The Mercedes-Benz W186 Model 300 was a four-door luxury tourer produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1951 and 1957. It was the company’s largest and most prestigious automobile, sometimes referred to as a “Type300”. The W186 was equal in features and price but superior in performance to the rival Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and shared numerous design innovations and mechanical components with the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”, including engine, suspension and chassis. All but hand built as the company flagship, the W186 is often identified as an Adenauer after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the federal Republic of Germany, who employed six custom cabriolet, hardtop saloon, and landaulet versions of the W186 and its successor W186 during his 1949-1963 tenure. Among the custom features in these “Parade Cars” were writing desks, sirens, curtains, dividing partitions, sunroof and half-roof “Landaulet” configurations, burgundy exterior, white interior, four door saloon, restore.
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