1954→1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe


Mercedes-Benz Typ 300 SL (W 198 I, 1954 bis 1957).

1954→1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL stands as one of most memorable coupes of the fifties. The gullwing doors not only distinguished it, but they are a clever solution to hide the cars unique space frame chassis. It’s also the most recognizable Mercedes and every seriously collection usually has one.

Noted restorer Paul Russel describes the car: ”Not only is the 300SL Gullwing legendary today, it was also very special when it was new. Consider the car in the perspective of its time, in light of its contemporaries in 1954. The 300SL coupe had dry-sump lubrication, direct fuel injection, a tubular spaceframe chassis, independent suspension, impeccable build quality, a very comfortable interior, and, of course, a beautiful and dynamic design, which clearly has stood the test of time.”

The Gullwing Coupe, aslo known as the W194, was the first true sports-car to be developed by Daimler-Benz after the war. It was introduced in 1952 as a lightweight race car to compete in Mille Milia. In September 1953 the road-going development of 300SL began. It was presented in February of 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York, based on the racing-car of the 1952 season.

The car utilized an inline-6 from the 300S saloon, with that model’s transmission & suspension setups. Unlike the 300S, the engine was positioned at an angle to yeild a low front nose. To aid with engine compartment cooling, two large outlets were added to keep the air flowing outwards.

The streamlined body concealed several other novelties. For the first time fuel injection was used in a road-car car by Mercedes-Benz. An increase of of 40 HP was realized compared to the the carburetor racing version.

The first batch of SL’s suffered from their drum brakes and swing axle setups. Although these were revised on later editions. For some clients a lightweight version was prepared with an aluminum body and aluminum castings, but these were seldom raced. Instead, Mercedes prepared the 300 SLR, which used a much lower and chassis similar to the W196.

In Detail

tagsgullwing, 300sl
submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1954 – 1957
built atGermany
production1400
price $$ 7,463
engineWater Cooled, Inline-6
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainSOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
displacement2996 cc / 182.8 in³
bore85.0 mm / 3.35 in
stroke88.0 mm / 3.46 in
compression8.55:1
power179.0 kw / 240.0 bhp @ 6100 rpm
specific output80.11 bhp per litre
bhp/weight185.61 bhp per tonne
torque294.2 nm / 217.0 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm
body / frameSheet Steel Body over Steel Space Frame
driven wheelsRWD
front tires6.5/6.7 x 15 Continental Cross-Ply
rear tires6.5/6.7 x 15 Continental Cross-Ply
front brakesFinned Drums w/ Vacuum Assist
rear brakesFinned Drums w/ Vacuum Assist
front wheelsF 38.1 x 12.7 cm / 15.0 x 5.0 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 12.7 cm / 15.0 x 5.0 in
steeringRecirculating Ball
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs over Telescopic Dampers
r suspensionHalf Axles w/Coil Springs over Telescopic Dampers
curb weight1293 kg / 2851 lbs
wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track1384 mm / 54.5 in
rear track1435 mm / 56.5 in
length4217 mm / 166.0 in
width1778 mm / 70.0 in
height1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.34:1, 1.97:1, 1.39:1, 1.00:1
final drive3.64:1
top speed~235.0 kph / 146.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~8.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph~19.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~16.0 seconds

Auction Sales History

1110162-1024

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe 5500053 – did not sell for $1,100,000 Correct Chassis, Engine And Body As Per Build Sheet. Forty Years Of Single Ownership. Carefully Maintained By Paul Russell & Company. Outstanding Mechanical Condition. Full, Original Belly Pans. Largely Preserved, But With An Exterior Color Change To A Correct M-B Color. Bosch Direct, Mechanical Fuel Injection, 250 Hp. Listed In The Gullwing Register, 1978, Page 71. Retains Its Original Factory Rudge Wheels.
Auction Source: ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC by Keno Brothers

