1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

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Year:  1971
Miles:  62,314 km
Model:  W109 300SEL 6.3 
Exterior Colour:  Black
Interior colour:  Parchment Leather


A possibly unique opportunity to acquire an original, unrestored ‘survivor’ 300SEL 6.3 in right-hand drive.


The legendary W109 300SEL 6.3 needs little introduction. The fastest four-door saloon of its era that also boasted air suspension and fuel injected 6.3-litre V8, all wrapped in the most sober of suits.

Erich Waxenberger’s private project that miraculously got the green light from the conservative management at Mercedes was a hot rod, albeit a sophisticated one, capable of accelerating to 62mph in under seven seconds and on to 137mph. Astonishing figures for the day.


Of the 6526 cars built, only 702 were right hand drive. There are thought to be less than twenty examples in the UK today.


This 1971 6.3 is finished in ‘040’ Black, which is rare in itself, with contrasting Parchment leather trim. It is a non-sunroof car with factory A/C.


Supplied new by The Western Automobile Company in Japan. It is extremely unusual in that it is right-hand drive, in a country where imported cars of this stature are almost exclusively left-hand drive due to the perceived status of left-drive.


The car was owned by a corporation from ’71 to ’76, then to a private individual who kept the car from ’76 until 2015.

We then imported the car and it has had one subsequent owner in the UK.


We have service history from 1991, plus an English translation of the receipts from Japan.

In recent years this 6.3 has benefitted from a thorough overhaul of the air suspension that included having all the valves rebuilt along with the dryer and compressor. Five new Michelin XWX tyres have been fitted along with a refurbished Becker radio; new brake calipers, hoses and a front suspension refresh.


Whereas most 6.3s today have been restored, to varying standards, and rebuilt, this car is original and unrestored and as it was assembled 51 years ago thanks to spending most of its years in the kind, salt-free climate of Japan.


It has zero corrosion, all original panels and has never had any rust or accident repair. The panel fit is perfect and the majority of the paintwork appears original, and underneath there is no corrosion, no repairs and factory paint marks still evident.


The paintwork is very presentable although with a little age to it in places, however it has a lovely patina to it and the chrome is unmarked.


Inside the car retains all its original leather and woodwork. All in good condition, albeit with a little age to the outer edge of the driver’s seat – understandable after 51 years.


On the road this 6.3 is a true joy. The engine thrusts the car along on a wave of torque with a wonderful accompanying soundtrack. Thanks to all the recent the work the car drives really well, starts on the button’ and displays perfect oil pressure and temperature readings.


In short, this car is something of a unicorn – a factory black, right-hand drive 300SEL 6.3 in preserved original condition.