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Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé (W 188 I)

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MATCHING
NUMBERS

RESTORED IN THE
MB CLASSIC-CENTER

TWO OWNERS
SINCE 1988

EXPERT'S
REPORT

PROMINENT
1ST OWNER

Technical specifications

Manufacturer
Mercedes-Benz
Model
300 S Coupé
Model series
W 188 I
Mileage
450 km
Period of production
1951 - 1955
Year of construction
1954
Initial registration
01.07.1954
Engine
In-line six-cylinder
Performance (hp)
110 kW / 150 PS
Transmission
4-speed manual
engine (ccm)
2996 cm³
Fuel
Petrol
Steering
Left hand drive
Exterior
Black (040)
Interior
Leather gray
General inspection
March 2023
Quantity
216 Coupés
Assessment
Restored
Matching-Numbers
Historic Plate

Equipment and special features

  • German vehicle
  • Prominent first owner
  • Matching Numbers
  • Radio Becker Nürburg

Documents and documentation

  • Copy of the original Daimler-Benz data card
  • Invoice for the restoration by MB Classic Center
  • Old registration documents with previous owner (1989)
  • Original operating instructions
  • Invoices since 1988

car description

The Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé of the W188 series offered for sale here was sold on 26 April 1954 by the Ulm branch (Germany) to its first owner in Kirchdorf an der Iller. This was none other than Hans Liebherr, founder of today’s world-famous construction machinery group. In 1988 it changed ownership from Lake Starnberg to a city near Munich, since then there are various invoices. There it remained in the same ownership for about 26 years before the last change of ownership took place in 2014.

In 2015, the 300 S Coupé was restored at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Fellbach for around €110,000. The front and rear axles as well as the brakes were completely revised or renewed. The original engine (Matching Number) was re-sealed, various wear parts were replaced. The valves were adjusted, the carburetors were disassembled and reprocessed. The gearbox was overhauled by a specialist company. All seals and rubber parts were also renewed, the underbody group was blasted with dry ice and preserved. Furthermore, the fuel supply was revised, i. e. the tank was derusted and conserved, the pipes and hoses renewed. In addition, the ignition system has been revised, the wiring harness has been renewed and the decorative and add-on parts have been revised. All work is traceable on the basis of the invoices.

The result is really impressive and was rewarded with a grade 1- by an expert's report in 2016. This model is among the already rare 300 S a very rare German vehicle, which knows to convince with its excellent condition.

History of the series

The Mercedes W 188 series was presented to the public at the Paris Motor Show in October 1951. The coupés, cabriolets and roadsters were derived from the W 186 series sedan and had a wheelbase that was 15 cm shorter than it. They were the last Daimler-Benz models to be built on a chassis seperated from the body. With a total of 560 examples of the 300 S and 200 of the 300 Sc, the W 188 series is rarer than the 300 SL (W 198). It is not without reason the W 188 are the most expensive model series of Mercedes over the entire construction period.

In 1955, the model series was revised and renamed the 300 Sc. Both versions, the 300 S and the 300 Sc, are among the most exclusive Mercedes-Benz passenger car models of the post-war period and today, along with the 300 SL, are particularly sought-after collectors' cars.

Price

435.000,00 € (VAT not applicable)
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