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  • Guest (FRANK)

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    '81 drove Quattroporte from Vienna to Miliano & back again, while in Collage, those where the days, got back to Chicago that summer, was lucky to drive a mighty M-B 300-6.3. But one better car was MY DAD'S '72 Jag w/V-12 327 Cu.In. Close to 6.3, just Dad's 2002 always interested me more, he traded it in on '76 BMW 530i w/special everything very fast car. I think those days where the best, brought back w/me from Europe '84 Cosworth Serria XRT4i. Somehow those days those cars felt like they flew, the techy -techo 2014 30 yrs newer cars have little feeling they are sleepy, sure they can go fast but without feeling, my Ex-wife offers the same, costing nearly the same too. God I miss those old days, have good no great feeling of them.

    from Osprey, FL, USA
  • Andreas Lavesson

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    I've always had a thing for performance sedans and while my heart lies with BMW, the 300 SEL 6.3 is certainly no exception. I have to say that this was a particularly beautifully written piece. Although I do believe, or at least want to believe, that not all owners of modern performance sedans are ignorant and egocentric.

    However, impressive as the modern ones might be in certain respects, I'm always drawn to the older ones (as most of us on this site, I presume).

  • Rui Moreira

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    I've read somewhere recently that the reasons for the model to been given the green light were the need for a more powerful engine in the range, specially in the US, and an excess production of M100 engines due to low demand for the 600 model.
    But it was a hot rod when it came out, and the list of former owners includes F1 drivers of the time who used to do some "performance tests" on the road to and from the racing venues. :)

  • Guest (Twotone)

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    This was my 1973 (yes, made after September 1972) 280 SEL 4.5 Wish I had not sold it.


  • Guest (fe2cruz)

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    Were the heating/air electrical issues sorted by the time they released the followup 450SEL 6.9 model from Ronin & Lost Highway? I think the 6.9 still had the air suspension, but I was wondering if the 6.9 was easier to live with and maintain today. Maybe the Quattroporte is the Great-Great Grandpa, the 6.3 is the Great Grandpa and the 6.9 is just plain Grandpa, or would the plain Grandpa title be best given to wait till the Hammer?

  • Guest (toffee)

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    Please, the hammer doesn't belong.

  • Andreas Lavesson

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    Would you like to elaborate?

  • Guest (Allan)

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    I would argue that perhaps the BMW Bavaria was the first sports sedan. No, it didn't have a big engine, but it was actually engineered to be sporty. It handled well - which isn't something you can say of the big Merc.

  • Guest (David Mitchell)

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    While it is true, re the sports saloons such as the Mercedes 300 6.3, Maserati and BMW 2500-3.0L, a cheaper and more practical option of course was the Mercedes 280 3.5 sedan. While out here in Aus, the Phase 3 Ford GTHO (Bathurst special) was in many respects the equal to the Mercedes in terms of power. In terms of value, it outstrips all of the above cars. Top condition examples out here ranging in price from $200K upwards towards $750K.

    from Hobart TAS, Australia
  • Brooks Lester

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    I was lucky enough to ride in one of these beasts during my high school years. My high school shop specialized in Mercedes Benz (college town, lots of Merc's in the 'hood). One day during my senior year in 1982, when walking to class, I saw a very clean silver full-sized Mercedes with collapsed suspension poking its rear out of the shop bay. The badges indicated 300SEL 6.3. I had read of the car, but never seen one in the flesh.

    Unbeknownst to me, one of my classmates took shop and was working on the car. He was allowed to take it home for the weekend after repairs were made. I somehow got a ride in it for about 20 minutes. Hands down, this remains the greatest car I have ever been in. Incredible craftsmanship, beautiful design inside and out, and surprisingly high levels of roadholding and acceleration, all served up with elegance, comfort, luxury, and strong zeitgeist of "Deutschland Über Alles". The sunroof was huge. I will never forget that car.

    My two lottery win must have cars are the 300SEL 6.3 and a Singer Porsche.