Konrad Adenauer, the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, was among the first users of this new flagship Mercedes-Benz model of 1951 and was henceforth only ever to be seen being chauffeured around in a Mercedes-Benz 300. On being launched at the first IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt in April 1951, six years after the end of World War II, the Mercedes-Benz 300 heralded, like scarcely any other vehicle, Germany’s return to the international automotive market.
- Advanced six-cylinder engine with overhead camshaft
- Mechanically controlled intake manifold petrol injection (from 1957)
- Safety conical-pin locks to prevent the doors from springing open
- Electrically operated torsion bar suspension to adjust the vehicle level under heavy loads
- Heating with blower as standard
- Air conditioning as an optional extra (from 1958)
- Power-assisted steering as an optional extra (from 1958)