1964 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet Manual (W112)

**Notice to bidders: the Spanish ITV (MOT, CT, TUV, APK) authorities asked the owner to stamp (retroquelar) a new chassis number in 1993. This was not due to any damage but rather to conform to a decree, there are documents from the ITV supporting this in the gallery. The result of the 1993 ITV test shows that it was 'negative because of a reform'.**

**A video of 2 mins showing the car's suspension rising has been added**


  • One of only 708 W112 cabriolets 
  • Rare manual example
  • Stunningly well preserved
  • Two owners, current for 40 years
  • Chassis #112023-10-006248

The Appeal

When Paul Bracq took the design language from the W111 and used it to design the W112 Coupé and Cabriolet, he penned one of the most elegant and stylish four-seaters ever seen. If Sophia Loren was being whisked along the Amalfi coast back in the late 60s, you’d imagine it would be in one of these.

This particular example has been in the same family for 40 years and has only had two owners from new. Presented in what appears to be a very original condition, with the rare optional manual transmission, low mileage and a beautiful specification, this urbane and sophisticated cabriolet is ready to carry its new owners away with effortless grace.

The History and Paperwork

  • Built on 3rd July 1964
  • First registered on 9th July 1964 in Spain
  • One of only 708 W112 cabriolets to be built
  • Rare factory option manual transmission
  • Just two owners from new
  • Acquired by the current owner over 40 years ago
  • Cherished and carefully maintained throughout its life
  • Indicated mileage is 75,382Km (46,840 miles), we are told this is the genuine mileage as the car spent years unused
  • Part independent service history, lots of parts bought in 1996 for a major recommissioning.
  • Only being sold as the vendor can no longer drive the car
  • Complete with the original handbook and a parts catalogue
  • Spanish registration documents included

The Interior

  • Original tan leather upholstery
  • Complementary tan carpets and vinyl trim
  • Period radio
  • Retains its 220km/h model-specific speedometer
  • Two sets of keys

There are few cars that truly exude class, but the W112 has to be one of them, and the cabin is just as beautifully designed and appointed as the exterior. The seats are trimmed in warmly patinated tan leather, naturally weathered and deeply attractive, they set the car off perfectly. There is a small split in the front passenger squab, and the driver’s seat is in need of some repair, but we think it’s lovely to see them presented in such original and characterful condition.

Complementing them beautifully, the cabin is finished with tan carpets and matching tan vinyl to the doors and dash top. As far as we could see, the carpets and vinyl appear to be in excellent condition, with no notable damage, marking or fading.

Looking at the dashboard, it too has been very well preserved, with the wood veneer showing no evidence of cracking or warping that we could discern. Adding to that are the bank of original gauges and switchgear, which have a tactile and agreeable level of natural wear from use. The slender rimmed steering wheel and sturdy gear lever are finished with ivory coloured Bakelite, which looks to be in superb condition, with no chips or damage visible to us.

The Exterior

  • Cream paintwork with matched hub caps (190G for Glasurit paint code, which corresponds to Graphite Grey)
  • Black fabric roof with tan vinyl tonneau
  • Plenty of handsome brightwork

Perfectly contrasting with the tan interior, the car is finished in a smooth and delicate shade of cream. It appears to be a very old respray as the owner's son who is in his forties doesn't recall it and is in good condition for its age. There are, naturally, a few blemishes and marks, but they are minor in nature and simply add to the genuine persona of the vehicle.

When looking at the bodywork itself, it all appears to be nice and straight, with no damage or corrosion apparent. Panels gaps look to be even and a general aura of old-school Mercedes quality pervades.

As with all W112 cabriolets, the car features a wealth of brightwork. From the iconic grille and light surrounds to the window trims, wheel arch spats, sill covers and bumpers, all of the brightwork presents in a lovely condition, with a splendid and attractive level of natural wear. There are some small dents in the front and rear bumpers, but nothing that would worry us and, in truth, they only add to the car’s charm. The rest of the badging and trim looks to be present and correct, with the bumper also featuring a pair of smart period Hella driving lights.

The car sits on the usual 14-inch Mercedes steel wheels, complete with body-coloured hub caps. Again, they present well and appear to be in very good condition, with no signs of corrosion we could identify. They are shod with a matched set of thickly walled Michelin tyres (2021), which no doubt add to the plushness of the car’s ride. They look to have good tread levels and show no signs of sidewall damage.

Looking under the vehicle, it shows well. There is no notable corrosion or damage that we could see, and it appears as if some of the suspension linkage and bushes have been replaced at some point in the car’s life. Clearly, the warm, dry Spanish climate has helped to preserve the car beautifully.

The Mechanics

  • 2,996cc aluminium inline-six, 6-plunger 170 bhp version
  • Factory option 4-speed manual transmission
  • Power steering
  • Girling disc brakes all around (first Mercedes to feature a dual-circuit braking system)
  • Air suspension which is said to be fully functional
  • Spanish ITV from last year with no advisories
  • Fuel pump rebuilt and tested for flow and pressure in 2020

That fuel-injected inline-six (M189-987) which is most likely the original and is derived straight from the 300SL, emits a delicious burbling soundtrack that would only encourage us to drive everywhere with the roof down.
It’s mated to the rare factory optioned 4-speed manual transmission, giving the driver the opportunity to enjoy an engaging drive or simply waft along in absolute comfort. The compressions (visible in the gallery) all sit between 8 and 9 bars.

Under that imperious bonnet, the engine bay is very clean and tidy, with no evidence of leaks or overheating that we could identify. It appears that at some point recently some of the hoses and lines have been refreshed, and the battery looks to be quite new too.

Serving up 170hp and 250Nm (from 160 for the 2 plunger version before 64) to the rear wheels and with a claimed 180kph top speed, the 300SE is more than capable of cruising with modern traffic, and makes for a superbly usable classic. Worth mentioning that the car was driven 30km to and fro the shooting location without issues.


Few cars are as suave as a W112 convertible. Drenched in style, they’re the epitome of 60s French and Italian Riviera chic. It’s little wonder they’re an iconic and much sought-after machine.

This example is presented with low mileage, having been cherished and cared for by just two owners in its 58 years. That care really shows, as the car appears to be mostly original and has a simply magnificent patina and character that only the passage of time can bestow.

If you love the idea of a classic Mercedes-Benz cabriolet, we can’t think of many better ways to fulfil that dream than to wallow in the panache and opulence of this handsome machine.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1964
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 300 SE Cabriolet Manual (W112)
  • Colour Cream
  • Odometer 75,382 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2996
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Barcelona
  • Location International
  • Country Spain
Bidding history
23 bids
  • neque_1•••• €125,000 04/12/22
  • ladisla•••• €121,000 04/12/22
  • neque_1•••• €120,000 04/12/22
  • ladisla•••• €118,000 04/12/22
  • 90lover•••• €117,000 04/12/22
  • ladisla•••• €114,000 04/12/22
  • neque_1•••• €113,000 04/12/22
  • ladisla•••• €111,000 04/12/22
  • neque_1•••• €110,000 04/12/22
  • ladisla•••• €106,000 04/12/22

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