1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 C

Estimate: $75,000 - $100,000 | Without Reserve
SOLD $55,000
Chassis: 186.017.6500835
*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1955.

Factory-Specified in Lovely Strawberry Red Paint Finish
Optioned with Full-Length Sliding Sunroof
Well-Maintained 1980s Restoration as Featured in The Star Magazine
Documented with Copy of Factory Build Sheet
One of 885 Examples Built in 1956, and 1,432 Examples Overall

2,996 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex Carburetors
136 BHP at 4,500 RPM
3-Speed Borg-Warner Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Swing-Axle Rear Suspension with Coil Springs

According to the factory build sheet, this beautifully restored 300 C was ordered new with Strawberry Red (DB 543) paint, a color usually reserved for the company’s sports cars. Though the exact number of 300 C sedans originally finished in Strawberry Red is unknown, by comparison only 12 examples of the venerable 300 SL were painted in DB 543, suggesting that very few sedans were likely to have been completed in this color.

This 300 C was also desirably equipped with a full-length sunroof, Becker Mexico radio with automatic antenna, headrests, and special coating. A feature printed in a 1993 issue of The Star, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s magazine, details how chassis 00835 was ordered new by a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He eventually sold the sedan in the early 1960s to fellow Pittsburgh resident Maurice Petrene, who partially restored the car.

In 1969, the 300 C was acquired by Carl Minneci, at which time the odometer reportedly displayed just 43,000 miles. Mr. Minneci completely restored the Mercedes over the following 15 years, and it remained in the Pittsburgh area until 2014, a frequent sight at local shows and owners club meetings. Accompanied by an owner’s manual, service book, jack, and an original sales brochure, this 300 C is particularly distinctive in the factory-specified Strawberry Red paint, and is one of the finest restored examples of the 300 C available today.


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