1109306-1024

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe 198.040.4500105 – sold for $1,166,000 105th Gullwing produced finished as it appears today in Silver Grey Metallic (DB180) over a Red Leather interior from the factory. Never taken apart for restoration. Remains in very original condition and is believed to have covered less than 34,000 miles since new. The rich red leather interior appears to be the original installed from new, and features a lovely, inimitable patina.
Auction Source: 2015 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonh
1106151-1024
Dunkelgrau 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 198.040.5500243 – sold for $1,595,000 Restoration by Hjeltness Restoration in Escondido, California with a rebuilt drivetrain by Van Nuys Sports Cars. Includes Both Tartan and Leather Seat Cushions. Chassis, Engine, and Body Numbers Correspond to Factory Build Record. An Incredibly Striking and Beautifully Presented Gullwing.
Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company
1106033-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500628 – sold for $1,650,000 Purchased New by Big Band Leader and Famed Mercedes-Benz Enthusiast Don Ricardo. Chassis, Engine, and Body Numbers Correspond to Factory Documents. Numerous Period Modifications Are Fully Intact. Retains Factory-Installed Rudge Wheels and Black Karl Baisch Fitted Luggage. A Famous and Revered Gullwing Among Mercedes-Benz Devotees.
Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company
1102552-1024
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster 198.042.10.002439 – sold for $1,842,500 A matching-numbers example. Exquisitely restored by 300 SL specialist Mark Allin. Best in Class at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Formerly owned by Wiley Ballard and Steven Adler. One of the finest restored examples available.
Auction Source: Paul & Chris Andrews Collection by RM Sotheby’s
1102505-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupé 198.040-55-00049

This magnificent, matching-numbers Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing was completed on 27th January 1955 and shipped immediately to Mercedes-Benz Distributors Inc in San Francisco, California, USA. The car stayed in the United States for most of its life and had several owners in California including James S Long and Jan Henner Matthias. In 2003 the Mercedes was exported to Europe where it formed part of the collection belonging to the well-known collector Mr Pierre Mellinger. According to Anthony Pritchard’s definitive work on the model, ‘Gullwing, The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé’, this car formed part of a Swedish collection at some time. More recently it was owned by a collector from Monaco. The current owner bought the car in 2012.

Auction Source: The Mercedes-Benz Sale 2015 by Bonhams
1098882-1024

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe 198.040.5500545 – sold for $1,375,000 UK delivery Gullwing owned when new by the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Professionally restored by Scott Grundfor Company and serviced by Rene Lutheraan. Matching numbers example finished in its factory delivered livery. Beautiful example of Mercedes-Benz’s legendary 300SL Gullwing.Offered with MB Classic Zertifikat, copies of build sheets, books, tools and belly pans.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auction 2015 by Bonhams

1098173-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500594 – sold for $1,485,000 Bare-metal repaint in 2013 by Pollock Automotive Restoration. Equipped with highly desirable Rudge wheels and belly pans. Both leather and plaid cloth interiors are included, along with fitted luggage. A beautiful matching-numbers Gullwing.
Auction Source: Arizona 2015 by RM Auctions

1094159-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 5500354

Factory build sheet. The car left the factory with Rudge wheels. Matching Red luggage. Restored in Silver with Red interior. Current owner drove on the Colorado Grand in 2011. Previous owner and his wife drove car from Vancouver to the arctic circle in Alaska over 2,600 miles. Earliest known owner was a famous hydroplane racer from Washington state. 2996cc engine. Bosch fuel injection. 4-speed transmission. Radio and dash clock. VDO gauges. Spare tire and lug wrench.

Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions
1093552-1024

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster 198.042.10.002623 – sold for $1,375,000 Long-term Midwestern enthusiast ownership. Freshly restored, with numerous desirable options. Matching-numbers engine; believed only 17,000 original miles.
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions

1093531-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500368 – sold for $2,530,000 An exceptional “driver’s Gullwing”. Factory Rudge wheels, belly pans, and Becker Mexico radio. Complete original tool set, books, and jack. Always faithfully maintained and never restored.
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
1080895-1024
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.6500052 – sold for $1,292,500 The 1956 Turin International Automobile Salon car. Equipped from new with Rudge wheels. A beautiful, recent restoration. Originally displayed in Silver Grey Metallic (180), with a special-order red leather interior (1079) and arguably the most desirable factory option, Rudge wheels.
Auction Source: 2014 Arizona by RM Auctions
1080789-1024
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.6500214 – sold for $1,402,500 Single Family Ownership from 1957 to 2006. Fully Restored to Concours Condition. Stunning Color Combination. Comprehensively Documented History. Accompanied by Fitted Luggage and Belly Pans. An Exquisitely Presented Gullwing to Show or Drive.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company

