Selling a Classic 1960’s Mercedes
The 1960’s were an important decade for the Mercedes Benz brand. Catapulted onto the post-war scene in the 1950’s by the Type 300 series and the world-renowned 300SL Gullwing, Mercedes would continue to see great success with their sport touring models throughout the 1960’s. This was a time when the automotive industry overall was subject to sharp fluctuations in sales. In Europe, Mercedes was a leader in both production of cars for a discerning clientele, as well as trucks and busses. In the United States, the significant increase in sales and production would continue the steady upward trend that had been apparent since war’s end.
If you’re thinking about selling your 1960’s classic Mercedes model, the Alex Manos team welcomes you to learn more about some of the most popular models below. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to connect with them today.
Classic Mercedes 300SL:
While 1962 would mark the end of the Mercedes 300SL, this exceptional classic Mercedes would live on in history as one of the finest automobiles ever designed. Boasting a sleek curvature that has yet to be matched, the 300SL Gullwing and Roadster models are some of the most sought-after in the classic car market. A low production auto, rarity is only one characteristic that adds to value. Buyers will be looking for the most complete and best condition example they can find within their budget.
Classic Mercedes 190SL:
The early 1960’s would bring about the end of the Mercedes 190SL. Ceasing production in 1963, the 190SL was considered the “Little Brother” to the world-renowned 300SL Gullwing. Replaced with the 230SL, which offered the 190SL size combined with better performance and luxury, the late model 190SL Mercedes are still sought-after as everyday and occasional drivers. If you’re selling a 190SL be sure to make yours stand out from the crowd, as more than 25,800 units were produced throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Classic Mercedes 230SL:
The Mercedes 230SL of the 1960’s was an up-to-date sports touring car with the size of the 190SL yet more performance and luxury. Produced from 1963 to 1971, all models boasted an inline six-cylinder engine with fuel injection. These rear-wheel drive cars were equipped with independent rear suspension and were available as both a Coupe and Roadster models. With their sleek, angular look, they were nicknamed the “Pagoda.”
Classic Mercedes 250SL:
With the introduction of the classic 250SL, a 2+2 body was released, which became known as the “California Coupe.” The Mercedes 250SL also marked the release of disc brakes. Because of this and their performance, they are very usable cars and many buyers will be looking for clean examples to use as everyday or fair-weather drivers.
Classic Mercedes 280SL:
The classic 280SL Mercedes from the 1960’s is often the most desired among collectors, because they were plusher and usually had an automatic transmission. Power steering, power assisted brakes, air conditioning and radios were some of the options featured at this time. Designed to be driven, potential buyers often look for working models that have been maintained over the years.
Classic Mercedes 220SEb:
The classic Mercedes 220SEb would be the last of the hand-built Mercedes; a time when only 13 cars per week would roll off the production floor. First launched in 1961, the 220SEb was considered an immediate success. In fact, there were no changes to the basic design until 1969! When selling a 220SEb, buyers will be watching for Coupes that have been converted into Convertibles, which drastically reduces the value. In total, 16,902 units were manufactured from 1961 to 1965.
Classic Mercedes 250SE:
The classic Mercedes 250SE was launched in 1965 and effectively replaced the previous 220SEb model. Visually almost identical to the 220SEb, the 250SE would have different wheel covers and larger rims. A wider range of color options was also given, including thirteen genuine leather options.
Classic Mercedes 280SE:
Launched in 1967 and ending production in 1971, the classic Mercedes 280SE offered 180hp via an inline-six engine fitted with fuel injection. The introduction of the 280SE 3.5 Coupe and Cabriolet models in 1970 would only further the performance offerings with a powerful V8 engine. In total, 5,187 units of the 280SE were produced, as well as 4,502 of the 280SE 3.5. When selling these classics from the 1960’s, be sure to show any areas of rust and be prepared to show authenticity.
Classic Mercedes 300D:
The end of the 1960’s would be the last years of production for the Mercedes Type 300 line. The 300D, which was the last offering of the series, boasted 160hp and Bosch fuel injection. Very rare, from July 1958 to February 1962, only 65 units were produced. Many collectors prefer the 300D when compared to its sister models, thanks to its flatter, squared-off roofline, slightly wider grille and 4-inch longer wheelbase.
To learn more about any of these models or to discuss the sale of your 1960’s classic Mercedes to Alex Manos’ California classic car dealership, do not hesitate to connect with their team today. They are always looking for new classics of all makes, models and conditions to add to their collection and look forward to learning more about your particular classic Mercedes. Connect today to get started!