The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 58
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300a 'Adenauer' Sedan

Selling on Friday

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300a 'Adenauer' Sedan

CHASSIS NO: 1860110181252

• Early example of Mercedes’ iconic model of the 1950s
• Nicely presented in excellent color combination
• Amenities include A/C with modern-type compressor
• Becker Nürburg radio plus modern AM/FM CD head unit
• Accompanied by spare, roadside jack, and tool roll
• Fog lamps, period style whitewall tires, and great presence

2,996 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine, twin Solex carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 124.02”

The term "Adenauer," as applied to the 300-Series Mercedes-Benz sedans and cabriolet models produced from 1951 to 1962, is unofficially attributed to the legendary former chancellor of Germany, Dr. Konrad Adenauer. As Germany’s political leader during its stunning post-WW II reconstruction and transformation into Europe’s industrial powerhouse, Dr. Adenauer is known to have used six of these stately Mercedes-Benz cars during his tenure in office. Mercedes-Benz first unveiled the Adenauer sedan and cabriolet four-door models at the 1951 Paris Auto Show. Its uniquely stately appearance, excellent engineering, and many features, in comparison to previous post-war models on either side of the Atlantic, made it a huge success, gaining “instant classic” status worldwide. In keeping with Mercedes-Benz tradition, the ‘300’ designation arose from its 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder powerplant, a sophisticated unit with single overhead cam (SOHC) architecture and lightweight alloy cylinder head. These traditionally luxurious yet technologically advanced automobiles were primarily used by governments, heads of state, royalty, and the wealthy. Their engineering, luxury, quality, high price, and low production rates placed them at the very top of the already exclusive Daimler-Benz passenger vehicle hierarchy during the 1951-1962 production years.

Finished in attractive and newer two-tone livery, this first-generation 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300a ‘Adenauer’ sedan was manufactured during 1952. Shining brightwork, twin fog lamps, steel wheels with Mercedes-Benz ‘Star” hubcaps, and whitewall tires provide a great period look. In addition to leather upholstery, the driver enjoys purposeful, driver-centric instrumentation, while passengers are treated to full-width front seating, thanks to the column-mounted shifter for the car’s manual gearbox. Further amenities include air-conditioning with a modern compressor, a dash-mounted clock, and rare Becker ‘Nürburg’ radio supplemented by a newer AM/FM CD head unit mounted underneath the dash. While the engine compartment and 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine could certainly benefit from careful detailing, they are nonetheless properly equipped and retain correct ancillaries. A spare tire, roadside jack, and tool kit accompany the vehicle, as do an original Type 300 Parts List and reproduction Service Manual. A rare and unusual offering, this 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300a ‘Adenauer’ Sedan is a highly desirable, early example celebrating the excellence of its maker one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century.

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