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In March 1968, Mercedes-Benz introduced an upgraded version of the 300 SEL sedan utilizing the 600 Grosser Limousine’s mighty 6.3-liter M100 V-8 engine. Also integrating the 600’s sophisticated air suspension and comfort amenities as standard equipment, the resulting 300 SEL 6.3 raised standards for performance and luxury in a flagship sedan.
This exceptionally restored example of the model Road & Track once called “the greatest sedan in the world” benefits from the care of one dedicated custodian for nearly 20 years. In 1998, Richard Coll of Croydon, Pennsylvania, purchased this US-specification 6.3 from its second owner. As reflected by an impressive file of invoices, Mr. Coll restored the Mercedes-Benz over 16 years, entrusting Robert Platz’s esteemed Precision Coachworks of New Jersey to oversee much of the process. German Auto Specialists of Pennsylvania also contributed to the restoration, with attention to the chassis and mechanical systems. During the process, the bodywork was refinished in Midnight Blue, while the interior was trimmed with parchment-colored leather and reconditioned burl wood. Once this work was completed, Mr. Coll drove the Mercedes-Benz on the M100 Owners’ Club Tour from Eastern Pennsylvania to St. Louis, Missouri, and presented the car at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance and the Deutsche Classic. This beautifully restored 6.3 embodies the finest characteristics of this landmark Mercedes-Benz model and remains ideal for both touring events and marque gatherings.