As Mercedes-Benz emerged from the rubble of World War II, it reacted quickly to technological and market developments to introduce new models that recognized the changed realities. The 300 series of luxury sedans, first introduced in 1951, epitomize the rapid evolution. Powered by 3-litre overhead camshaft six cylinder engines, the 300 was aimed specifically at meeting the needs of social, financial, political, professional and business elites with good performance, ample interior room, comfortable ride and luxurious appointments. By 1959 it had progressed through three separate stages to the 300d with modernized coachwork and fuel injection. Most were owned and proudly maintained throughout their lives by professional drivers for discriminating individuals, corporations, embassies and other organizations which could afford, and demanded, only the finest care and maintenance. This remarkably well preserved 1959 300d four-door sedan is an excellent example -- not only of the 300d itself but also consistent maintenance and preservation. It appears to be completely original, except for probably one older repaint, and is exceptional in that everything, from the clock and Becker Mexico radio to the powered suspension leveling system, works. An interesting feature is that the rear quarter windows are detachable and store in their original protective bag in the trunk making the car when its windows are rolled down nearly completely open, airy and spacious. The interior is original with some cracking and patina of use but entirely sound and usable. The trunk contains the original jack, spare and quarter window bag. The glove box contains the original books in the pouch supplied by the factory. The original interior wood trim is in good condition. A half-century old this year, this 1959 300d is a wonderful example of quality construction, materials and design preserved by decades of equally high quality maintenance and care.
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