The Type 300
W189) was Mercedez-Benz's flagship line in the '50s. Analogous to today's
S-Class, these cars were elegant, powerful, exclusive and expensive. The 3.0-L 6-cylinder Type 300 had a much cheaper 2.2-L 6-cylinder version, the
The W189 or 300d replaced the
300c (W186) in 1957 as Mercedes-Benz's top 4-door car. With the additional 4" and a hardtop configuration, the saloon was now a limousine and the cabriolet now a phaeton. It replaced the
W188 as Mercedez-Benz's flagship car in 1958. Originally, the
300SE (W112) was supposed to replace the 300d as the company's top car. But that distinction was ultimately given to another limousine, the
600 "Grand Mercedes".