Lot 103

2016   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2016

1965 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Coupe

SOLD $79,750


$80,000 - $100,000| Without Reserve


Car Highlights

Top-of-the-Line Mercedes-Benz Luxury Model
One of Only 710 300 SEs Built in 1965
Splendid Factory-Correct Color Combination
Equipped with Behr Air-Conditioning and Manual Gearbox
Shown Regularly, Driven Rarely, and Carefully Maintained

Technical Specs

2,996 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
250 HP at 5,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Self-Leveling Dual-Wishbone Independent Front Suspension
Self-Leveling Independent Rear Suspension
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This stately 300 SE Coupe, bearing its original color combination and presenting in impressive condition, is a rare example of the most exclusive coupe offered by Mercedes-Benz in the 1960s. With the impressive power of a fuel-injected straight six plus the majestic stance of luxury accented by chrome trim and steel wheels, the car retailed at almost double the price of a standard 220 SE and was displayed separately from other cars to underline its exclusivity. The 300 SE was produced from 1961 until 1967 with just 3,127 examples built, including coupes and convertibles.

This exceptional vehicle displays the factory-correct Silver Grey metallic paint as verified by the accompanying build sheet – with superb burgundy leather and carpeting. It is believed that this 300 SE, one of just 710 examples produced in 1965, was originally delivered to France and then spent much time in Texas. In 1996, the car was sold to a collector who then commissioned Ralph Miller of Olde York Classics of York, Pennsylvania, to perform a restoration. With only 68,000 miles on the odometer, the engine bay, undercarriage, and trunk were preserved, rather than restored. The driveline, suspension, and braking systems were overhauled, and it has been shown and dutifully maintained. Desirable and rare features include the correct Behr air-conditioning unit and four-speed manual gearbox. The 300 SE is an exclusive and prestigious thoroughbred of the Mercedes-Benz bloodline, and this car is an excellent example, highly prized and recognized as such by enthusiasts and collectors alike.