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This Mercedes Benz 300d Cabriolet D "Adenauer" comes from a very important collection of vehicles. The Adenauer was last conserved in April 2020.
In the 90s, a very extensive and high-quality restoration took place, during which the Adenauer got a gray paint job in DB 190 H (nitro paint) instead of the original black. As part of the restoration, it was completely disassembled and rebuilt from scratch. A photo documentation shows this process in detail.
The over 5 meter long convertible is anything but inconspicuous. When you drive up in this convertible, you make a regal entrance, even if it's only in front of the ice cream parlor in the neighboring village. Discreet is different. But that's exactly what makes this luxury-class convertible stand out. Originally used as a state limousine by heads of state after World War II, it is now a sought-after collector's item.
The combination of the gray paint and the light gray interior makes for a harmonious overall appearance. A nice contrast is provided by the dark burl wood in the interior, which adorns the doors and dashboard. Thanks to the high-quality restoration, one has the feeling of sitting in a newly delivered vehicle. The dimensions of the luxury-class convertible and the elevated seating position make for a sublime driving experience.
As the successor model to the 300 c representative sedan (W186), the W189 was "the" German state sedan until the W100 series replaced it. At the time, the W189 was the largest production vehicle made in Germany.
The W189 Cabriolet gave rise to the then novel term "hardtop sedan". The reason for this was the lack of side pillars on the frame/body.
The W189 was the first Mercedes to be developed with intake manifold fuel injection, unlike the 300 SC and 300 SL. Innovations to the earlier models included power steering, power windows, orthopedic seats, air conditioning and the first steel sunroof at extra cost.
One of the 3 extended Pullman limousines or Pullman landaulets was delivered to the Vatican and used by Pope John XXIII as the "Papamobil".