- Post is under moderationThe magic Mercedes number 300 stands for the high claim to build the best car in the world. But only the 300 S mentioned coupes and convertibles drive engineering and driving culture to the top. We drove the Schaustuck from the Paris salon in 1951. Luxurious liner. #Mercedes-Benz-300S-W188 / #Mercedes-Benz-W188 / #Mercedes-Benz / #1952 / #Mercedes-Benz-300-S-Convertible-A / #Mercedes-Benz-300S-Convertible /
The imposing Mercedes 300 S fulfills all the criteria of a real full-blooded automobile. The finely decorated, beautifully illustrated two-seater carries the massive star on the endlessly long bonnet with special pride. It originates from a classy, innovative brand, is powered by a 150 hp three-liter six-cylinder with overhead camshaft, and its elaborate chassis with rear double-jointed pendulum axle combines unrivaled ride comfort with a safe road position. The MotorRevue, a classy sister magazine of automotor and sport, euphorically stated: "There is no doubt that we are dealing with the best car in the world in the case of the 300S." Only the "antiquated pre-war body" is mended It is precisely the enormous charm of this class car.
The Hall-of-Fame-qualification of the highly sporty, 300 S is completed by the low number of pieces: only 560 copies of this mens car automobile, which like no other German car of that time paid for luxury and performance, were predominantly manual work and still Distributed on three body variants. There was above all the 300 S Cabriolet A with steeply raised cloth top and striking storm bars. In addition, the solved clientele could still choose between a roadster with a thin, fully retractable fabric hood as well as a stylistically extremely successful coupé, which looks as if the roadster had been designed with an adorable little hardtop. No one can see in his splendor and glory the somewhat old-paternal Adenauer base. The 115 hp and 160 kmh fast 300 sedan delivered the engine, gearbox, axles and the shortened chassis for the 300 S by 15 centimeters with the x-shaped oval tube frame. Since the prewar type, this had been the basic piece of the Mercedes kit since 1949, which has been extended by 170S and 220S since 1949.
The original 1952 convertible
At the IAA in April 1951, the #Adenauer again linked the famous pre-war tradition of high-quality Mercedes class cars. Only a few months later, in October 1951, the 300-coupe coupe and convertible appeared at the 38th Paris Salon Mondial de l'Automobile. With the higher-compression three-liter six-cylinder engines instead of two Solex carburetors, the elegant two-seater was capable of producing 150 hp. According to the Mercedes-Benz chronologist Werner Oswald, only two models were produced in 1951, a coupe and a convertible A.
The latter, still painted white on the exhibition photos, has survived and is presented in new splendor on these pages. The perfection and perfection that was uncompromising in perfection and authenticity was made by the Mercedes-Benz specialist Mechatronics Classic, a Pleidelsheim company. Only the color is a concession to the new owner who does not want to be named and unfortunately wants to give little over this jewel. However, it is important to know that this Ur-300-S has been running for a long time in the USA and has been crudely upgraded to a medium circuit.
Eye-catching cream should be DB code 629, instead of innocent white. Because in this striking pastel tone, the car was re-painted in 1955 because of its prototype character. He makes his mysterious identity in 28 subtle differences, most of which concern body and interior. Most notable are details such as the trim strip in the middle of the bonnet, the limousine indicators, the missing number plate lights and the unfinished open bumper horns.
But when you enter the splendid antique cabinet, which receives the driver with the finest leather, two precious wood veneer and a wealth of chrome-plated pull and rotary switches, the connoisseur records the most important difference to the later manufactory small series. The heavy, wide portals of the 300 S with the elaborately modeled footboard openings open across the wide, wide sills, while the passengers of the regularly manufactured 300 S can only see the road. The frame bracket closes with them on the side wall.
A luxury yacht for the road The feeling in the 300 S differs, apart from the pronounced fresh-air flair when the convertible top is open, not very much from the recently intensely moving 300 limousine. After an awesome pressure on the starter button, the six-cylinder wakes up with hoarse sound and harmonious idle speed. The controls for steering, brakes and shifting are astonishingly low. The large, wide car is amazingly effortless and already around the first kilometer round and liquid. Once again, the steering wheel system celebrates driving in this majestic boat to the stately act. From a sublime position in the sumptuous armchair, you always have the good star on all the streets at the end of the endless hood horizon.
