1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

We take the sport sedan for granted these days, as there are plenty of four-doors on the market that give purpose built sports cars a run for their money. One of the first sedans to offer a bit of fire in an otherwise staid package was the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3. Unlike the present day, the S class was an uncommon luxury car choice for buyers in the US in the 1960s, one for real connoisseurs who appreciated the craftsmanship and advanced engineering that went into these cars. The 300SEL 6.3 came about when Mercedes engineer Erich Waxenberger decided to have a bit of fun and stuff the 6.3 liter V8 from the 600 limousine under the hood of the 300SEL. This was a tried and true formula employed by the Big Three automakers: stuff a big engine!

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Amazingly capable by today’s standards, the 6.3 was out of this world when it was introduced in 1968. Road & Track famously took a 6.3 to the drag strip and found the car immensely capable. In fact, the subtitle of the car read “Merely The Greatest Sedan in the World.” While most owners would refrain from such brash behavior at the drag strip, just the fact that this car could show up and give others a run for their money was impressive. This 6.3 for sale in California looks sublime in Dark Olive, giving it an understated air that would throw anyone off who witnessed the wrath of its sheer power.

Year: 1969
Model: 300SEL 6.3
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 143,000 mi
Price: $27,900

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Dark Olive(291)/Bamboo Leather(249)
Factory sunroof. Correct AC.
The 999th 6.3 constructed.
Handbooks including service booklet filled with service stamps.
Delivered new 1-28-69 from European Motors in San Francisco.
Single owner CA car.
Original black/yellow CA license plates.
Aftermarket radio. Correct power antenna.
Factory data card.
Later series cruise control (inop)

Just re-commissioned by MercedesHeritage.com. Serviced, inspected, fuel injection pump reconditioned by Pacific Fuel Injection, valve adjustment. Radiator out and cleaned and fluids and filters taken care of. Steam cleaned,throttle linkage bushings done.
Rear brake calipers/discs and master cylinder and front/rear shocks replaced 3,500 miles ago.
Hood/fender/door/trunk hinge bolts never disturbed!
Bumpers never re-chromed and retain their original 158 white-grey undersides.
Original date coded trunk seal.
Original hood spring rubber buffers.
Superb shutlines and panel fit. Careful cosmetic preparation resulted in excellent paint depth and gloss.
Above average brightwork. Bumpers dimpled where we removed overrides.
98% original Bamboo interior. Perfect original door panels and dash pad.
Excellent wood. Perfect headliner.
Excellent shift quality. Suspension behaves correctly with negligible bleed-down.

Mercedes Data:

Engine: 100981-12-001032
Transmission: 000938
291- Paint, Dark Olive
249- Interior Trim, Bamboo Leather
401- Single seats
410- electric sliding roof
461- Instrument, in English
491- U.S. Version
503- Outside rearview mirror, on the left
519- Becker radio
524- Paintcoat preservation
531- Automatic antenna
598- Heat-insulating glass
641- White-wall tires
669- Mode of packing VE IV
306- Air conditioner
Front right and left axle- 488
Rear axle- 1027
Steering box- 553

A turn-key single owner CA 6.3 in one of the best color/trim combinations and fitted with a factory sunroof.

Call Roy Spencer @ 650-343-7980 for more details.

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The 6.3 has been steadily increasing in value over the years, as the buzz from the 500E/E500 and subsequent AMG models has had people looking for the nub when it comes to the final word in Mercedes-Benz performance. A restored 6.3 like this will run you somewhere in the $25,000 to $35,000 range, with exceptional, concours examples stretching close to $40,000. So this car is priced just about right. When you consider how few of these were built and how revered they are, it seems like a bit of a bargain, considering the value of other rare, vintage Mercedes-Benzes.