1080731-1024
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.6500299 – sold for $1,897,500 A Magnificent Unrestored Gullwing. Exceptional Factory Color Combination. Delivered to Los Angeles and Last Road Registered in 1983. Single-Family Ownership for Almost 50 Years. Genuine Example with Original Engine, Chassis, and Body. Marvelous Character and Patina. Never Restored, Shown, or Offered for Public Sale.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company

1077312-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500695

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500695. Special-ordered by Mr. Brown, the car is one of 19 ordered in this striking shade, Light Green Metallic, and it was likely one of still fewer with full red leather upholstery. In more recent care, it was professionally refinished in the original Light Green Metallic, and new red leather upholstery, in the original pattern and grain as in 1955, was installed. Comforts and conveniences within include a radio, a full set of factory-style fitted luggage, and a tool kit.

Auction Source: RM’s Art of the Automobile

1072980-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe 198.040.5500183 – sold for $1,100,000 One of 12 Gullwings delivered in Strawberry Red Metallic. Matching numbers example. Expertly restored by Rudi Koniczek. Originally delivered to European royalty. Multiple-time California Mille finisher.
Auction Source: 2013 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams
1072711-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 198.040.5500693 – sold for $1,265,000 From a private Southern California collection. Three documented enthusiast owners from new. Under 18,000 actual miles. Painted by Junior’s House of Color. Perfectly detailed, correct, and immaculate.
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 198.040.5500547 – sold for $1,485,000 Amazing originality, including paint and upholstery. Retrofitted with “sport” camshaft and desirable Rudge wheels. Original books, manuals, and promotional materials; includes fitted luggage. Long-term ownership from 1957 to 2010. Potential Preservation class winner.
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions
1072403-1024

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500428 – sold for $1,705,000 Factory-Delivered Rudge Wheel Gullwing. One Southern California Owner from 1966 to 2010. Participant in Countless Gull Wing Group Events. Consistently Maintained by Jerry Hjeltness and Paul Russell and Company. Matching-Numbers Chassis, Engine, and Body. Presented in Ideal Color Combination. Equipped with Nardi Steering Wheel and Fitted Luggage. Complete with Belly Pans, Books, Tool Kit , and Extensive Records.
Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction

1062513-1024

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 198.040.5500674 – did not sell for $910,000 “The Warmolts Gullwing,” with single family ownership since new. Fully restored by marque specialist Don Witherspoon. Equipped with reversible modern comfort upgrades.
Auction Source: 2013 Amelia Island by Rm Auctions
1057790-1024
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 198.040.5500637 – sold for $847,000 A 1955 example with a “curved star” grille. Includes fitted luggage and a factory belly pan. Refinished in red with a black leather interior. Iconic, matching-numbers Gullwing.
Auction Source: 2013 Arizona Auction by RM

1047808
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe 198.040.4500080 – sold for $1,171,500 Immaculate concours restoration by Gullwing expert Rudi Koniczek. Four owners from new. Outstanding color combination. Mercedes’ most revered postwar sports car.
Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions

1042066
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500654 – sold for $1,127,500 Award-Winning Restoration by Jerry Hjeltness. Elegant, Correct Color Combination. Fastidiously Maintained both Cosmetically and Mechanically. Presented with Fitted Luggage, Manuals, Tool Kit and Bellypans. An Outstanding Gullwing Inside and Out.
Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company

1041551
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500663 – sold for $638,000 Matching-Numbers Example. Outstanding Color Combination. Professional, Sympathetic 1990s Restoration. Regularly Maintained. Presented with Manuals and Factory Tools.
Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1039617

