1960 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series 300d Adenauer, 47,940 actual miles 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer | matching numbers | Rare euro. model

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When significant changes were made, the model designation changed. The original 300 (no letter) was built as a 1951 to 1954 model; the 300b was built for 1954 and 1955, and the 300c for 1955 through 1957, and the 300d for 1957 to 1962. The 300 quickly became one of the leading prestige cars of its era, and standard-wheel-base cars were brought by Frank Lloyd Wright, Yul Brynner, Al Hirt, Prime Minister Nehru, and the Shah of Iran, to name just a few.

Elegant sales literature remains to the tell the story. The last of this upright, honorable line was the 300d. By the mid-1950s the original 300’s conservative styling and other modest features were showing their age.

Like earlier 300s, the 300d was built on an oval-tube X-shaped frame with independent front suspension by coil springs. Because they also used a rear swing-axle, varying loads significantly affected rear wheel camber, which in turn influenced driving stability. DBAG’s solution to keeping the rear wheels upright was a unique load leveler.

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