Bellingham resident, Fredric Hood owns what might be called an Uber-Muscle car. Cool Cats and Hot Gals don’t think of German luxury when considering 1970s muscle car era, but Fredric’s Mercedes Benz 300 SEL certainly merits mention.
In 1988, while Fredric was living in Anchorage Alaska, his mechanic suggested he look at a very special Mercedes Benz. So Fredric took the 6.3 liter Benz for a test drive. You might say it was love at first linear G force. The huge mechanically fuel injected, V-8 pushed him back in the sear at wide open throttle. 300 horse power was still a lot back in 1988, especially for a luxury sedan built in 1970. The Air suspension maintained a firm grip while the rear of the car gave a little wiggle as the automatic transmission shifted in to third gear. Even by today’s standards it will get your heart pumping.
“This luxury sedan from Germany turned in quarter mile times comparable to the iconic Pontiac GTO muscle car of the same vintage,” coments Bob Taylor, owner Master Auto Tech
What set this car apart was that it could cruise at over 120 mph carrying five people in complete comfort. The claim by Mercedes Benz that this was the fastest luxury car in the world along with its modest styling, make the 300SEL a real sleeper. The uninitiated who fail to notice the 6.3 stamped on the rear deck could be in for a surprise at the next stop light.
Fredric kept the car as his daily driver and brought it to Bellingham with him in 2003. The interior wood trim is like new and the leather seats have all been replaced. The fresh factory anthracite gray paint and service and repairs using original manufacturer equipment parts make this a well kept true classic.
“It’s still a real head turner, especially among classic car aficionados.” Fredric notes and laments tongue in cheek that until he owned this car he had never had a speeding ticket. That horse power can get expensive can’t it.