With the 300 series, Mercedes-Benz reclaimed its place as one of the top automotive manufacturers in the world. The all-new 300 series took its place as the company’s flagship. Initially offered only as a sedan, within months, the 300 S Coupes, Cabriolets and Roadsters debuted at the Paris Auto show and their distinct variations recalled the grandeur and elegance seen in the great 540Ks of the 1930s.
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A 188-010-4500019 – sold for €465,750
Chassis number ‘4500019’ was delivered new in 1954 to a German industrialist, the owner of a rubber factory near Frankfurt, complete with a full set of pigskin luggage, including the rare round suitcase. He kept the car until 1973 when it was purchased by another German entrepreneur for his extensive private collection where it remained for nearly 30 years. The original invoice when the car changed hands from the first to the second owner is in the file. The 300 S was one of the latter’s favourite cars and was used for touring and classic rallies after he moved to Switzerland. In 1989 he commissioned Garage P de Siebenthal, based in Lausanne, Switzerland to undertake the car’s restoration (invoices on file). In the course of these works the car received a new interior, a brake overhaul, a general major service and new carpets. Auction Source: The Mercedes-Benz Sale 2015 by Bonhams
This stunning 300S Cabriolet was formerly part of a Midwestern collection for over 35 years. During the mid-1980s, it received a complete rotisserie restoration by M.B. Restorations, and thereafter was driven just 900 miles. The current owner purchased the car in 2003 before commissioning a total disassembly and bare-metal repaint by a European-car specialist. In addition, the car received a new interior, new Carpathian Elm woodwork and a new canvas top, with truly outstanding results evident throughout. The car also comes complete with its original fitted luggage, tools and jack.
Recognized as a Certified Milestone Car, the 300S Cabriolet is every bit as desirable today as it was during the early 1950s. Offered in concours-quality condition, this example will certainly offer a very rewarding ownership experience and remains one of the most stylish and exclusive automobiles of its era – a grand cabriolet with royal presence.