Lot 62

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300c

Coachwork by Sindelfingen

SOLD $85,250


$75,000 - $100,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Ordered New Finished in DB543 Strawberry Red
Features Full-Length Folding Sunroof
Limited Chain of Ownership
Comprehensively Restored in Original Colors
Complete with Copies of Mercedes-Benz Build Documents

Technical Specs

2,996 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex Carburetors
136 BHP at 4,500 RPM
3-Speed BorgWarner Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Wishbones, Coil-Springs, and Telescopic Shock Absorbers
Independent Rear Suspension with Swing Axles and Coil Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled 1955.

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The 300 series was introduced at the 1951 Frankfurt Automobile Show, available in coupe, cabriolet, a slim-pillar four-door sedan, four-door convertible, and a longer-wheelbase limousine. While it was aimed squarely at the export market, many of the sedans were purchased by government agencies and foreign diplomats, and it soon picked up the nickname “Adenauer,” since it became a favorite of West Germany’s first postwar chancellor. It is believed that just 1,432 examples of the 300c were built.

This elegant 300c sedan with its full-length fabric sunroof was specially ordered by a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who wanted to give the car some character, hence the Strawberry Red paint, usually specified for sports cars. He sold the car in the early 1960s to Maurice Petrene, another Pittsburgh resident who began, but never completed, a restoration. Carl Minneci acquired the car around 1969, its odometer showing just 43,000 miles. Over the next 15 years, he completely restored the car, which was featured in the Mercedes-Benz Club of America magazine The Star in 1993. Based in Pittsburgh from new through 2014, the restored 300c has been used on a very limited basis, such as being driven to MBCA meets and local concours d’elegance. Perfect for show or touring, this uniquely appointed flagship Mercedes-Benz 300c is a sight to behold and is sure to create a stir wherever it appears.