conditioning, floor shift, and sunroof. The interior, with its multitude of luxurious appointments, is in outstanding condition, as is the exterior paintwork. The car is accompanied by a jack and a copy of the build sheet. In November 2018, the current owner had the 6.3 serviced by factory-trained technicians, rendering this Mercedes-Benz exceptional both for its condition and performance. This superb 6.3 is among the finest examples available today an ideal candidate for elegant outings and a worthy focal point of any collection.
1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SE COUPE--Silver with Bordeaux leather interior, Bordeaux carpeting, Sunroof, 3.0 Liter 6-Cylinder with a 4-Speed Automatic Transmission. The updated 300 SE was based on the W111 chassis and coachwork, but now fitted with big block 3.0 liter 6-Cylinder engine. The 300 SE came with standard luxury features such as air suspension, power steering and an automatic transmission. Having been registered as a 1968, this is one of the last 300 SE Coupes. This 300 SE Sunroof Coupe comes from a large Mercedes collection in Georgia where it has been sympathetically serviced, maintained and restored when and where needed. All body lines are excellent and shows no signs of any accidents or damage. The 300 runs and drives well with a gorgeous well cared for fresh interior. This Coupe has a very solid shell and drives accordingly with a smooth ride. As with many of the hand-built Mercedes Benz’s of this era, this 300 would benefit from some further mechanical and cosmetic maintenance and would make for an excellent driving touring car.
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