At the 1968 Geneva motor show Mercedes Benz introduced their first high performance sedan, the 300 SEL 6.3 L V8. This was a creation by the then company engineer Erich Waxenberger, working in secret and after-hours his small team of engineers applied the classic American edict “there’s no replacement for displacement” They took the 6.3 L M 100 V8 from the 600 grosser limousines and shoehorned it into the W 109 chassis, once done they handed the prototype to a long time Mercedes Bens executive, Rudi Ulehhaut to drive. He was so shocked by the speed and power of this car that he pulled over to open the hood, he was in absolute awe of his engineers who had managed to fit such a beast of an engine into the W 109. “And so, the first AMG was born” Powered by 300 HP under the hood, amazing technology and the best luxury money could buy. The 300 SEL 6.3 L V8 became the fastest saloon car in the world in its’ day. Super collectible with only 6526 made. This is an original car in excellent condition showing some patina on its paintwork and interior. It has been fully recommissioned by Mercedes Benzs‘ specialists Kundendienst in Bloemfontein. At a cost of R 400 000,00 this 300 SEL has been put back into near perfect condition.
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