One of the first Roadsters produced, this lovely matching numbers example has just benefited from a money no object engine and fuel injection rebuild by leading 300SL specialists. The car drives extremely well and has an (uwnwarranted) 49,000 kilometres recorded. Immaculately presented in its original factory colour scheme of Fire Engine Red with black leather interior, and fitted with optional extra chrome wheels, fitted luggage, upgraded clutch and disc brakes. A stunning example of a fast appreciating and iconic car.
• Year: 1957
• Last update: 1 day old
• Mileage: 30000 mi
This 1956 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is an absolutely stunning factory Rudge-Wheel example. Finished in it's original color combination, silver over red leather interior. Mechanically superb and complete with matching fitted luggage. An overall outstanding Gullwing for only $1,675,000.
• Year: 1956
• Last update: 7 days old
To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RMs Amelia Island event, March 14, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Amelia. Estimate:$1,100,000 - $1,300,000 215 bhp (DIN), 240 hp (SAE), 2,996 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension and coil-spring single-point swing axle rear suspension, and servo-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.Offered proudly by its owner of 35 yearsReportedly only three owners from newRetains its original matching-numbers engine Equipped with both hardtop and soft-topsA wonderful enthusiast-owned RoadsterWhile the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe was exiting stage left in 1957, its successor, the 300 SL Roadster, was debuting at that years Geneva Salon. The conversion of the 300 SL to an open car meant redesigning the chassis, which was strengthened significantly to compensate for the loss of the roof structure. The headlamps were changed, the grille was smaller, and a chrome molding was added below the doors. The famed racing-derived twin-cam six-cylinder engine produced some 215 brake horsepower, and the revised rear suspension now boasted a compensating spring, which was added to reduce the oversteering tendencies of the Gullwings single-jointed swing axle arrangement.Enthusiasts who may have worried about the 300 SL going soft had absolutely nothing to concern themselves about. The Roadster remained among the fastest automobiles on the road, as it was capable of 133155 mph, depending on the final drive ratio specified. Production of the Roadster continued until early 1963, and with 1,858 built, it proved even more popular than its gullwinged predecessor, yet it still remained exclusive enough amongst the well-to-do. Like the earlier Coupe, it was, in its day, the car in which to see and be seen, and it was favored by celebrities, racing drivers, and just about anyone who appreciated fine machinery and who also had the bank account to acquire it.Today, the 300 SL Roadster still carries with it an indelible aura of speed, power, and sophisticated style. It is fast enough for the sports car lover yet comfortable enough for those who demand luxury, and it has remained for nearly 60 years as one of the most desirable automobiles in the world.A SOUTHERN ROADSTERThe car offered here, chassis number 198.042.10.002753, was purchased by its original owner from a gentleman in New Orleans in 1981; he recalls being told that the seller was the second owner. At that time, the car was finished in black, with the present black steering wheel and a black hardtop.The owner proceeded to have the car refinished in its present color, Fire Engine Red (DB 534), with the hardtop refinished to match and a correct replacement black leather interior installed at the same time. The engine was also rebuilt by the Gullwing Service Company, of Essex, Massachusetts, the highly regarded predecessor to todays famed Paul Russell & Company, and they also installed a stainless steel exhaust system. He notes that the car is presently equipped with the standard 3.89:1 gear set.Today, the consignor notes that while the car had 43,000 miles on its odometer when purchased, he has since added 20,000 more, through use around town and occasionally on a long-distance tour to a Gull Wing Group Convention. Its last extended trip was to Virginia several years ago. The owner notes that while the car has largely remained in storage for the past two years, as other priorities have taken over, he has regularly changed the oil and driven it about 50 miles on the weekends, just to keep everything working as it should. Prior to sale, the owner and Automotive International of Charlotte have been sorting the car for the road, and it is expected to drive and operate well at the time of the auction. It wears standard steel wheels that are wrapped in whitewall Michelin tires that have been installed 5,000 miles ago, and it is equipped with a later Becker radio, which still plays.This charming enthusiasts Roadster, which has been used and enjoyed by a Gull Wing Group member for 35 proud years, would be a wonderful automobile for continued use in GWG activities and local touring, or it would be perfect for simply taking the family out to dinner, be it for oysters in New Orleans or barbecue in Charlotte!
• Last update: about 11 hours old
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing s/n 198.0405500184, engine no. 198.9805500205 Silver Gray Metallic with Blue Plaid Interior The 300SL was one of the most exotic cars available when it was new. Directly descended from racing cars, and chock full of innovative features, they were fast, beautiful, and expensive. Arguably the first 'supercar' ever (others claim that honor should be bestowed upon the Lamborghini Miura), the 300SL has also been described as the McLaren F1 of its day. Thanks to Mercedes' development work during World War II in aircraft engines, the300SL became the first production car with fuel injection, and the light but strong spaceframe necessitated the now legendary and often copied upwards opening doors. The result was a stunningly beautiful but also functional car that was, depending on gearing, the fastest production car in the world. Surrounded by separate frame carbureted contemporaries, the SL was truly a glimpse of the future and remains today a very special car indeed. Its appeal is timeless and consequently, 300SLs have remained blue-chip collector cars that are always in demand and perhaps even culturally embedded as one of the most iconic and greatest ca
• Year: 1955
• Last update: 10 days old
• Mileage: 87760 mi
This 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is one of just 218 produced with disc brakes and an alloy engine block. It wears it's striking original color combination, white with beautifully preserved red interior. It's been under single family ownership for the last 30 years and is a European spec example with just 80K kilometers. It also comes with it's factory black hardtop as well as it's owner's manual and jack. For just $1,650,000.
