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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new flagship two-door, four-seater W112 models at the 1962 Geneva Auto Show. Closely related to the W111 SEb variants and sharing similar Paul Bracq design traits, the elegant W112 coupe and cabriolet were differentiated by exclusive interior and exterior appointments and featured a higher standard specification, including a muscular three-liter fuel-injected inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission, and pneumatic air-suspension system. The most expensive Mercedes-Benz models of their time, these 300 SE Cabriolets had a list price that was twice that of Jaguar’s E-Type.
This 1967 300 SE is one of just 708 W112 cabriolets produced from 1962–1967. Finished in the very attractive combination of Weissgrau (DB 158) – or White Gray – over a contrasting dark green leather interior and top, this example was cosmetically restored in 2017 and received a bare-metal respray in its correct original color. The extensive W112-specific brightwork was re-chromed and the interior and convertible top trimmed in period-correct materials, while the dashboard woodwork was refinished. The consignor states that the 300 SE sits properly on its original air suspension and that the engine compartment and undercarriage appear detailed and tidy, illustrating recent service and care. Equipped with factory-fitted Kuhlmeister air-conditioning and accompanied by manuals, tools, and parts book, this luxurious and desirable late-production 300 SE Cabriolet is a brilliant example of Stuttgart’s flagship model of the 1960s.