Rubber in second: ’69 Mercedes-Benz 6.3
In 1968 Road & Track headlined their coverage of the 6.3 with “a big-engined option for a semi-big sedan.” By the time they had major seat time in it for the November issue, they were in love, concluding that it was “merely the greatest sedan in the world.” Car and Driver’s Brock Yates had a similar opinion declaring it “the most stimulating, desirable four-door sedan to appear since the Model J Duesenberg.”
This 6.3 luxury sedan had the M100 engine that powered the massive 600 stuffed into the smaller W-109 chassis engine bay. Then they loaded it with a complex air suspension system and turned it into a 140 mph Bahn-burner. Of course, 300hp and 424lbs of torque helped get it moving quickly and elegantly making it one of the fastest sedans of the day. A real sleeper dressed for a night out on the town. The interior had special wood, automatic 4-speed transmission, power everything and orthopedic seats. It cost $14,000 in 1969. Today’s Black/Black sedan seems like a bargain at the $27,500 considering the condition and rarity. By rarity here we mean finding one of these in really nice driver condition. Many of these have fallen into disrepair or have deferred maintenance issues. On the other spectrum, there are $75,000 examples with full restorations. The restoration cars would probably make the owners think twice about driving them frequently so this is the best bet. It has had 5 owners since new but there is an unbroken chain of custody. Click here for the listing.