B Jake Moran

1952 Mercedes 300 - the Adenaur WOW!

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https://cedarrapids.craigslist.org/cto/d/cedar-rapids-mercedes-benz/6955656622.html

 

Wow!  Some of you guys may think I am off my rocker.   This is a 1952 Mercedes Benz 300C.  (Not sure if it's a C, but it is a 300)   This was Mercedes top of the line luxury car, hand made in Germany and meant to reestablish the company's reputation as a builder of flagship level luxury cars for the European and eventually American markets.  To find one in any condition is rare. 

 

This one is clearly pretty shoddy and may not appeal to American car fans but as a Generalist in the past 42 years I have looked into every nook and cranny of the hobby and remember reading about the Adenaur a few years back.   Here is why pundits refer to this car as an Adenaur, which like the term Pagoda, evokes a car better then the numeral designation of MB:

 

All but hand-built as the company flagship, the W186 is often identified as an Adenauer after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, who employed six custom cabriolet, hardtop saloon, and landaulet versions of the W186 and its successor W189 during his 1949-1963 tenure

 

This one should be headed to ebay where it will easily reach this asking price.  Or at least it would have a few years back.  I bid on a few Adenaurs about 10 years ago but I am cheap and remember similar project cars fetching $10,000 +.  Completeness is key of course. 

 

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always found them ugly, but yes they are rare and can be quite valuable. think for a second about what it would cost to restore one of these and youre running shoes will come in quite handy!

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Styling took the Germans and British awhile to get out of the pre war idiom.   In this case, one needs to google 1952 300C and see the restored ones. In my opinion, they are a beautiful sedan when the US companies made their styling bucks off 2 door hardtops, and in some cases, the 4 doors were afterthoughts. 

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I too like these a lot. It's essentially a prewar Classic Mercedes at a 95% off clearance price.  Off your rocker? Maybe,  but ive sat in that rocker myself and quite like it there!

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This is certainly no 300c but a 300 without b-c-d .i still  have 2 of these but parts cars .I bought several in the US ( better than this one ) and took them back to Europe ( back home ) Its bad there is not one picture from the engine at all and i am afraid the engine could be a big problem as it has been sitting for   a long time .i like the velours interior .I also see all the chrome is shot and there is a lot of chrome on this car and all mounted with little screws that are all rusted solid .

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Thanks Daniel.  I agree this one is bad, but the ones I bid on 10 years ago were worse.  I bid to my budget, which at the time was probably $2000, and got blown out of the water.  My collecting direction is not toward MB as it was then.  At that time I had purchased 2 350SL's, both 1972-1973 small bumper cars, and a 72 small bumper 250C.  As too often happens, I decided to add a BMW and then sold everything.  It was during that time I tried to add an Adenaur.  Of course coupes and convertibles bring 6 figures, I may have even seen a convertible on "Chasing Classic Cars."   4 door models are all I could afford. 

 

The graceful flow of the fenders, the small back window, all very nice.  Agree it's not a C, but maybe early is better for value and interest.  I know the later ones are more highly sought.  Anyway, I like to post the unusual, and here you go. 

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The issue is restoration costs which would be measured in 100s of thousands of dollars.

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Another car that's easy to buy but almost impossible to own. See also: any post-war Rolls-Royce.

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What Matt and AJ said.  This is a car that could bankrupt one quickly, and the sedan won't carry anywhere near the cost of a restoration.  

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This cries to have an SBC dropped in and be driven, Restoration costs would be half the national debt.

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Doing the engine/tranny is 25% of the problem.  There is 300k worth of chrome, leather, paint and wood trim on that car.

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I had an 82 300d that I sold super cheap,I converted it to run on veggy oil.I also recently sold a 86 300sl on e-bay for $9000 which I was surprised. The guy bought it sight unseen. I wonder if one of those drive trains would work in the 52? Is it diesel? Just wondered.Greg.

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Same issue with the more common closed ponton MB.  A nice one is $20, 25k.  Maybe double for a coupe, quadruple for the very attractive vert.  But carry full MB resto costs.

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On 8/23/2019 at 12:57 AM, daniel boeve said:

This is certainly no 300c but a 300 without b-c-d .i still  have 2 of these but parts cars .I bought several in the US ( better than this one ) and took them back to Europe ( back home ) Its bad there is not one picture from the engine at all and i am afraid the engine could be a big problem as it has been sitting for   a long time .i like the velours interior .I also see all the chrome is shot and there is a lot of chrome on this car and all mounted with little screws that are all rusted solid .

