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2011 MBCA Starfest (Best in Class)
The 300 SE of the late 1960s has been described as “The last of the great six-cylinder, two-door Mercedes.” The 300 SE represented the German automaker’s finest effort to produce the best handcrafted luxury automobile possible, using the best materials and workmanship, and was aimed directly at the world’s automotive cognoscenti. Over six years of production, only 3,127 300 SE coupes and convertibles emerged from Sindelfingen, and the most exclusive of that series was the 300 SE Cabriolet of 1967–1968, with fewer than 100 built for the US market. It was also the most expensive Mercedes-Benz luxury model of the day, with an out-the-door price of approximately $13,000. The silky-smooth four-speed automatic transmission, the best leathers, fabrics, and burled-wood veneers available all combined with a top speed of approximately 120 mph and a self-leveling air suspension to provide its owners with an immensely pleasurable driving experience. The last of the three-liter 300 SE coupes and convertibles were delivered in December 1967, and today, this final version of the six-cylinder 300 SE is widely viewed as the most desirable of the series.
Likely the finest 300 SE Cabriolet in the country, this stunning Mercedes-Benz is finished in Light Metallic Blue (353G) with a Dark Blue (245) full leather interior, and a Dark Blue (723) canvas top and boot. Robert Platz and his specialists at Precision Motorworks in East Camden, New Jersey, who have an affinity for and expertise in the 111/112 body style, restored the cabriolet over a three-year period, which commenced in 2008. The level and detail of the restoration is nothing short of incredible and warrants special attention. The myriad materials and show-quality finishes in the engine compartment are simply astonishing and announce the car as a concours example. Additionally, the paint, chrome, and leather are finished to a similar show standard. The accompanying restoration photos reveal the depth and quality of the work, and the invoices are nearly as well detailed as the car itself. The workmanship is reflected in the car’s success on the show field and a 98+ point score at a Mercedes-Benz meet confirms its winning status. This 300 SE is supplied with its factory air-conditioning, a five-piece set of fitted Hepco luggage, and a tool kit. Its spectacular presentation will surely be a source of pride for its next owner. Close inspection of this rare gem is encouraged.