1968 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet

The 300SE has always been a cult car, and it’s a great choice for a true open four-seater for classic events


The Mercedes-Benz’s S-class cabriolet of the late-1960s wore the same timelessly elegant coachwork that debuted in 1959 on the 220SE, and as befitted a top-of-the-range luxury model, came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric windows, and stereo radio as standard features.

The 300SE employed a version of Mercedes-Benz’s single-overhead-cam, seven-bearing inline six-cylinder, displacing 2,996 cc and developing 195 hp at 5,400 rpm. A four-speed manual transmission was available, and the rear suspension featured a hydro-pneumatic, self-leveling system. Thus equipped, the 300SE was good for 120 mph.

Supplied new in Switzerland, this automatic-transmission-equipped 300SE Cabriolet remained in its original owner’s hands from new until 2000, when it was acquired by the vendor. Finished in silver with blue leather interior, the car is presented in very good condition throughout and offered complete with tool kit, service records, owner’s manual, sales brochure, and Swiss registration papers.