-Paul

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

I’m a big fan of obscure cars. Whether they are rare, are of a unique body style or incorporate interesting technology, I’m all over them. While the following car didn’t break the mold technology wise, it is super rare and mixes the qualities of a van and a crossover. And while we’ve featured a few E55 and E63 AMG estates on GCFSB, we haven’t talked much about the vehicle in question, its big brother, the E63 AMG. While it is still sold here in the US, the R class never quite caught on with buyers here, but that didn’t stop Mercedes from sending this people hauler over to the boffins at AMG to work their magic. What resulted is this, a 503 horsepower monster that can reach 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. Criticized for being too heavy and cumbersome to wear the AMG nameplate, the R63 was sold for but one year with sales in the double digits.

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG on eBay

2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R63 AMG. Rare R63 AMG 4MATIC. 1 OF 30 produced for the US market 503 HP 6.3 liter AMG V8. $93,355 original MSRP. 4MATIC all wheel drive, COMAND system with navigation, back-up camera, rear DVD entertainment system, front and rear heated seats. Third row, rear A/C, multi-function wood/leather steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, Parktronic, lighting package (xenon headlamps), power liftgate, 20 inch AMG wheels, Harman Kardon Logic7 Audio, satellite radio, 6 disc changer.

Complete documented service history from Mercedes-Benz. Flex service completed on January 10, 2012. We obtained this one owner, 100% clean Carfax black over black Nappa leather 2007 R63 via a new car trade. We have supplied many detailed photos to give you an accurate sense of the NICE condition of this SUPER RARE AMG VEHICLE! As pictured there are a few light scratches and small chips around the vehicle, but nothing terrible for a vehicle of it’s age and miles. Please note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. Inside we found a clean and spacious cabin FILLED with LUXURY FEATURES. The transmission shifts smoothly and the 6.3L 8 cylinder engine offers POWER when called upon. The tires offer DEEP tread measuring 7/32nds.

This car is a love it or hate it situation. While I probably would never need this much space, I love cars like this that you would never expect to be fast. The car looks fairly clean, but its mileage equates to almost 20,000 miles put on each year, which is fairly high for an AMG car. While the asking price is certainly a fraction of what it cost new, you’d have to really need something this large and this fast to justify spending that kind of money for a car this used. Still, it would be a fun rig to catch people off guard at the errant traffic light…

-Paul

Early production 1968 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

The 6.3 is one of those vehicles that changed the makeup of an entire automaker’s lineup for good. Developed by MB engineer Erich Waxenberger and thrust into production in 1968, the S class with the M100 became an instant legend on the road and track. AMG, a small tuning company at the time, even campaigned a few 6.3s, taking second place at 24 Hours of Spa in 1971. Here we have an early production 6.3 that has been well preserved:

The seller states:

A rare opportunity to buy this stunning 1968 Mercedes Benz 300SEL 6.3 sedan. First time ever on ebay. If you are reading this ad then you probably know the signifigance and rarity of these great cars.

Owned in my personal collection for many years. With great regret I am offering my favorite sedan. This is the original super sedan that started the concept of high performance AMG sports sedans. This car is an early US model build #64 from the assembly line. It is a rare Black on Black color combination. Paint code 040.

This car was previously owned by 2 owners and kept in its original condition and stored indoors. There is no rust or prior accident damage. The trunk, rockers and floor pans are excellent. See pics below. Fit and finish of body is excellent. Paint and Chrome are excellent. Car is complete and everything works. The air suspension is excellent and has been sorted out. It has new bellows and air valves. Just replaced the tires and they have about 200 miles or less. All radiator hoses, transmission seals, and various gaskets replaced. New antenna. New suspension cable. New ignition, plugs and cold start valve. New fuel pump. New fuel sending unit. Drain and cleaned fuel tank. New brakes and front calipers. New battery and frequent oil changes.

Leather and carpets are original and in excellent shape. Wood is excellent. All electrical is working properly and factory AC blows cold. Includes original owners manuals and original tool kit. I will also include a reproduction Mercedes brochure for the 300SEL 6.3.

Bidding is low at the moment and of course there is a reserve, but this particular example should have no problem pulling at least $25,000, if not into the $30k range.

-Paul