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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:58 AM


The Mercedes 300 series was the top of the line for post-war cars in the 50's and 60's. The cars were big, powerful
and packed with advanced features. Most often, the cars were used as limousines or transportation for heads of
state. From 1952 to 1962 only around 6,200 Mercedes 300 sedans were built! That makes this a very rare and
desirable car for any collector. Not many 300's exist in this condition. This is a rare chance to buy a reliable
driving show-car that is very unique.
Original Technical Specifications of the 300
From Silver Star Restorations Website
Engine Type:
6 cyl overhead camshaft
Bore and stroke:
85 x 88 mm
2996 cc
Power output:
115 hp (DIN) @ 4600 rpm
Compression ratio:
20 mkg @ 2500 rpm
2 downdraft carbs Solex 40 PBJC
Engine speed at 100km/hr:
3300 rpm
Gear ratios:
I. 2.95:1 II. 2.13:1 III. 1.46:1 IV. 1.00:1
Rear axle ratio:
X-shaped oval tubular
independent front, single swing axle rear, with coil springs
Brakes and area:
drum, 1270 sq. cm
Track front/rear:
Ground clearance:
7.1 x 15 extra
Turning circle:
12.6-13.1 meters
Steering type and ratio:
worm, 17.9:1 (4 turns)
4026 lbs.
Maximum speed:
99.5 mph
18 sec 0-100 km
Fuel consumption:
16.5 L/100 km, (14.2 mpg)
Fuel tank capacity:
72 L (19 gal)
History of this Mercedes 300
I purchased this car at an auction in Houston, Texas in 2009. This Mercedes, and several others, were being sold by
a collector car company in Laredo, Texas. This car has
a sticker in the rear quarter window for the Miniature Electric Scale Auto Club, a slot-racer modeler's club that
was active in Los Angeles during the 1960's and 1970's. This sticker along with the condition of the body and frame
lead me to believe the car is an original southern California car.
Upon inspection, it was apparent that this Mercedes had been restored sometime in the late 1980's or early 1990's.
The interior, body/paint condition, and wood trim were in excellent shape. After a few days of shop time, the car
was up and running. Then it sat for a couple years while we replaced the brakes, distributor (electronic ignition
from Brooklyn Motorworks), rebuilt the carbs, installed dual yellow-top Optima batteries, resealed a few trim
pieces and installed air conditioning. We also did a complete paint job. Since then it has been driven on
occasional Sunday's I've never seen any
rust on it since the day I bought it in 2009. Hundreds of hours of labor have gone into this car to fix all the
little things and make it a comfortable, reliable car to drive. The tires are like-new with less than 1,000 miles.
The interior is very nice, as previously stated, I believe it was redone in the 1990's. The clutch moves freely and
the transmission shifts smoothly. The carbs were recently tuned. It is a little finicky until warmed up, and a
manual choke cable allows adjustment of the idle. All of the gauges and indicator lights work. All the exterior
lights work, including the signals and signal switch. The dual-setting horn functions. The stock heater, vents and
blower work. The 12V outlet works. The self-lubricating chassis system works. The electric torsion bars work. The
distrbutor advance control works. The windshield wipers work. The brakes are redone and work perfectly, including
the e-brake. All of the glass is excellent and original. The aftermarket air conditioning blows ice cold, and has a
rear fan unit. The dual batteries allow for reliable starting, even after sitting for extended periods of time.

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