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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc

Roadster
$775,000
Sale Price
$750,000 - $850,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
22 January 2021
Sold Date
160
Lot Number
#2-
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 1880155500005. Dark Red with black cloth top over black leather. 2996/175hp, fuel injection, floor shift 4-speed, Becker Le Mans radio, chrome wheels, body accent hubcaps, whitewalls, translucent sun visors, Bosch fog lights, new fitted luggage has been ordered and will be included.

Evaluation: Body number 00001, possibly the first 300Sc Roadster. Replacement engine represented to be the correct type. Nearly pristine but the top has folding wrinkles, clear rear window. Excellent paint and chrome. Impressive engine compartment with some paint loss. The upholstery is barely stretched, the interior trim and wood are even better. Clear, sharp gauges. An exceptional example.

Bottom Line: Let down by its replacement engine, this 300Sc Roadster was offered by RM Sotheby’s at Monterey in 2019 where it was reported bid to $625,000, a bottom-feeder offer at the time. The result here is more appropriate and both the buyer and the seller should be satisfied.

by Rick Carey
8 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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