1967 W112 300SE Cabriolet 300SE/SEL Sedan/Coupe/Cabrio (1961-1967)
Details: 1967 300SE Cabriolet This extremely rare auto is made
doubly so by virtue of the fact that it was built for IAA Frankfurt
show of September of 1967 as the example of the new styling and
safety features which would be made standard for the 1968 model
year. Listed on the Produktion-Auftrag 1 as a zu997 code Standwagen
it was on display in Hall 5 Stand 805 of the International
Automobile Ausstellung (IAA) Frankfurt. (If anyone has photos of
this display please contact me about them.) Extensive chroming of
parts, polish of aluminum intake, and black painted valve cover are
testament to the extensive show prep the factory did to this auto
for the show. New safety upgrades to all the upper class autos for
1968 are in use on this rare example of the last of the line with
steering column, dash and softening of interior features to protect
the driver and passengers in case of accident. The upgrades in
safety are numerous and clearly meant to be used on the new year
model 1968 which they did not officially produce in the 300 line
for this model. Rarity is a factor in Auto Collecting and values.
The 708 300SE Cabriolets produced over six years are about twice as
rare as the 300SL Gullwing Coupe of which 1400 were produced over
approximately 3 years. The 708 300SE Cabriolets produced over six
years are about two and a half times more rare than the 300SL
Roadster of which there were 1858 produced during the 7 years of
production. Taking these numbers into account and the production
figures for 1967 of 253 coupes and cabriolets together on the 300
line for 1967. Then calculate the number of Cabriolets at what was
about 23% to 25% of that number and it is likely there were only
about 53 Cabriolets made in 1967 on the 300 line. As we see this is
an extremely rare automobile just as a 1967 added to this the
rarity of being built for the Frankfurt show and produced with the
1968 safety and styling.
1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE
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