Mercedes-Benz 300c Berlina, designed by Ghia 1956

In 1956 Carrozzeria Ghia manufactured two almost identical Mercedes-Benz, chassis w186, 300C on behalf of the King of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud. One year later those two cars were completed.

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One of the car had the following:

  • engine number: 188920-55.00020
  • chassis number: 188010-55.00016
  • building number: 188010-55.00005.

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There were two versions:

  • A four-door convertible 300c “Allungata”
  • A four-doors closed sedan named 300c Sedan “Allungata”.

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The original Mercedes radiator/grille was left but the rest was completely changed and the Italians build the other body parts from scratch, inspiration coming from the American cars.

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It had air condition, car-telephone, a divider window that was bulletproof and drawable footsteps for bodyguards.

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Upon delivery, the cars were painted in two colors, in dark red and ivory.  Only in the interior, there was a small, subtle difference.

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The upper door panels of the convertible had been covered with black leather, those of the Berlina contrast with white leather. In the car with a convertible top (vettura as parata) is a bandwagon talk.

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The Berlina version of King Ibn Saud Mercedes-Benz 300c is now re-entering in collectors hands. Described in the car book, it seemed that is was in the temporary possession of living in California racing driver Peter Boyd but now 300c Berlina “Allungata” has returned to Italy.

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The owner is Alberto Cefis and he said he will put the car through a technical restoration and also he said that he will perform all the necessary restoration work.

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In nowadays, this unique piece is in a more than passable condition.

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