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1971 Mercedes-Benz (W109) 300SEL 6.3
This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 is an understated classic, having been delivered new to Australia and presenting in museum-condition quality. Under the bonnet is a naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V8 engine which sends 184kW/500Nm to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. It can sprint from zero to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds and run on to a 220km/h top speed. This example currently displays 41,009 miles on its odometer.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 is the genesis of performance-focused Mercedes-Benzes. The idea started out as a skunkworks project by a Benz engineer who fitted the 6.3-litre V8 from the Mercedes-Benz 600 limousine to a smaller W109 300 SEL. What followed was an impressive level of performance for its era, which Mercedes-Benz executives took a keen liking to and decided to turn the prototype into a production model. Not only did it enhance Mercedes-Benz’s reputation for executive performance vehicles, but it also allowed Mercedes-Benz to become more profitable by utilising the 6.3-litre engine in more applications. This is the car that Mercedes-Benz references with its V8-powered AMG C63; this car is where it all began.
Finished in light blue on the exterior and paired with a slate blue leather interior, this 300 SEL 6.3’s specification is period specific. The look is underscored by extensive chrome brightwork on the outside, while the interior is marked by blue carpeting and woodgrain trim accents. This car was specified with the sunroof option and also gets items like air suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, central locking, power windows, and power steering. The car currently sits on a set of 14-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin whitewall tyres.
Delivered new to Australia, this vehicle has been used sparingly throughout its life, as evidenced by the low mileage. The car was acquired by its current owners in 2017 from the Gosford Classic Car museum and has been seldom used since. That said, it has received a fair amount of attention including reworked air suspension, new timing chain and tensioner, and even superficial works such as refurbishing the exterior chromework. The current owner states the vehicle is overdue for a service.
The exterior condition of this vehicle presents beautifully for its age, with blue paintwork that reflects well and polished chrome trim. The paintwork displays no obvious imperfections and no body damage is readily observed. Some mild points of patina are beginning to show around chrome trim, adding to the car’s vintage appeal. All four wheels look undamaged of curb rash, though the Michelin tyres will need to be replaced soon.
Interior-wise, this car shows in similarly tidy order. Blue leather upholstery is clean and undamaged by cracking or fading, while dash trim and door cards display minimal signs of wear and tear. Both rows of seating hold their original shape very well. The woodgrain trim accenting shows no overt signs of cracking or damage and the blue carpet is unmarked. The car does have air conditioning and heating, though both systems do not work presently.
This Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 will be sold with its original brochure.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number. It is not recorded as stolen or written off.
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