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1967-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SEL 6.3 (W109) specifications


In 1968, Mercedes engineers went slightly bonkers and dropped the 6.3-litre V8 from the 600 into the longer wheelbase 300’s bodyshell, but keeping all the luxuries like air suspension. With the engine’s massive torque, the result was a muscle car in disguise, and unlike most American muscle cars it came with dual-circuit four-wheel disc brakes. This was a luxury saloon that could outpace most of the sports cars on sale at the time, though you did have to cough up more than the price of a Ferrari Daytona for the pleasure.

Production

  • Production:
    6526
  • Price at launch:
    £7,743
  • Price (excellent)
    £13,500
  • Price (good):
    £10,000
  • Price (average):
    £6,500
  • Price (project):
    £3,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    5.7secs
  • Top speed:
    141.0mph
  • Power:
    247.0bhp
  • Torque:
    369.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    15.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, air suspension
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, air suspension
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    5000mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2843mm
  • Width:
    1810mm
  • Height:
    1420mm
  • Weight:
    1780kgs

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