PKW4051 300 S and 300 Sc Coupés (W 188), 1951 - 1958

300 S and 300 Sc Coupés (W 188), 1951 - 1958

In October 1951 - one month before serial production of the 300 model was launched - another top model, the 300 S model, was presented at the Paris Motor Show; this completed the now well rounded production range of Daimler-Benz, which - as before the war - fulfilled the highest expectations. The new model was positioned as a parcticularly representative car with sports-car characteristics and it met the highest demands with regards to roadability and speed. That the 300 S model indeed justified this high ranking was demonstrated by the judgement of the international motor press. The press hailed the new model as "car of the world elites" and as a "model for what can be achieved today in automobile construction" . The car also won praise for its "traditional and in this case particularly noble form [...] without taking recourse to aerodynamics".

Technically the 300 S was derived mainly from the 300 model. In contrast to the 300 model, however, it had a curtailed chassis with a wheelbase, which was 150 mm shorter. Higher compression and the addition of three carburettors boosted engine power to 150 hp. This made a maximum speed of 175 kph possible. The 300 S model was available as Cabriolet A, as roadster and as a coupé. The roadster basically corresponded to the Cabriolet A, but it had a lighter, fully retractable hood without coach joints. Serial production of the three versions started between June and September 1952.

In September 1955 a revised version of the 300 S model was presented together with the 300 c at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The most significant changes had taken place in the rear axle and the engine. The revised model, internally called 300 Sc, had a single-joint cross shaft axle with a low pivot, like the 300 c. Carburation did no longer take place with the help of three carburettors but by direct injection; as a result, engine power was increased to 175 hp.

The body, too, had been modified: the 300 Sc had swivel windows and bigger indicators at the front and the rear. New distinguishing features were also two horizontal chrome lined bonnet louvers on both sides as well as chrome trims extending from the front to the rear wheel arches. A chrome sign "Einspritzmotor" (injection engine), attached to the boot lid below the handle indicated that the car had a more powerful engine.

Inspite of technical and visual improvements only 200 cars were produced of the three body versions of the 300 Sc. From the beginning of 1957 public interest in the car had almost died down so that production of the 300 Sc was phased out in April 1958. Part of the reason for this development was probably the new 300 SL Roadster which many potential customers found more attractive - it combined modern design with an increased driving performance and it was, last but not least, DM 4,000 cheaper.

Both versions, the 300 S as well as the 300 Sc, belong to the most exclusive Mercedes-Benz passenger car models of the post-war era and, together with the 300 SL, they are the most sought after models among car lovers.

Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 S Coupé aus dem Jahre 1951
MB 300 S Coupé
Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 S Coupé
MB Typ 300 S Coupé
Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupé from 1955
Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc
Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 Sc, Coupé, 1955
Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 Sc, Coupé
Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 S Coupé, 1951-1955
MB Typ 300 S Coupé
Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé, 1951-55; brochure front cover from 1951 with a drawing by Hans Liska.
Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé
Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 Sc Coupé, 1955-58; Zeichnung aus dem Prospekt von 1955
Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 Sc Coupé
Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé W 188
Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé
38th International Motor Show in London, 21-31.10.1953. 
Mercedes-Benz Roadster 300 S, Mercedes-Benz Innenlenker 300 and Mercedes-Benz Innenlenker 170 S-D on the exhibition stand.
International Motor Show London, 1953
Der senkrecht eingebaute Einspritzmotortyp M 188 für den Mercedes-Benz 300 S, 1951 - 1962
Zeichnung v. Wörner
Einspritzmotor M 188
Werbeanzeige Mercedes-Benz, "Weltruhm durch Qualität Schönheit und Leistung", Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 S
Advertising Passenger Cars 1951
Werbeanzeige Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 S
Advertising Passenger Cars 1952
Werbeanzeige Mercedes-Benz: "Ein Programm für alle Wünsche"; Mercedes-Benz Typ 180, 180 D, 190, 190 SL, 219, 220 S, 220 S Coupé und Cabriolet, 300 Automatic, 300 SL, 300 S
Werbeanzeigen Warenzeichen und Text 1957
Mercedes-Benz 300 S, 1951-1955; the first two units in the photo: Coupé (left) and the Convertible A (right).
Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé, Convertible A
Mercedes-Benz CL-Klasse, Baureihe 216, präsentiert 2006 zusammen mit Vorgängermodellen in der Tradition der großen Coupés. Von vorn nach hinten: CL 500, Baureihe 216, 2006, CL 600, Baureihe 215 (1999 - 2006), Coupé der Baureihe 140 (Coupés 1992 - 1998). Dann der Typ 560 SEC (1985 - 1991, Coupés der Baureihe 126 von 1981 - 1991), das 280 SE 3.5 Coupé (1969 - 1971, Coupés der Baureihe 111 von 1961 - 1971), das 220 S Coupé (Baureihe 180, 1956 - 1959, Coupés der Baureihen 180/128 von 1956 - 1960), sowie der Typ 300 S (Baureihe 188, 1951 - 1958) in der späten Ausführung (auch als "300 Sc" bezeichnet), von dem es nur 98 Exemplare gab.
CL-Klasse, Coupé - C 216, mit Vorgängermodellen seit 1951