I enquired about the car , but is was a cash only payment and as i am in Belgium very difficult .Also no pictures from the bottom or the engine .It comes from a estate sale and has to go .Cedar rapids is in the middle of the US and expensive to ship .Car ran 10 years ago they said .This weekend several people will come over to see it so it will be gone and if not well than its no good neither .

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On 8/22/2019 at 8:21 PM, Matt Harwood said:

Another car that's easy to buy but almost impossible to own. See also: any post-war Rolls-Royce.

Matt, any year RR is a commitment - they are incredibly "engineered" and complicated cars compared to other cars of similar vintage from the beginning to even now (very rewarding though when they are what they should be).

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5 hours ago, daniel boeve said:

I enquired about the car , but is was a cash only payment and as i am in Belgium very difficult .Also no pictures from the bottom or the engine .It comes from a estate sale and has to go .Cedar rapids is in the middle of the US and expensive to ship .Car ran 10 years ago they said .This weekend several people will come over to see it so it will be gone and if not well than its no good neither .

Hi Daniel:

Yes I spoke to the lady who is assisting the estate.  I am 110 miles or so from Cedar Rapids.  I will likely go see the car.   Her friend as you may know is settling the estate of her dad, and reached out to Molly to assist.  At one time the dad had 10 of these. I was offered the car for $4200.  She has a 'serious buyer' looking at it today and will advise if sold.

 

Look, I get it it would be a lot to restore.  What if mileage is correct at 33,000.  It's straight, complete and has a lot less chrome than American cars from the 50's.  You either like the styling or you do not, and I do.  Mercedes Benz has restoration services and parts in house.  Being an early Adenaur, they would love to assist someone in it's restoration.  I guess I do not see where it would cost $200,000 to restore this one.  It has been inside stored for decades.   Wiring and mechanical restoration would be a challenge. 

 

This is the kind of car I like seeing on Iowa Craigs List.  So bored with the normal, and this comes along.

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Did she boost the price or was it always $5900? I seem to think I had seen $4,500?

 

Mercedes Benz - $5900 (Cedar Rapids)

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On 8/23/2019 at 2:21 AM, Matt Harwood said:

Another car that's easy to buy but almost impossible to own. See also: any post-war Rolls-Royce.

Matt , i do not agree , i had a 300d 1959 for many years and went many times to Germany up and down without problems .Even when my wife was 6 months pregnant ( crazy if i think about it now ) but we was young then and had  less worries then today .

Nowadays i also have a 1958 bentley and i am very happy with it and it takes me everywhere without loosing oil and it brakes when its needs to break .

I have problems now with a 1950 cad cvt that even today left me stranded with vapor lock in the middle of nowhere .Had to pour a bottle of water  over the carburator to get it going again .Will have to put in an electrical gas pump .

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I'd be happy to give you some relief from your problem with your 50 Caddy. 😁😁😁  Love that model year.

Installing a Hardi electric pump (model 1776) helped my 50 Club Coupe a lot. Excellent pumps. But rather expensive. 

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49 minutes ago, Hans1965 said:

I'd be happy to give you some relief from your problem with your 50 Caddy. 😁😁😁  Love that model year.

Installing a Hardi electric pump (model 1776) helped my 50 Club Coupe a lot. Excellent pumps. But rather expensive. 

Hans , thanks for the advice , i have to see if this model is 12 volt powered or 6 volt .my car still runs on 6 volt but starts on 12 volt so there is a way to power a 12 volt pump also .Where did you pit the pump ? i also know they are rather loud but better loud than nothing at all stranded in the middle of nowhere .

I have to correct as i poured water over the pump to get the car going again not over the carb.

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They adjust the flow rate quite nicely so do not 'tick' all the time. Mine is in the engine compartment where the fuel line ends. Usually should be placed as close to the tank as possible. I only hear it in idle, but very gentle and a tick every few seconds. The 1776 is 6 volt for cars with more than 100 horses. Of course they carry 12 Volt pumps as well. I hesitated to buy one due to their price, but my cheap one lost gasoline (!!!!) and I decided to buy something good. 

I see I lost the chance to buy a nice 50 convertible. 😅😅😅

 

 

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