1955 MERCEDES BENZ 300 SL GULLWING 198.040.5500049

This splendid Mercedes 300 SL was delivered new on 31 January 1955 to San Francisco, in a white-grey “Weissgrau”, reference DB 158, with blue fabric upholstery. According to the expert’s report included in the file, the car has known several owners : James S. Long, from Redendo Beach, in California, then Jan Henner Matthias, from Marina del Rey, also under the Californian sun. It was then exported to England, and in 2003 became the property of renowned collector M. Pierre Mellinger, before passing into the hands of its current owner from Monaco via a British intermediary company. During its stay in England, the car was treated to a thorough restoration, when the interior and the paintwork was re-done, leaving the car in impeccable condition. The current owner has had the car serviced by Mercedes to pass the MOT in Monaco. We note that it is equipped with the original engine, and that a compression check has been carried out.
Now in metallic grey with immaculate blue leather upholstery, this Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing is presented in pristine condition and runs smoothly. Here is an opportunity to acquire a design classic and a legend from the history of the automobile which has a place in the finest collections.

Auction Source: 2012 Sport & GTs au Mans Classic by Artcurial

1027559

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.6500044 – sold for $715,000 Factory-Delivered with Rudge Wheels. Matching-Numbers Example. One Owner for the Past 43 Years. Complete with Belly Pans, Books and Tools. Verified by Mercedes-Benz Factory Build Sheets. A Well-Kept Example of the Classic Gullwing.
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company

1023894
1954 Mercedes-Benzs 300 SL Gullwing 4500129

4,149 Original Miles. This exceptional example is one of only 146 that were built in 1954. This car was originally purchased by the late Willet H. Brown/Hillcrest Motors Collection, at Hollywood Mercedes. With only 4,149 original miles this Gullwing is one of the lowest mileage Gullwing’s in existence. It comes with original tools, manual, service book and registration card from 1962-1965. Having been repainted once, in its original color, everything else on the car is all original. Also included in the sale are the original wheels, tires and hubcaps.

Auction Source: 2012 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
1009556

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

he exquisite, highly original Cream on Blue 1961 roadster offered here, chassis number 10.002719, was purchased new by an American who took delivery of the car at the factory in Stuttgart, Germany. Not long after, the owner returned the car to the factory to have its original cast iron engine block replaced with the new, lightweight alloy unit introduced by Mercedes Benz in March 1962. Disc brakes were also added at that time. Today showing just 33,561 original kilometers, this very rare European-specification example remains mostly unrestored and in extraordinarily original condition, as initially equipped with a Black soft top and very rare factory custom-fitted luggage.

Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum
1008500

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe – sold for $803,000 Just two California-based owners from new; one of only 1,400 built. Includes original Rudge wheels, belly pans, fitted luggage, “sport” camshaft and more. Comprehensively restored and recently detailed by Kevin Kay Restorations. An iconic design statement with performance that remains thrilling today.
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM

1008289
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe – sold for $836,000 Iconic Gullwing Coupe sold new in Toronto; one owner until 2006. Ground-up restoration by RM Auto Restoration. Black with red leather interior. Today the Mercedes-Benz remains outstanding, beautifully maintained and fastidiously cared for with about 56,145 miles indicated.
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM

1001751
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe

Finished in Medium Red, it was delivered new with the extremely desirable Rudge wheels, as confirmed by its listing in the Register of “Special Order.” Known owners in the same Register are Chester Flynn, Charles Kriesler (New York), Trent Lowney (San Francisco, California), Chris Borden (Palm Springs, California) and Michael Rogerson (Encino, California). According to Borden, the original engine was replaced by a factory spare unit. In fact, it was also reported that Dr. Werner Vogler raced the car in Hamburg, Germany, who it is believed was the prominent German Mercedes dealer who first opened his doors in 1927 and whose dealership network is now celebrating over 80 years of business.

Auction Source: 2011 St. John’s Auction by RM

987070
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe 5500088

In 2008, noted restorer and marque specialist Jerry Hjeltness of Escondido, California performed a complete service on the car, including lubrication and replacing all fluids. Finally, in October 2008, the Mercedes Classic Center in Irvine, California performed a thorough detailing of the car, including the engine compartment, interior and exterior finish. This work included repainting chips in the paint caused by normal driving and wet-sanding the finish to remove micro-abrasion. In January 2009, the current owner acquired the Gullwing, and it has since been featured in the forthcoming film Father of Invention, starring Kevin Spacey.

Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by RM Auctions

986528

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 5500303 – sold for $484,000 From the Estate of Ron VanKregten. Originally Delivered to the US. Desirable Factory Color Combination of Silver over Blue Plaid. Documented Matching-Numbers Example. Part of the VanKregten Collection for Over 40 Years. Fresh from Decades in Storage. A Superb Candidate for a High-Point Restoration
Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company

983096

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – sold

The 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing pictured here in black is an outstanding, matching numbers example with four owners from new. Originally delivered to Dr. Denton S. Coe of New York, he enjoyed this thoroughbred until 1970, when it was sold to John Church, of Norwalk, Connecticut. In 1971, Church sold the car to restaurateur and opera singer Neil Zarerelli, of North Carolina, who retained ownership of the car for the next 35 years. Driven sparingly and garage kept, the 300SL was entrusted to Automotive International, of Charlotte, North Carolina in 2001, for a complete but sympathetic restoration, totaling over $75,000 in expenses. Over the next four years, the car was also given a complete mechanical rebuild, which included restoration of the engine and gearbox, along with the brake and fuel systems. In 2005, the decision was made to repaint the car in its original black finish.

Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours

979598
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 6500037

Throughout four and a half decades in illustrator and car enthusiast Syd Mead’s care, various cosmetic and mechanical aspects were addressed; however, the well-built Mercedes- Benz never warranted a complete, ground-up restoration. Even today, it is best described as a carefully maintained example that has been extremely well-kept and refurbished to a consistently high standard. It has always been treated with appreciation, driven with vigor and kept in fine tune. Thanks to decades of fastidious care, it remains in outstanding overall condition. The restoration was completed by 1969, the quality of which was fully endorsed when the car was shown in concours that year and the next, winning the highest accolades wherever it was displayed.

Auction Source: 2011 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company

979380
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe 1980405500601

The car has benefited from a comprehensive, professional restoration conducted to the highest standards. Since its acquisition by its current owner, it has remained in climate-controlled storage, properly maintained and cared for, although rarely, if ever, seeing road use. The graphite grey paint and brightwork appear to be outstanding and indicative of professional workmanship. The interior is likewise pristine and as-new, upholstered in red leather. The odometer shows less than 29,000 kilometers. The engine bay is commensurate with the balance of the car – show quality through and through. Notable features on this spectacular 300SL include a highly desirable set of Rudge wheels and a matching set of fitted luggage.

Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions

966295

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé

This handsome 1955 300SL was originally finished in Silver Gray metallic with a red leather interior, precisely the way it is presented today. It has been carefully prepared for vintage rallies and in fact has been raced multiple times in the Mille Miglia. Devoid of front and rear bumpers (which are included with the car) and fitted with very expensive Rudge wheels, it has a very sporting appearance reminiscent of the Gullwings raced in all the great endurance races in the 1950s. One silencer was removed from the exhaust, rendering the car with a knee-weakening exhaust note.

Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions
955747

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe

This handsome 300SL, sporting red paint with tan leather interior, has been regularly used in driving events and is fully sorted mechanically. The odometer reads just 77,000 miles, which are believed to be original. Factory original fitted luggage is also included, and the color matches the interior perfectly, further providing evidence that the interior (which has a lovely patina) is most likely original. Inside, you’ll find a Becker Le Mans radio and, in the trunk, the original jack and a complete tool roll (reproduction). All exterior body panels are straight and true, and the undercarriage is equipped with belly pans. This is an exceedingly nice driver quality 300SL that would be welcome at competition and driving events wherever its owner might choose to participate.

Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey

954853
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 5500533

The coupe retains its original engine which was rebuilt during the body-on restoration, as were the balance of the major systems. The car recently received a comprehensive mechanical inspection and was adjusted, updated and renewed as necessary – a service totaling nearly $26,000. A recent test drive showed the car to be tight and responsive, with the acceleration and solid road manners one would expect from a well-restored 300 SL.

