Six Fast Facts that You Should Know about the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL
- Rudolf Uhlenhaut, known for his version of the 1955 300SLR race car that was road legal, was invited by Mercedes-Benz to test drive the prototype of the 300SEL. Perplexed by the vehicle's superior performance, witnesses said that Uhlenhaut popped the hood at the first stop to check how the engineers and designers managed to fit the vehicle's big engine and supporting equipment inside the small bay.
- From 1968 to 1972, only 6,526 Mercedes Benz 300SEL were manufactured. But, although many car owners and enthusiasts think that this vehicle is very expensive to maintain, the 300SEL remains to be one of the best collectible cars today.
- Compared to other SE sedan versions, the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL had a longer chassis and a different rim offset. In fact, in terms of rim width, some 300SELs were equipped with 6.5-inch rims, while others featured 7-inch ones. Likewise, the offset for this line's rims varied. The offset for the 6.5-inch rims was measured at 21.5 mm, while the 7-inch ones had 25 mm.
- What will you get if you combine the 109 series Type 300 SEL and Type 600? The 300SEL, of course! By combining these vehicles, Mercedes-Benz, which was known as Daimler-Benz during that time, was able to launch one of the fastest series produced sedans in the world. Powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine, this sedan was as nimble as its competitors in the sports car division because it could provide a top speed of more than 220 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 7.4 seconds.
- With its excellent eight-cylinder engine, entering the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL as a race car was not a farfetched idea. So, in 1969, with company engineer Erich Waxenberger taking the wheel, this vehicle was entered in a six-hour touring car race held in Macao. Though it was a one-time entry, the 300SEL did not disappoint by finishing in first place.
- Although production of the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL started in the late 60s, it is still considered as one of the best vehicles in the automobile industry. To prove this, the 300SEL has made various appearances in various TV shows and films such as Zombie Farm, Driving Miss Daisy, Top Gear Korea, and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.