The guarantor of security makes you safe even in this precious solitaire over the narrow streets. They try to find their way between the vineyards of Besigheim by chance. The easy play of the ball circulation around the center position makes the swing, the chrome-plated hoop ring also activates the turn signal, it awakens the impression that standing pedals are more sensitive. The clearly drawn instruments recall the father's pontoon, an oil pressure gauge is on board, a speedometer would be nice. One would like to explore the true performance with the supple six-cylinder, whose pulling power is astonishing, and whose joy of rotation is astonishing. But it also goes so fast forward, impressive is the swallowing capacity of the suspension. Even fast-moving corners he takes confidently, without the driver of the heavy ship is afraid. So just this 300-S-Vollblut in the end would only wish that it will be driven in the future and not only in the stable.
I rarely have the pleasure of driving such a full-blooded luxury car as the Mercedes 300S. It is not only the craftsmanship that characterizes this car. Performance, comfort and handling characteristics were far ahead in the early 1950s. Only the opulently painted body reminds of the prewar years.
The artistically equipped 300S was once 5500 Marks more expensive than the ascetic 300SL
Another 300S is being rebuilt Mechatronics masterpieces
The cream-colored 300S Cabriolet of this story celebrated its resurrection at Mechatronics Classic in Pleidelsheim. The specialist company, founded in 1996 by Frank Rickert, a former AMG engineer, is one of the first addresses when it comes to maintenance, repair and restoration of high-class Mercedes-Benz cars. Impressive is the depth of production: whether bodywork, saddlery, parts logistics or engine construction, everything is under one roof.
The keyboard of the chromium, embedded in the root veneer. Sublime Mercedes star on solid screw base.
Three-cylinder six-cylinder with three carburettors
The "Sindelfinger Body" is a compliment.
The Mercedes stylists understood their craft
The 300 S is formally still far away from factual pontoon prose. He also rejoices with sensuous curves in perfect poetry
TECHNICAL DATA FILE #1952 #Mercedes-Benz-300S-Convertible-A-W188 I, 1951-1955 / #Mercedes-Benz-300Sc-Cabriolet-A-W188 / #Mercedes-Benz-300-Cabriolet-A-W188 / #Mercedes-Benz-W188 / #Mercedes-Benz-300Sc / #Mercedes-Benz-300Sc-Cabriolet-A / #Mercedes-Benz-300Sc-Cabriolet-W188 / #Mercedes-Benz-M199 / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes-Benz-Cabriolet-W188 / #Mercedes-Benz-Adenauer-Cabriolet / #Mercedes-Benz-Type-300-Cabriolet / #Konrad-Adenauer / #Adenauer
MOTOR Type #M188 / , water-cooled six-cylinder in-line engine, front longitudinal, bore x stroke 85 x 88 mm, displacement 2996cc,
Power 150 hp at 5000 rpm,
Max. Torque 230 Nm at 3800 rpm
Compression ratio 7,8: 1, two valves per combustion chamber, operated by an overhead chain driven camshaft and drag lever, block made of gray cast iron, cylinder head made of light metal, seven crankshaft bearings, three case streamers Solex 40 PBJC 6.5 liter
POWER TRANSMISSION Single disc dry clutch, fully synchronized four-speed transmission with steering wheel shift
BODY AND CHASSIS Steel body, welded to the X-shaped oval tube frame, front independent suspension on double triangular cross-arms, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, rear swing axle with two hinges, two coil springs per wheel, balancing spring, telescopic shock absorbers, Drum brakes, wheels 5 J x 15, tires 6.70 x 15
MASS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 2900 mm, length x width x height 4700 x 1860 x 1510 mm,
Weight 1760 kg, tank 85 liters
DRIVING AND CONSUMPTION
Max speed 175 kmh,
0-62MPH 0 to 100 in 14 s, consumption 17 l / 100 km
BUILDING TIME AND PIECES 1951 to 1955, 560 Expl., In addition 200 pieces 300 Sc (W 188 II), 1955 to 1958
MERCEDES-BENZ 300 S CABRIOLET A CAR REPORT PURCHASING
Mercedes 300 S / Sc, W188
A top-class car like the 300 S consumes immense restoration costs, despite solid frame construction and robust technology.
Because the 300 S now costs the cost of a full restoration with a value of 600,000 euros, one should consult a specialist before the purchase, which can assess the quality of previous partial restorations and body repair. Thanks to the solid X-shape oval tube frame, penetrations on the underside are rare, sometimes it gets the longitudinal beams in the rear axle area or the floor plates at the level of the front seats. However, all attachments, such as mudguards, doors and bonnets, are highly susceptible to rust. A 300 S should be complete as a restoration object. The processing of the valuable interior is complex and costly.
