Considered by many as the first 'Q-Car,' the Mercedes-Benz 300
SEL 6.3 began as a private venture by Mercedes-Benz employee Erich
Waxenberger in 1966. The idea of placing a large powerful sports
car engine in a saloon is still very popular today as can be seen
with the current Mercedes-Benz range and indeed the 6.3 capacity V8
engine is still in use today, albeit many generations on from the W
109 SEL. Waxenberger's theory was simple, take the powerful 6.3
litre V8 Mercedes-Benz M100 engine from the luxurious Mercedes-Benz
600 limousine and fit it into the regular Mercedes-Benz W 109
S-Class model which, at the time, only had six-cylinder engines.
The result was a nearly two-tonne saloon with performance similar
to most prestigious sports cars of the era. It is said that Rudolf
Uhlenhaut, the top Mercedes-Benz designer and engineer, when
invited to test drive the prototype, opened the bonnet at the first
red light to find out how the big engine and its supporting
equipment had been squeezed in there. What set this car apart from
its contemporaries in the late 1960s though, was that it could
cruise at over 124mph with five occupants in complete comfort
within the body styled by Paul Bracq.
This lefthand drive example was first registered in the UK in
August 2002. Imported from Italy, the car is presented in metallic
gold with a beige velour interior and was understood to be owned by
Italian race car driver and collector, Mario Ricci. The car comes
with the Italian ASI registration, no. 8860, which can be seen on
the plaque fitted to the front bumper. Recently, EHJ 329H has had a
full service carried out by Mercedes-Benz and a mechanical overhaul
from Schmitt Motors which included suspension, brake replacements
and a repair to the air conditioning; over £5,000 was spent.
Presented in remarkably original condition, this SEL has been on
display at Mercedes-Benz World and is a fabulous example of German
engineering. It is supplied with a UK V5 registration
document and an MoT test certificate valid until April 2017.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170