The 6.3

The Mercedes-Benz W109 vehicles were the top-of-the-line sedan in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Mercedes had a hold on the luxury car market that no other manufacturer could touch – and that hold was the legendary 300SEL 6.3. Known simply as “The 6.3″, Daimler-Benz made 6526 vehicles with the 109 chassis and equipped them with the legendary 6.3L cast-iron m100 taken directly from the 600 series. There are many fanbases and fansites dedicated soley to the m100-powered vehicles, and rightfully so. The 300SEL 6.3 was the fastest production sedan made for decades, until Mercedes-Benz outdid themselves in the early 90’s with the 500E and 600SEL vehicles. The 6.3, by conservative estimates, made 250HP and had a top speed of 220KM/H (~137MPH). More realistic figures put the 6.3 in the 300+ HP range.

M100.981

The 300SEL 6.3 


Chassis designation: 109.018
Engine type: M100.981
6,526 built
300 HP
0-100km/h in 6.5s

Mechanically fuel-injected, SOHC cast-iron block 6.3L V8. Actual displacement 6332ccm. Air-suspension 109 chassis, with anti-dive braking system. Limited-slip rear differential standard.

For more 6.3 articles, the m-100 group site has detailed article pages, and Jalopnik calls it a must-ride vehicle for enthusiasts.