Yesterday, Carter featured one of Mercedes-Benz’s pre-war greats, the 540K Cabriolet A. Offered in coupe, sedan and cabriolet forms, this was the ultimate status symbol of 1930s Germany. It was fairly amazing, given the devastation of World War II, that German industry was able to get back on its feet so quickly and produce a vehicle like we see here, the 300Sc. While a lot of the technology that was put into this car drew on pre war technology, this was truly a successor to the magnificent and ornate 540Ks of two decades earlier. A bit baroque in appearance for the 1950s, this model would lend its fuel-injected engine into that Mercedes-Benz icon, the 300SL Gullwing. This example for sale in California is one of less than 100 produced, restored to concours condition.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc on eBay
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 74,900 mi
Price: $749,500 Buy It Now
1956 Mercedes 300SC Coupe
One of Just 98 300 Sc Coupes Built
Thoroughly Restored to Concours Condition
Single Ownership for 30 Years
Presented with Dual Spares and Karl Baisch Fitted Luggage
A Number’s matching example
2,996 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
175 BHP at 5,400 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Tubular Shock Absorbers
The Mercedes-Benz SC models weighed nearly 4,000 lbs but were capable of 112 mph, putting them on par with some of the most expensive, limited-production gran turismos on the market, all while enveloping their occupants in serene luxury.
This 300 Sc Coupe was built early in the model’s 98-car production run. It was delivered new to an American buyer in two shades of green. Little is known of its earliest years, the Sc was discovered in the mid-1980s in Minnesota, owned by a sugar beet farmer. It was purchased by Chuck Brahms. Soon thereafter, still in need of a restoration, it was purchased by a Southern California Mercedes-Benz enthusiast Garry Gallup. The car was stored by the collector’s friend Robin Onsoien, with the understanding that Mr. Onsoien would one day perform a concours-level restoration on the car for its owner. After twenty-years in dry storage Onsolen did a full restoration in 2007.
The car was trimmed in Belgian-sourced hides and installed tan headliner and carpets. The engine was rebuilt, and scores of factory-correct parts were sourced from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine. The exterior of the car was refinished in metallic burgundy.
The car has been driven just 350 miles since its restoration was completed. The car is equipped with SL-type alloy-rimmed wheels, dual spares and two pieces of Karl Baisch fitted luggage in the trunk.
For additional information please call 949-335-7474 ext 1.
While the 540K Cabriolet A we saw yesterday could be considered in the stratosphere in terms of values, this 300Sc is a little bit less so, but still rather pricey. These 300Sc models approach 300SL Gullwing prices mainly due to their rarity, as they are the last link to pre-war models before the 600 took over as the über Mercedes. Hagerty is listing an average of just under $600,000, with exception examples pushing $800,000. So this car is in the ballpark, for sure. I’d certainly wager, given their rarity and the craftsmanship they embody that prices will probably not dip on these cars anytime soon.