Silver · 8 Cylinder · 53,820 miles
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 youâ€™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. Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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 Royceâ€™s, S Class Benzâ€™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. Iâ€™m happy to give you a little run down on myself also if we talk over the phone. For cars like these, the ownerâ€™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 youâ€™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 Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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.