Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 in the test: Dick & amp; thirsty – the fastest production saloon

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 debuted in March 1968. At the Geneva Motor Show. His references: a wine barrel-like displacement of 6,332 cubic centimeters, a torque for vineyards move and be finally muffled shuffling sound.

15.11.2011 Hans Neubert Powered by

The sound of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 at the same time a subtle reference to his thirst. For the outclassed in-part operation with more than 25 liters per 100 kilometers every well-trained wine lovers.

The Mercedes 600 engine catapults the Mercedes 300 SEL forward

it is more than forty years already ago that development engineer Erich Waxenberger and his colleagues let go until then reigning demand for Mercedes-Benz: They transplanted the monstrous V8 engine with 6.3 liter displacement from the state limousine Mercedes 600 in the much leaner S-class. And created the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 - the fastest production sedan in the world. A feat of cultivated madness - in the reasonable Swabia.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 debuted officially in March 1968 in Geneva, so the anniversary is pressing. Very practical, therefore, is that the car can drive on the highway to France still like a flying champagne corks. Full throttle at 130 km / h, an amazing spectacle: the four-speed automatic transmission with hydraulic clutch kicks down rough, the engine of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 changes suddenly his tone of muttering in yelling, and more than forty years old leather pushes the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 passenger mercilessly from behind against the discs.

The wind noise in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 will tornado sounds: from 170 km / also the last conversation about fermentation in the bottle, dosage and other intricacies of champagne production h then silence. They sing the song of chrome rims, unclad wipers, massive gutters. Not so bad, the driver is now already no longer in the mood for banter.

First owner produced tights and wanted 70 additional hp

For he must jittery 1.8 tons Swabian heavy design of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 corrected permanently in the course - with a steering wheel, the perceived diameter is two meters. Nevertheless, the empty highway sucks the Altmercedes for a few moments in an absurd 235 km / h. This is of course completely incompatible for the global climate, but primarily a full 15 km / h faster than a standard model. After all, this is a copy of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 with contemporary tuning and immodest 320 hp. For the first owner of the frenzied living room, a Allgauer manufacturer for ladies stockings of the brand "Ergee", the standard 250 horsepower were probably been too ladylike.

And so he had turned his Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 early 70s to a young engine manufacturer in Großaspach to let make the fastest production sedan to allerallerschnellsten. AMG was the store - in those days it was still far from being able to serve as the Group's own premium brand. In Stuttgart-Untertürkheim Aufrecht was hardly taken seriously, you even amused himself on the screwdriver force. In internal memos was in any case blasphemed in detail about their modest premises and the alleged lack of tooling.

Classic tuning AMG

But appearances were deceptive, because engines, the AMG-ler knew about at that time. Good for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3, with a specific power output of 39.5 hp bored / liter, the machine was far from the end of their options - polished intake ports, precision-balanced piston rods, sharp camshafts, racing pistons. Hans-Werner Aufrecht and his men created a delightfully irrational piece of German engineering, which she evidently impressed itself: Even today, maintenance can recall details such as the ignition angle or the heat value of the candles. He proudly had hit 6.3, the now famous three letters on the two camshafts armed of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL. Apparently by hand, the slightly crooked typeface Judging.

Crooked or not: The early commitment to meritocracy is a slight twitch on the gas pedal in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 are still available at all times. The decorated with leather and wood club room then turns quickly into a sweltering gym. The waste heat from the engine too narrow little room on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 is quite equal that of a medium-sized nuclear reactor. And so we are almost glad that forces us of horrendous consumption Silberling despite a 105-liter tanks at a stopover.

Ever: At the latest on the French border, the natural force of this engine into the background. From now on, we glide in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 at the speed limit along over splendidly crooked country roads. We can blare and to creak maintained the leather soft jazz club. Lo and behold: The supposed Tyrannosaurus Rex can be quite peaceful. Satisfied the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 gobbles on the scenic roads of the Vosges and an exercise in French-relaxed pace. Only when again empty and straight ribbons of asphalt milling behind Bar-le-Duc by large cornfields of France, you can hear slight sigh of relief from the engine compartment of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. Once again, orderly auszuschenken an opportunity for the mechanical eight-plunger injection pump from Bosch.

The transmission of torque educates to slide

So brutal the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 also can be, he educates us subtly and imperceptibly to a more relaxed travel pace. In the brochure Mercedes drew parallels to an English club in the interior. Wisely was certainly from the cigar lighter, not spoken from the cigarette lighter. Above all, it is the permeability of the endless torque transmitting inexorably to the driver. Shortly before midnight, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 mumbles slowly with 150 km / h on the last kilometer of the native motorway. We can sit back comfortably for the rest of the trip.

As Mercedes wrote at that time in the prospectus? "The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 are those crucial peace, control and relaxation, can no longer do without the driver in the future."