Lot 247: 1971 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3 Sedan
December 2, 2016
Hillsborough, NC, USALive Auction
VIN# 10901812005087 Mileage: 153,250
In the late 60's, this car was called, quite rightly, "The Executive Road Racer." Of only 6500 units produced between 1968 and 1971, this example is one of 670 produced in 1971. This is a rare crossbreed of a car. An enterprising Mercedes Engineer in 1967, combined the luxury and refinement of the 300 series, and the brute power from the 600 series limousines. This combination gave the car a top speed of 137 m.p.h and 0-60 m.p.h. times in 6.5 seconds. Very fast by any standards, especially in a car that weighs 3800 lbs. It is equipped with a 6.3 liter V8 engine that produced around 300 h.p.
It is also equipped with a 4 speed automatic transmission.
This example is currently with its 4th owner. Originally sold to a Wisconsin businessman who wintered in Florida, which explains the very rare color combination, a light Ivory color. The second owner had some work done by Bert Reimschessel, a legendary Mercedes Benz mechanic. It was also repainted, and competed successfully in the MBCA Concours d' Elegance in the early 80's. The third owner resided in Denver, and used the car for fun and club events on the west coast. He was the editor of The Star for 25 years. It was maintained by Heinz Nickel, another 6.3 expert. This owner also spared no expense maintaining it, and was featured in The Star. It received a factory fix for the high altitude hot starts, new valve job, motor mounts, fuel injection pump was rebuilt by Pacific Fuel Injection, and a new airbag for a write up of the replacement. When Mr. Nickel passed away, a new mechanic was enlisted, Stu Ritter, who later became the technical editor for The Star. It received new exhaust, new window channels and door seals, and a set of original and correct 215/70VR14 Michelin XWX tires. The 4th and current owner, received the car with 132,000 miles in 2002. With understanding owners and highly skilled mechanics, this car is in much better condition than most garage queens with low miles.
For this Lot, payment accepted only by Wire Transfer. 15% Buyer's Premium for In-House, Telephone & Absentee Bidding. 20% Buyer's Premium for Live Internet Bidding. Sales tax is not due on invoice.
Retains original Becker radio, and coco floor mats. Dunlop spare tire is original and never been on the car. Retains original air suspension chocks with tool kit, jack and trunk mat. Original wood trim is good with some de-lamination on the upper dashboard near the windshield. All glass, trim pieces and are excellent and properly aligned. Bumpers are original, bright, unmarked and properly aligned. Hubcaps are in excellent condition, and the painted metal lip in the trunk is unmarked.
In 1998, this car was flown to Hawaii by Mercedes Benz, to be presented alongside the new S Class Sedans for the US market. In 2003, it was used again by Mercedes Benz to introduce the E55 AMG in Virginia.
Private Collections, Durham, NC
Condition Report: Small rock ding on right side of windshield trim, numerous rock chips to sides and front paint, rust forming on upper left fender near hood and right rear lower fender, some drying and cracking to seats, some delaminating to wood on upper front of dashboard, original carpet is clean but dry and brittle in places with a small patch missing, engine compartment is clean and has a new Interstate Battery, A/C is not operating, air lock doors locks are temperamental, and right turn signal will not stay engaged. Air suspension is operable.