This installment of Sports Car Digest’s look back at classified advertisements features a pair of Mercedes-Benz 300 SC models offered for sale in 1964 issues of Road & Track , a convertible for $6,000 and a coupe for $4,995.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 series was the company’s largest and most prestigious models throughout the 1950s. Equivalent to today’s S-Class, the Type 300 cars were elegant, powerful, exclusive and very pricey. The final iteration of the 300 series was the 300SC, which featured the more powerful 300SL engine, plus a new swing axle rear suspension.
The Cars That Matter September – December 2008 price guide suggests a $316,000 – $453,000 price for a Mercedes-Benz 300 SC convertible and $197,000 – $317,000 for the 300 SC Coupe. If you bought the coupe or convertible in 1964, your investment would have returned approximately 10% over 44 years. While not as spectacular as some of the other profiled cars, it is still a great return on your money.
We also had to include the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing classifieds, as both cars apparently have the very desired alloy “aluminum” or “lightweight” body. The $5,000 asking price on the first ad would have been very tempting, although we also like owners that are selling because they are leaving the country, especially those that say “no reasonable offered refused.” Ouch.
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[Source: Road & Track]