The Mercedes 300S line of sports-luxury cars was built for the rich and famous. With a price tag of approximately $12,500, nearly ten times the price of the standard American luxury car of the era, the well-heeled individuals lucky enough to own these cars were few. In fact, between July 1952 and September 1955, only 560 cars of the three body styles, Coupe, Roadster, and Cabriolet, were manufactured. It is rumored that production was cut short because each car was so labor intensive that Mercedes Benz lost money on every 300S that rolled out of the factory. The 1955 Mercedes Benz 300S, nearing the end of production, had all of the advancements that were made throughout the 300S line and is, therefore, one of the more sought-after models.
Writing a complete 1955 Mercedes Benz 300S Buyer's Guide would be quite difficult, as each of the 560 models offered options and packages that were custom to their owners. Movie stars such as Gary Cooper, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable bought 300S models, as did many other prominent government figures including the King of Jordan and the Shah of Iran. While value ranges on these cars, buyers who are looking for a completed restoration often choose the cars that have the most history, including restoration documentation, lists of previous owners, and any other pertinent information that may raise the value of the car in the long run. Those buyers who choose to purchase poor condition 1955 300S and do the restoration work themselves are often looking for the most complete model they can find. These are just a few Buyer's Tips that may help as you begin your search for a Mercedes 300S.
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