1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer Cabriolet
RM | SOTHEBY'S - LONDON 2013 - Mercedes Collection
The 300 series marked a very important line of vehicles for Mercedes-Benz, as they were the first Mercedes-Benzes produced by the company after the end of World War II. The four-door versions of the car adapted the name “Adenauer” because six custom examples of the 300 saw use by the chancellor of Germany at the time, Konrad Adenauer. Often used by politicians, captains of industry, and other wealthy individuals, the 300 Adenauer symbolised success of its owners.
According to the original registration document supplied with the car, chassis 4500511 was registered new on 24 July 1954 to its first owner, a manufacturing concern called the Dornbusch Company. The Adenauer was then sold to its second owner, Ulrich Brehme, of Muelheim a.d. Ruhr, in 1958. The following year, it was sold through dealer Meyer Frauck, of Düsseldorf. In addition to this informative document, the car is also accompanied by a new copy of the 300 instruction manual.
Finished in a timeless colour combination of black over red leather, this 1954 300 Adenauer Cabriolet looks simply stunning. Presented in fully restored condition, the leather looks almost unused and the paint is black as night. Some of the interior woodwork has been replaced, but it is obviously of a very high quality. The engine bay is nicely detailed, and the condition of all its mechanical components is just as good as the cosmetics. Whilst this car is part of a large collection and has not seen much use since its restoration, it is clear that the car has been very well looked after and preserved.
Considering its remarkable condition and rarity, with only 591 of the four-door cabriolets produced, this car will definitely attract attention wherever it goes in the future. The 300 Adenauer Cabriolet was one of the status symbols of its time, and it still remains a symbol of power and wealth today. This car is certainly worthy of being a part of another collection of fine Mercedes, or it will fit in equally well as part of an assemblage of benchmark conveyances.