1968 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 (W109) 48,000 Miles RHD

  • Stock Number: 0000
  • Make / Model: Mercedes-Benz / 300SEL 6.3 (W109) 48,000 Miles RHD
  • Mileage: 48461
  • Year: 1968
  • Price: £97,500

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About This Car

1968 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 (W109) 

48,461 miles

Blue Coachwork with Blue Leather Interior

Long before the AMG badge appeared on production cars, 4 years before BMW founded the M Division and more than 10 years before Audi Sport came into existence, Mercedes-Benz produced the fastest ever 4 door production saloon car. The rest, as we say, is history.

Erich Waxenberger was an engineer at Mercedes-Benz. The story goes that Waxenberger was told by a particular motoring journalist that he was making ‘granny’ cars… He responded by squeezing a mighty 6.3 litre V8 into a car normally powered by an engine half that size.

Chief Mercedes-Benz engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut (the very same man who ran the 1955 300SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe as his company car) was invited to test the prototype, and legend has it that at the first set of traffic lights he jumped out and opened the bonnet to find out how the mighty engine and running gear had been squeezed inside the engine bay.

We have a lot to thank that journalist for.

The 300 SEL 6.3 was a masterstroke; a car capable of carrying 5 occupants in great comfort at more than 120mph, an incredible feat for the 1960s. It was praised by the press at the time as ‘the greatest saloon car in the world’, praise indeed when luxury saloon car competition came from Rolls Royce and Cadillac.

To further prove the concept, Waxenberger took the 300 SEL 6.3 to Macau, entering in the 6 hour endurance race to prove it could cope with hour after hour of demanding driving. In the testing that followed, Waxenburger met up with a Mr Hans Werner-Aufrecht, one of the founding fathers of the company we would affectionally know as AMG.

These two pioneers then began experimenting with increased air flow and bore, resulting in the famous Red Pig – a 6.8 litre race prepared version of the 300 SEL, a car that would take second place in the 1971 24 hours of Spa race.

The 300 SEL 6.3 proved to the world not only that an unassuming car could pack a significant punch, but that such a car would be hugely popular and commercially viable, carving a path for many great cars of the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

If it wasn’t for Waxenberger’s creative (and genius) response to the journalist’s comments, we may never have gotten iconic super saloons such as the Mercedes E55 AMG, BMW M5, Audi RS6 and even the Lotus Carlton… and all of the other fast four doors that we know and love!

In short, the 300SEL 6.3 is the founding father of the sports saloon movement, making it a hugely important car to enthusiasts, collectors and investors alike.

Whether you use it for a run to Goodwood, stretch the legs on a continental trip or just admire it in your collection, this car will not disappoint.

This particular 300SEL 6.3 is the highly prized property of SL Shop director Sam Bailey. Sam acquired the car from the President of the Mercedes-Benz club, who had cherished this vehicle for more than 10 years.

Accompanying this car is an impressive document file detailing many years of careful stewardship.

In the last 12 months and under Sam’s ownership this car has had over £10,000 lavished on it, addressing all of the areas that could be classed as ‘lurking investments’, or areas that would be cause for future concern. The engine, suspension, bushes and mechanicals have been dealt with by a renowned 6.3 specialist, who was given carte blanche to make this car drive as well as a 300SEL 6.3 can.

A 300SEL 6.3 is rare in it’s own right, however this car is a Right Hand Drive model – we know of only 4 of these in existence. This car is also a ‘non sunroof’ model, which makes it all the more intriguing. As many 300SEL 6.3s were specified with all the options ticked, finding one without a sunroof points to a first owner who very carefully considered the options list before placing the order (if you know any different, please do get in touch so we can update our records).

Although Sam adores this car, he simply does not have the time to use and enjoy it as much as he would like, and has made the difficult decision to part ways with this iconic saloon.

Specification

1968 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 (W109) 

Air suspension and automatic level control, power steering, four-speed automatic gearbox, locking differential.

Air conditioning, four electric windows, central locking, tinted glass, driver & passenger arm rests, Becker Monza radio cassette,

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Although the R107 is renowned for build quality, there is one chink in the armour - the bulkhead. Many cars that present well from the outside are hiding internal rust. Water from outside the car should drain out through specially designed channels, but over time, these become blocked forcing water inside the car. Once water has breached the blower motor cover in front of the windscreen, it slowly wreaks havoc from inside out. This delicate area did not have rust protection from the factory, and as the metal deteriorates it the water ingress can lead to faulty electrics, damp carpets and musty smells inside the cabin.

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That’s why we offer a 2 year ‘no quibble’ mechanical warranty with each car sold, as well as a 3 year bulkhead warranty.

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