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The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 was the pinnacle of German engineering when introduced in 1968. The SEL – signifying S class, einspritzung (fuel injection), long wheelbase – combined opulent luxury with pneumatic suspension, powered by one of the most formidable engines Stuttgart had ever produced, capable of 140 mph. Sporting the imposing two-tier bumper and double-stacked front lenses, the 300 SEL was lauded by Car and Driver as the most desirable and stimulating four-door sedan produced in over 40 years.
On January 8, 1970, this 300 SEL was delivered in a unique livery of Tunis Beige Metallic over tan leather to its first owner, a casino mogul in Las Vegas. It is believed the car remained in the dry Nevada desert for more than 30 years, driven sparingly to local golf courses. The sedan was eventually acquired by a collector on the East Coast, who had it regularly inspected and serviced; it registered only 22,000 miles by 2003. After a spell in Germany, it entered its current ownership in 2014, and although it has received new paint and minor selective interior work, this superb 6.3 remains unrestored and exceptionally well preserved.
Presented with a copy of its factory build sheet, manuals, a DVD of photographs, and original keys, this 1970 Mercedes-Benz is a superb ambassador for the fastest and most desirable four-door car of its era.