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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Coupé

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Coupé

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Coupé

In October 1951, Daimler-Benz presented the Mercedes-Benz 300 S at the Paris Motor Show. In addition to the coupe variant, production of which began in 1952, there were also a convertible A and a roadster. In technical terms, the 300 S was largely based on the 300 sedan and positioned as a particular representative car with a sporty touch – meeting the highest demands made on roadholding and speed. The engine (110 kW/150 hp) gave the car a remarkable top speed of 175 km/h. The revised 300 Sc version made its debut in September 1955. It was now fitted with a single-joint swing axle with a low pivot point; direct injection replacing the carburetors raised engine output to 129 kW (175 hp). Both versions, the 300 S and the 300 Sc, ranked among the most exclusive Mercedes-Benz passenger car models in the post-war period and, like the 300 SL, are highly coveted classics among vintage car enthusiasts today.

In Detail

tags w188, 300sc
submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Germany
body stylist Sindelfingen
coachbuilder Sindelfingen
engine M199 Inline-6
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
displacement 2996 cc / 182.8 in³
bore 85 mm / 3.35 in
stroke 88 mm / 3.46 in
compression 8.55:1
power 128.3 kw / 172 bhp @ 5400 rpm
specific output 57.41 bhp per litre
torque 254.89 nm / 188 ft lbs @ 4300 rpm
front tires 6.70-15
rear tires 6.70-15
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
front wheels F 38.1 x 12.7 cm / 15 x 5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 12.7 cm / 15 x 5 in
steering Recirculating Ball
wheelbase 2900 mm / 114.2 in
front track 1480 mm / 58.3 in
rear track 1525 mm / 60.0 in
length 4700 mm / 185.0 in
width 1916 mm / 75.4 in
height 1510 mm / 59.4 in
top speed ~180.2 kph / 112 mph
0 – 60 mph ~14.0 seconds



Auction Sales History


1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupe 188.014.5500029 – sold for $671,000 One of Just 98 Examples Produced. Beautifully Restored and Refinished in Excellent Colors by Robin Onsoien, the proprietor of Early Motors in Nipomo, California. Trimmed by Jack’s Upholstery of Santa Maria. Engine rebuilt by Lesco Engines of San Luis Obispo. The Ultimate Expression of Mercedes-Benz’s Celebrated 300 Series. Equipped with Dual Spares and Karl Baisch Fitted Luggage. Accompanied by Copy of Factory Wagenkarte.
Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company


1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupé 188.014-7500020 – sold for €572,700 One of only 98 built with this particular body style, this stunning and ultra-rare 300 Sc coupé left the factory on 13th June 1957 and was delivered to the Mercedes-Benz main dealer in Düsseldorf (data sheet on file). Painted in its original black with contrasting red leather interior, it also features the very rare, large sliding steel sunroof, which makes it an excellent proposition for summer touring.
Auction Source: The Mercedes-Benz Sale 2015 by Bonhams


1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupe 188.014.5500029 – sold for $550,000 One of Just 98 300 Sc Coupes Built. Thoroughly Restored to Concours Condition. Single Ownership for 30 Years. Presented with Dual Spares and Karl Baisch Fitted Luggage. Accompanied by Copy of Factory Build Record.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company