Although a similar 300 S is not a 170 diesel, but the slightly long-stroke three-liter six-cylinder is considered robust and achieves high mileage. He does not like Dauverollgas. Above all, the 300 Sc with nine liters of oil content has been cautiously warm. Worn piston rings, which lead to high oil consumption, are not rare. But most of the technical problems on the carburetor battery, the injection system (SC), the braking system and the central lubrication for the axle joints are the cause of damage to the booth.
On introduction 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300S, convertible A 34 500 Mark
Classic Analytics Prize 2017 (state 2/4) 655 000/435 000 euros
The parts position is critical with the only 760 times built 300 S / Sc. Not everything is available, the prices are 300-SL level, the quality varies. Restorers prefer to work instead of exchanging. Good sources are: Mercedes Classic Center and the parts dealers Werner Karasch, Heinrich Niemoller, Günter Jelinek and Miroslav Benkovic.
CLUBS AND SPECIALISTS
Mercedes-Benz Veteranenclub eV, MVC, Hackländerstrasse 23, 70184 Stuttgart, Tel. 07 11/75 85 77 15, www.mvconline.de Kienle Automobiltechnik GmbH, restoration and sale, Max Planck Street 4, 71254 Heimerdingen, www. Kienle.com Mechatronik Classic GmbH, restoration, sales, Stuifenstraße 54, 74385 Pleidelsheim, phone 071 44/998 20, www.mechatronik.de
1 mudguards, lamppacks, standing blocks.
2 door boards (footboard)
3 car lifts
4 rear frame braces
5 spare tire trough
6 Central lubrication
7 Front and rear axle joints
8 Carburetor synchronization
9 Dry sump lubrication (Sc)
10 Injection stamped pump (Sc)
Spare parts location 2
Easy to repair 3
Maintenance costs 2
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- Post is under moderationGone with the wind
Exclusive, expensive and with sumptuous good looks, it is not hard to see how this 300Sc Cabriolet A captured the heart of one of Hollywood’s all time greats. Words & Images Richard Truesdell.
Classic Choice 300Sc Cabriolet A
One of the most iconic actors of his era, William Clark Gable personified everything that was Hollywood in its golden age. The actor, who spoke one of the most memorable lines in screen history in the 1939 epic Gone with the Wind, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” was a man with exceptional taste in automobiles. While his 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe may be the best known car that he owned during his lifetime, the so-called ‘King of Hollywood’ had an affection for cars bearing the three-pointed star.
The connection between the actor and #Mercedes - Benz includes a 1955 300SL Gullwing that is so famous in its own right, that it is known as the ‘Clark Gable Gullwing’. Shortly afterwards, in 1956, Gable, with his fifth wife Kay, strode into Auto Stiegler, the factory authorised Mercedes-Benz dealership in Beverly Hills and took delivery of this brown painted, tan leather trimmed 300Sc Cabriolet A. It was reported by onlookers that the couple blazed out of the Mercedes dealership for the short drive back to their ranch in nearby Encino.
This 300Sc was the last car Gable purchased in his lifetime, reportedly one of his favourites in a life filled with many exceptional cars. Gable was so fond of this Mercedes that when attending the premiere of 1956’s Giant starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean, shortly after purchasing his 300Sc, he and his wife apparently decided to forego the customary Warner Brothers Cadillac limousine and instead arrived in style and continental elegance in their new Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Cabriolet A.
At a delivered price of $12,500, Gable’s 300Sc cost more than his recently purchased 300SL Gullwing, indeed more than any American luxury car. The only US car that could compare in elegance to Gable’s 300Sc in 1956 would be the Continental Mark II , a limited production coupe that sold for $10,000 – Ford reportedly lost money on each example built. A Cadillac Eldorado was a bargain at just $6,648!
THE LAST AND BEST
The three-litre, six-cylinder 300S (W188) was first exhibited in October 1951 at the Paris Motor Show, production commencing in 1952. It was based on the W186 300 that had debuted earlier the same year at the Frankfurt show in April, Mercedes’ top of the range limousine that soon became popular with VIPs including Chancellor Konrad Adenauer whose name is now associated with the model.
The W188 300S used a 150mm shorter version of the W186 300’s chassis and was offered as a coupe, a roadster and a cabriolet A, the roadster almost identical to the cabriolet A, but with a lighter, fully retractable roof. Until 1955, all three models in the exclusive 300S range were powered by Mercedes’ M188 straight-six that developed 148bhp and 170lb ft torque. Between 1952 and 1955, 203 Mercedes- Benz 300S Cabriolet As were built, along with 216 coupes and 141 roadsters.