• Year: 1962
• Last update: 16 days old
1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster, S/N 198 042 10 003010, Engine No. 198 980 10 003039, Silver metallic with red, blue convertible top, 3.0 litre in-line 6 cylinder engine, 4 speed gear box, factory disc brakes, European headlights, factory hard top, fitted luggage, original tool roll, jack and owner’s manuals, Rudi & Company restoration completed 2010, matching numbers throughout.
• Year: 1962
• Last update: 20 days old
• Mileage: 1695 mi
We're proud to offer this beautiful 1999 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Recreation by Tony Ostermeier. Silver with striking red interior and only 19k miles showing. Tony Ostermeier is known for providing the best Gullwing experience for a fraction of the cost of an original. This car is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 3.0 liter 6 Cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission. It also comes with reproduction luggage and tool kit. It comes with air conditioning, power steering, chrome wheels, and removable side windows. It drives excellent and is extremely smooth and quiet. The chrome is superb and the car has excellent panel fit and gaps. Don't miss this rare opportunity to own a gorgeous 300SL Gullwing for only $289,500
• Year: 1999
• Last update: 21 days old
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Time Capsule This 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is a marvelous time capsule that spent over 50 years under single family ownership. It's an un-restored example with a beautifully preserved original interior. The car also runs and drives very well. It comes with it's original Books, Becker Mexico radio, belly pans, jack, and a very impressive history file. The contents of the file include an original 300SL sales leaflet, ownership documents, period photos, and shipping and importation records from 1957 when it was imported to the US from Germany. It was originally finished in Silver Grey Metallic with Blue Leather and Plaid Upholstery. This charming 300SL would be any collectors dream to own. Price: $1,350,000
• Year: 1956
• Last update: 21 days old
1957 Mercedes 300SL roadster. Red with black leather interior. Originally born with very desirable color Blue Grey and black leather. It's been a California car all it's life. Mechanically excellent . For only $1,095,000
• Year: 1957
• Last update: 21 days old
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster s/n 198.042.7500568 Fire Engine Red with Tan Leather Interior The 300SL was one of the most exotic cars available when it was new. Directly descended from racing cars, and chock full of innovative features, they were fast, beautiful, and expensive. Arguably the first 'supercar' ever (others claim that honor should be bestowed upon the Lamborghini Miura), the 300SL has been described as the McLaren F1 of its day. Thanks to Mercedes' development work during World War II in aircraft engines, the300SL became the first production car to feature fuel injection (directly injected into the cylinders no less), and the light but strong spaceframe necessitated the now legendary and often copied upwards opening doors on the closed variant of the car. The result was a stunningly beautiful but also functional car that was, depending on gearing, the fastest production car in the world. Surrounded by separate frame carbureted contemporaries, the SL was truly a glimpse of the future and remains today a very special car indeed. Its appeal is timeless and consequently, 300SLs have remained 'blue-chip' collector cars that are always in demand and perhaps even cultural
• Year: 1957
• Last update: about 1 month old
• Mileage: 25388 mi
German title Engine n° 198.980.5500288 Body n° 198.040.5500261 - Original matching numbers engine - Sold new with Rudge wheels - Paul Russell restoration - Superb original upholstery - Legendary model Tubular chassis, six-cylinder engine with direct injection, dry sump, finned Alfin brakes, independent suspension and streamlined body, the Mercedes 300 SL was shaped by the race track. The top engineers at Mercedes had worked on its structure and, a marvellous discovery, the " butterfly " wings that gave the car its name were not just for show - they were the result of the chassis construction, which ran high up the sides to maximise its strength. What started as a constraint became one of the features that made this car an icon. This was well deserved and the fans weren't let down. After it was unveiled in 1954 at the New York Motor Show, the names of buyers of the new Mercedes read like a veritable " Who's Who " of celebrities of the day: Pablo Picasso, the Shah of Iran, Prince Ali Khan, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis, King Hussein of Jordan... without even mentioning motoring enthusiasts such as Luigi Chinetti and Briggs Cunnigham. In 1956, a 300 SL would set you back 5.4 million francs, against 1.6 million francs for a Porsche 356 1600 Super. As for performance, the 300 SL totally dominated the road. It was rare, at that time, to find a car that could exceed 230 km/h safely and could cover 0 to 100km/h in under 9 seconds. The magazine 'Autosport' wrote : " The appearance of the 300 SL is fabulous and its performance is almost incredible. " This was one example amongst many rave reviews that accompanied the arrival of the 300 SL on the roads of Europe and America. The Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing in the sale left the factory on 30 April 1955, originally red (DB534) with black leather interior. It spent the first part of its life in the United States, passing from the ownership of John Harkness to Donald Koleman, both from Massachusetts, before returning to Europe and into the Mannheimer Collection in Zurich. During the 1990s it joined the collection of a Mr Ebel, in Germany, and following his death, it was sold to the current owner some twelve years ago. During its stay in the US, it benefitted from a thorough restoration towards the end of the 1970s in Paul Russell's workshop. It must be remembered that these people are amongst the best in their field, and Russell is a knowledgeable and talented enthusiast, who goes to great lengths to ensure that cars leaving his workshop not only look stunning and conform to the original but are also in perfect driving condition. Furthermore, the quality of this restoration is evident from how well it has resisted the passing of time. Today, the car is still superb and the metallic grey tint suits the car perfectly. It retains its original black leather upholstery (code 953) that is particularly well preserved, with a patina that prevents it from looking too new, which some restorations can suffer from. Mechanically, the car is original, with the original engine (matching numbers) as well as the desirable Rudge centre-lock wheels that came with the car when new. Visibly well preserved and meticulously maintained, complete with its original engine, this 300 SL is certainly one of the most attractive examples on the market today.
