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1951-1952 Mercedes-Benz Type 300

1957 Mercedes-Benz Type 300Sc convertible of the 1951-1962 Type 300s
1957 Mercedes-Benz Type 300Sc convertible

The 1951-1962 Mercedes-Benz Type 300 was the first completely new offering from Daimler-Benz following World War II, with the emphasis mainly on engineering. A big car for big occasions, the 300 featured new running gear from end to end, including an overhead-cam 3.0-liter inline six that would later gain fame in the 300SL racing and road-going sports cars.

The chassis was an oval-tube affair with independent suspension all around. Rear ride height was electrically adjustable from inside by means of auxiliary torsion bars. The 300 was massive for a European car, with "transition" styling that marked Mercedes-Benz's move to more modern full-width envelope body lines.

Though it remained in production for a decade, in its last years it was mostly an indulgence for the firm. The design went through four distinct phases. More horsepower, optional automatic transmission, and a higher final drive were offered beginning with the 300c in 1955. The 300d introduced in 1957 was more powerful still.

The Type 300s were offered as pillared and pillarless four-door sedans plus a limousine model, all with upright, traditional lines featuring a tall Mercedes grille, semi-integrated front fenders, and a short, rounded rump.

While the Type 300 was ponderous to drive, it was meticulously engineered and beautifully finished.

Pluses of the 1951-1962 Mercedes-Benz Type 300:

  • Solid separate chassis
  • Thorough, somewhat advanced engineering for the time
  • "Gothic" styling for those who like it
  • Spaciousness
  • Well-equipped
  • A Milestone car

Minuses of the 1951-1962 Mercedes-Benz Type 300:

  • Bulky and tedious in tight spots
  • Parts impossible to find
  • Not cheap to restore or maintain
  • If you bought it at high market, you lost!

Production of the 1951-1962 Mercedes-Benz Type 300:

  • 300/300b: 6,214 (1951-1955)
  • 300c: 1,432 (1955-1957)
  • 300d: 3,077 (1957-1962)

Specifications of the 1951-1962 Mercedes-Benz Type 300:
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0 (limo: 124.0)
Length, inches: 195.0 (limo: 204.0)
Weight, pounds: 3,860-4,400
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1951-1962 Mercedes-Benz Type 300:

TypeSize Horsepower Years
ohc I-6 2,996 cc (183 cid) 115/125/160 1951-1962

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