At the 1955 Frankfurt show, the 300Sc was presented to replace the 300S range. Thanks to direct fuel injection, power went up to 173bhp, while out back, Mercedes introduced its low pivot, independent rear suspension. One visual change to the exterior was a pair of chrome strips on the front wings, plus ‘Einspritzmotor’ was embossed on the rear bumper, denoting fuel injection. The same three body shapes were produced as before. There was the 300Sc Coupe of which 98 were built between December 1955 and April 1958, the 300Sc Roadster of which 53 were built between January 1956 and February 1958 and this, the most rare, the 300Sc Cabriolet A, built from January 1956 until July 1957, of which just 49 rolled off the production line.
PLAYING THE WAITING GAME
So this is an exclusive classic and one with a superstar owner, only endowing this gorgeous motorcar with yet more kudos. Clark Gable’s beloved 300Sc was stored in a garage at his ranch in Encino for more than 20 years following his death in November 1960 at the age of 59. And this is where this Mercedes’ second owner enters the picture. Bruce Meyer is well known in the United States as a car collector – others in his collection include a 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux, the first Corvette to race at Le Mans and the first production Shelby Cobra Roadster. Having previously restored another 300Sc Cabriolet A, Meyer knew that Gable’s 300Sc was in storage in Encino and throughout the late 1970s he tried to acquire the car from Gable’s widow. Finally, in 1981, after selling his 300Sc, Meyer purchased the car from Kay Gable.
“What makes this car so special, beyond the fact it was once owned by Clark Gable,” Meyer tells us, “is its originality. Gable took great care with all his cars and the 300Sc was no different. At the end of his life it was his favourite car, you could say that it was his daily driver.”
Driving from one location to another in Beverly Hills, I was struck at just how tight and rattle free the Mercedes-Benz cabriolet is, a car that is just a year younger than I am and that now has a touch over 33,000 miles on its odometer. We pull into the home of Stanley Gold, the former Disney executive and noted Porsche collector whose mansion bears something of a resemblance to Tara’s in Gone with the Wind. “The car is completely original, except for the front seats’ leather upholstery,” comments Meyer. “The paint is as it left the Mercedes factory, as is the top, which I’ve never lowered, and the interior wood is flawless. But the element that sets this car apart from any other 300Sc can be found on the glove box, a St Christopher’s medal clearly engraved with the initials ‘CG.’ I don’t show this car often but I can tell you that I still enjoy every moment behind the wheel. I’ve driven it as far away as San Diego, a round trip of 260 miles.”
The 300Sc cars find themselves at a crossroads in the history of Mercedes-Benz. In terms of design, styling, construction and their hand built nature, they are clearly linked to the great pre-war Mercedes-Benz motorcars. And at the same time, they personify the German economic miracle of the 1950s and its recovery from the devastation of World War Two. It is incredible to think that the company was able to turn itself around and rebuild itself so quickly. Less than a decade after the declaration of peace, Mercedes-Benz was once again producing some of the world’s finest motorcars and attracting some of the world’s greatest superstars, celebrities like Clark Gable, who could afford the very best and naturally gravitated towards the three-pointed star.
The car is just so tight and rattle free, even with a touch over 33,000 miles on its odometer.
This is the most rare variant, of which just 49 rolled off the production line.
This 300Sc was the last car Gable purchased in his lifetime, reportedly one of his favourites.
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Engine #M199 2,996cc 6-cyl
Power 173bhp @ 5,400rpm
Torque 188lb ft @ 4,300rpm
Transmission 4-speed manual, RWD
Top speed 112mph
Fuel consumption 22.6mpg
Years produced 1956-1957
Rare, beautiful and kept in stunning condition throughout its 56-year life, this classic cabriolet is a very special treat for the senses Figures for car as pictured; fuel consumption determined at of top speed (not more than 110km/h, 68mph) plus 10 per cent.
This archive shot shows #Clark-Gable with this very #Mercedes-Benz .
Since being built in 1956, this cabriolet has only covered a little over 33,000 miles.
Beautifully simple, the chrome trimmed speedo takes centre stage.
The original Becker Mexico radio remains on the car’s dashboard.
The car is totally original, apart from the leather trim on the two front seats.
Fitted luggage secured with leather straps within the curved rear.
This plate is yet to collect dirt and confirms that it is a #1956 car.
Current owner Bruce Meyer has never lowered the fabric roof, preserving its condition.
Earlier W188s had 148bhp, 173bhp for these 300Sc cars.
The St Christopher’s medal bearing the ‘CG’ inscription.
Whitewall tyres and chrome hubs offset the brown paint.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.