Post-War Benz Beauty

Lacking 1950s luxuries, the elegant but old-fashioned 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe was a sales flop

More expensive than the 300SL sports car and almost double the price of a contemporary Cadillac, the Mercedes-Benz 300S was one of the world's most exclusive automobiles. Elegantly styled in the prewar manner, yet technologically up to date, the 300S was built to the Stuttgart firm's uncompromising standards. Such conservative luxury produced predictable results: Only 760 300S/Sc cars left the factory between 1951 and 1958.

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