1965 MERCEDES 300SE Cabriolet
Very rare RHD
RHD Production Est.:50
Manual transmission with original A/C.
Offered for sale is our absolutely stunning, entirely solid and beautifully finished 1965 Mercedes 300SE Cabriolet.
A big technological move for Mercedes-Benz was their first production model that was designed with crumple zones to protect passengers in the event of an accident. The chassis that received this new design was the W111 chassis, which was introduced in 1959. When the W112 chassis was added to the lineup it was the pinnacle of Mercedes-Benz luxury and technology. It was powered by a 300SL derived and very special 3.0-liter M189 six-cylinder engine. The 300SE also featured two-position air suspension. A column-shift automatic transmission was standard on these models.
This Mercedes was built during the era when only 13 cars rolled off the production line a week because they were built by hand. Immediately after rolling off the assembly line they were deemed a classic and have maintained the same status today. It is believed that out of the 3,127 convertibles and coupes, built on this platform, only 708 were built as convertibles. An estimated 50 cars were built in right-hand-drive configuration; and fewer yet also had all the aforementioned qualities and a four-speed manual transmission and factory air conditioning. Making this car extremely rare.
The correctly restored Mercedes 300SE on offer is incredibly well-documented with many documents of its past ownership history. The Mercedes 300SE was in diplomatic hands for the first 11 years of its life, and was used for very rare state occasions in Sierra Leone, Africa. One of the noted past owners is the late Alan Clark, who served as a Conservative Member of the British Parliament. After Alan’s years of ownership it was imported and sold to a wealthy business man in the United States.
There are many things that make this car extremely collectible and desirable. It starts with the power and grace that is definite and noticeable when in the presence of the car. The ascetics from the wide and prominent grille, to the elegantly leather trimmed interior and hardwood veneer adorning the dash. The desirability continues to the well-documented past and the extreme rarity that is exemplified by the color combination, right-hand-drive configuration, four-speed manual transmission and air conditioning.
A collector would be hard pressed to find another 300SE that is better restored, documented and rare. This is quite possibly the best example that is available.
Incredibly well documented. Previous ownership from Alan Clark (member of parliament) of the Saltwood Castle, England. In diplomatic hands for 15 years and rarely driven.
Showing only 26,300 miles!
The 300SE convertible is a definite collectible because of it’s power and grace, and also because of the grille, which is lower and wider. They are elegantly trimmed out with leather and hard-wood veneer in the dash.