Auction Source: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

954825
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 5500695

When this Gullwing left Stuttgart, Germany, in 1955, it was finished in the very rare DB 274 light green metallic and trimmed with a red leather interior, a color combination that today is highly prized among 300 SL enthusiasts. Only about 20 Gullwings are listed as having been ordered in this color, less than 2% of the total production of 1,400.

Auction Source: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

945928

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe 4500032

The 300 SL offered here was delivered new to Zurich, Switzerland, finished in red over silver as only the 32nd of its type built in the first year of production. The original engine was rebuilt by the factory in the 1970s and updated with a newer oil system. The car was later acquired by Mr. Steve Levy of Riverwoods, Illinois, who owned the car from 1987 to 1988. During his ownership, he had the car stripped to bare metal and repainted to its original “db180” silver by restorer Skip McCabe, while Dave Twitchell serviced the fuel injection system. A complete show-quality restoration was completed in the late 1980s, after which the car was reportedly entered in several shows where it was a multiple award-winner.

Auction Source: 2010 Vintage Cars of Meadow Book by RM Auctions

944028

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe

The 300SL Coupé offered here is a unique example indeed. It was purchased new from Stark Sports Cars by Mr. Robert Orr of Akron, Ohio and remained in his ownership until 2005, at which point it was donated to Ohio’s Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. A collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Museum presents the history of land and air transportation, showcasing historically and technically important cars, aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles and even spacecraft, and in particular their connection to the culture and history of Northeast Ohio. This car was particularly special as it had remained in Akron with Mr. Orr from new!

Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey

944024
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe

The 300SL Coupé presented here is confirmed by the Mercedes Classic Center to be a matching numbers example that retains its original engine. It was purchased from the original owner in 1965 by one Mr. Robert A. Bailey of New Jersey. In fact, until recently, the car never left the East Coast and received an extensive two-year restoration in 1989 at great cost to Mr. Bailey. Upon completion in 1991, the car simply remained covered and garaged, never so much as seeing an oil change or the slightest bit of road use

Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey

927214
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 5500698

The Gullwing presented here today is a fine example of a slightly older restoration; it presents well with red leather contrasting with the silver paintwork and is reported to be running well. Described by the vendor as good in every respect, it also has its original belly pans fitted. Supplied with history detailing its time spent in the United States of America, its sale and repatriation back to Europe; it also comes with a UK MoT test certificate and tax disc. The wheels are of a standard steel configuration and, overall, it represents a rare opportunity to acquire a very usable Gullwing with an extremely accessible reserve.

Auction Source: Coy’s 2010 Legende et Passion Auction
855277

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe 5500503

According to the vendor, the award-winning Gullwing was subsequently shipped to Switzerland where it became part of a highly respected automotive collection and museum and never saw any road use for 15 years. The car was finally acquired by the owner’s family twelve years ago and shipped to London, remaining in their collection ever since. It has since been stripped down, repainted and brought back to concours-quality condition, as per factory specifications, finished in white with a red leather interior. The engine was rebuilt, the underside was fully detailed and, as supported by MOT certificates, the car has accumulated only about 1,000 miles in the last 10 or 12 years. In fact, the car has been driven less than 3,000 miles in the last three decades. Presented in show quality condition, it is also accompanied by belly pans and has been properly cared for and maintained in the owner’s respected colle

Auction Source: 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island RM Auction

434043

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe 6500287

While in the present owner’s care this 300SL has been maintained by Paul Russell & Company of Essex, Massachusetts and comes with detailed invoices relating to work undertaken during 1999/2000 (far too extensive to list fully here but including a comprehensive brake system overhaul, wheel refurbishment and new exhaust system) totaling some $33,000. ‘6500287’ benefits from an air conditioning system, discreetly concealed, allowing for comfortable, warm weathered touring or rallying. This well maintained 300SL is offered complete with owner’s manual, two-piece luggage set, assorted correspondence and copy Gullwing Register entry.

Auction Source: 2006 Monterey Preview