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1967 Mercedes 300SEL 3.5 Test Car Prototype?

UPDATE 2: The car has been relisted with a lower AU $10,000 price, apx. $10,300 U.S..

Relisted auction listing on eBay here.


Here is one of the more odd advertisements we’ve come across of late.

The ad is for a 1967 Mercedes 300SEL that appears to have the 3.5 liter V8 underhood. While we have spoken of the goodness of the 3.5 liter Mercedes V8 in the past, that engine was not available in 1967.

Year: 1967
Model: 300SEL 3.5
Engine: 3.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: N/A
Price: $15,600

1967 Mercedes 300SEL 3.5 Test Car
1967 Mercedes 300SEL 3.5 test car

What is utterly unexplainable is why a seller, with what appears to be a pretty unique car, advertises it as a factory test car, as opposed to an early model with a privateer engine swap, but then provides zero documentation and one of the lamest ad descriptions we’ve seen in awhile. The ad is all of one sentence long about the car.

The only thing I can think of is that the seller has a buyer lined up already that has done the research, but wants/needs to sell through eBay for some added protection either as a seller as a buyer. Obviously all car ads don’t have to cater to those who are curious, but boy if you advertise a test car don’t just tantalize us like this.

The car is in Australia and as such is a right hand drive model. It sure looks pretty. If any of our readers out there have more info or documentation on the car or explanation of the remarkably thin advertisement description please post it in the comments.

The mileage isn’t given ask price is $15,600.

Update: It looks like the guys over at the M-100 Group, which has a strong Australian contingent, are on the case to get some docs.



  1. Ahsan
    Ahsan February 5, 2013

    I love the lights on these cars. B E A U T I F U L!

  2. Evan
    Evan February 5, 2013

    Indeed the Euro lights sure look nice.

  3. Jason
    Jason February 10, 2013

    Hi Evan,
    Like my pictures about my car on your Blog ! The add stats as well if you require more Info please don’t hesitate to contact me!! If u need proof of the fact that this is an authentic test vehicle used for tests by Dimler Benz Stuttgard Untertürkenheim, please let me know, or check out M-100 group.The add was written for serious customers who know how unique this care is!

    ps: Danke für dein Interesse und den Kommentar!

  4. Evan
    Evan February 11, 2013

    No takers at the original ask, but the car has been relisted, see link at the top, with a lower ask price.

    @Jason, thanks for the comment, pretty car.

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