MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1

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Mercedes 300 S
In October 1951, just six months after the launch of the 220 and 300 sedans, Daimler-Benz managed to surprise European car aficionados again. Introducing the Mercedes 300 S so shortly after the other two six-cylinders was a massive undertaking for a company still recovering from WWII. But the launch of the  W188 I at the Paris International Motor Show put the company right to the top of automotive manufacturers heaven again. The Kompressor masterpieces of the 1930s had found their rightful successor in the 300 S.

Marketed as one of the top luxury vehicles in the world, the Mercedes 300S had its technical genes from the Mercedes 300 sedan, but on a 140mm (6 in) shorter chassis. The engine received a boost, as the compression ratio had been increased from 6.4:1 to 7.8:1. Three carburetors helped to achieve a power output of 150 DIN hp, which gave the Mercedes 300 S a top speed of 176km/h (109m/h). Compared to the pre-1940 5.4-liter supercharged straight-eight cylinder cars, they achieved the same acceleration and top speed using only half the fuel. Compared to a 540 K Spezialroadster with a wheelbase of 3,290 mm or 130 in, the new Mercedes 300 Sí wheelbase had shrunk to just 2,900 mm or 114 in. They had also lost a ton of weight from their pre-war siblings. What they had not lost though was an image of pre-war beauty>>>

<<<But this ultra luxurious Mercedes 300 coupe or cabriolet never really left collector status. Unless they were badly neglected, they never reached a level, which one could describe as affordable. Today, sixty years after their introduction, history allows itself to be kinder than buyers at the end of the 1950s. Today the Mercedes 300 S and Sc models are regarded as some of the most beautiful cars, Daimler-Benz ever created

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you can read about driving a 300 S Roadster today.

If you want to read in much more detail about the Mercedes 300 S and Sc, its coachbuilder versions and how it feels driving a 300 S Roadster today, then please go here for the printed book or here for the e-book. The printed book covers cars such as the 170, 220, 300 sedan and 300 S, while the e-book looks at the Mercedes 300 coupe, cabriolet and roadster versions. Both books have plenty of new color pictures, most of them never published in a book before. I am sure you will enjoy.
Mercedes 300 S roadster
Mercedes 300 S, interior
Mercedes 300 S, cabriolet
The following videos are copied from youtube for your viewing pleasure. Some of them contain cars filmed by commercial vendors. I am not associated with them
Mercedes 300 S Intro Video Mercedes 300 Sc Auction Video Mercedes 300 S Sound Video


Mercedes 300 S, Sc W188 (1951 - 1958)

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