Our Cars: 1953 300 ‘Adenauer’


1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 ‘Adenauer’ sedan

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ID# 186.01101365/53 – Schwarz (black) with highly original but distressed beige cloth.

A recent California ‘Garage Find’ – Sitting since 1978 – CA car from the latter ’50s forward.

An essentially unaltered original early 300.

Matching number original engine.
Factory ‘Golde’ sliding steel sunroof.
Was originally equipped with fitted luggage.
Virtually unused period bias ply spare tire
Original jack/lug wrench and centering bar.
This 300 has never been apart and retains the integrity of its original construction.

Misc. service stickers from 1963.
Misc ephemera from ’60s and early ’70s

All seats fitted with covers. Removing the rear seat cushion revealed acceptable original cloth. Inspecting the original front seat trim underneath the covers revealed highly distressed cloth.

Original carpets – misc trim replacement on a few door panels.
Original headliner – Original package panel trim
Fully original dash wood, switch gear and radio.

In the realm of Adenauers, this car is essentially rust free – Only weak areas appear to be two short sections of the left longitudinal – Trunk floor, floor panels, wheel arches etc. are solid – all jack points are solid as well.

All chrome is uniformly pitted – All painted surfaces are distressed – I estimate about 30% original paint remains based on infrared depth readings.

Excellent panel fit and door gaps with the exception of lr door to left fender edge due to a crude fender repair.
Excellent door closure – All door handles function.
Missing hood ornament – Original Bosch headlight trim.

Solid sills. All 4 original side widow vent windows intact. Harvard alumni badge adjacent to the rear black/yellow CA license plate.

An ideal restoration candidate or worthwhile to re-commission for road use and preserve the wonderful patina. Or ???

Roy Spencer 650-343-7980 – Global shipping gladly arranged.

Global references available – Pre-purchase inspections available locally.
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