Before the release of the widely popular and eye-catching Mercedes Ponton models of the 1960s, the German automaker had developed the Type 300, also known as the Adenauer. While these Ponton models would look quite similar, the 1951 Mercedes Benz 300 Cabriolet had a separate body and frame while the Pontons would be unitized. First introduced at the 1951 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Type 300 offered extreme luxury in combination with stability and superior riding comfort. These beautiful and stately automobiles were instant symbols of prestige and class, and were used by many heads of state, royalty and even the Pope. Thanks to its desirability, the Mercedes Benz 300 would see a production run of more than a decade, during which time there were several specification changes: the 300B, 300C, 300D, 300S and 300SC. If you’re thinking about buying a 1951 Mercedes Benz 300 Cabriolet, you’ve come to the right place.
Officially called the Cabriolet D, the Mercedes Benz 300 Cabriolet saw only 591 models roll off the production line from 1951 to September 1955; making the 1951 Mercedes Benz 300 Cabriolet exceptionally rare and sought-after. If you find a model of interest, it is important to remember that these cars are very costly to restore. The large amounts of leather, wood and chrome only add to the restoration costs. On the other hand, mechanical parts are readily available. Look for a car in overall good condition to avoid a money-pit. Rust also tends to be an issue and can be generally found around the headlights, under the doorsills and trunk floors. Lastly, walk around the Type 300 and run your fingers along edges and seals. You’re looking for gaps or rough edges that indicate there has been an accident in the past or a poor restoration job. As with all classic cars, be sure to ask the seller for any documentation on ownership history, maintenance and restoration. This will help you to establish a value as well as to sell the car down the road should you choose to do so.
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