• Last update: about 1 month old
French title Engine n° 1989805500777 (Mercedes-Benz standard engine exchange) - Sold new in France, has spent all its life in France - Restored by Mercedes-Benz in 1983 - Same owner for 36 years On 6 February 1954 Max Hoffman unveiled the pre-production 190 SL and 300 SL at the New York International Auto Show. These prototypes were to differ only slightly from the cars that followed. For the first time on a series-produced car, the engine - canted to the left as on race cars - had a direct injection system into the combustion chambers. The multitubular chassis was state-of-the-art and the drum brakes with cooling-fan were the same as those on the firm's racing cars. Some 29 vehicles, made entirely from aluminium, were constructed for speed-loving clients in 1955 and delivered with a 240 hp engine. These cars performed with distinction in a series of races in both 1955 (4th in the Mille Miglia, 1st in the Swedish Rally, 1st in the Tulpenrallye, 1st in Liège-Rome-Liège) and 1956 (Rallye du Mont Ventoux, Liège-Rome-Liège, 2nd in Monte Carlo Rally). In 1956 a 300 SL driven by Stirling Moss and Georges Houel finished 2nd in the prestigious Tour de France Automobile. The 300 SL was the ideal sports car - perfect for owners who wanted to race on Sundays and go shopping during the week (those were the days!). Some 1400 Gullwing coupés were built in four years but, with demand dipping in the final year, a Roadster version was introduced at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show to boost sales. This car was 2 inches longer; the engine was equipped with the best available camshaft (only an option on the Coupé); and, above all, the rear axle was vastly improved. The chassis, naturally, was modified and reinforced. Our Roadster 300 SL left the production lines on 16 October 1957. Royal Elysées of Paris promptly delivered it to its first owner: Georges Baud, head of Parfums Carven. It was registered two weeks later, on October 30, with the number-plate 3 GL 75. Baud kept the car for over a decade, until 1968; its new owner was also from Paris, and retained the same number-plates. On 26 December 1973 the car was bought by Gérard Lasserre du Rozel, a tradesman from Le Guilvinec in Brittany, and given the registration number 8719 QY 29. On 17 February 1979 it was sold to its current owner, a company director (now in his eighties), for FF50,000. The French title was made out in his name on 22 February 1979 at Celles-sur-Belle near Niort, with the registration number 3379 QK 79. The car was then in its original navy blue paintwork, black leather upholstery and hardtop. Its carte grise was replaced in 1995 to allow a change of number-plate to 300 SL 79. The sign of a true purist! The owner chose this model in honour of the 300 SL Roadster his father had bought new from Royal Elysées in 1958, bearing the chassis number #1980428500296 and the number-plate 777 CU 79. It is amusing to note that Juan Manuel Fangio took possession of his own 300 SL Gullwing the very same day. After exchanging a few words with the legendary racing-driver, the current owner's father set off for Niort at the wheel of his new Roadster (coloured white, with black leather interior and hardtop). Much to the regret of his son, he sold it a few years later. His son vowed that he would one day find another and, on 17 February 1979, came across the car we are offering for auction. He snapped it up immediately and rushed back to his father - who was delighted to go for a spin and visit old friends! In 1983 the car was sent to Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart for a thorough overhaul. The owner had the original blue livery changed to white, to make the Roadster more like his father's. The engine and gear-box were subject to a standard factory exchange (attested by certficate). Given the car's superb condition, we can but admire the excellent quality of the factory restoration, completed on 2 June 1983. The paintwork, bar a few tiny cracks, has not aged in the slightest. There are no signs of corrosion: the car has been meticulously maintained by the former head mechanic of the Mercedes Garage in Niort, who became a family friend. The black leather interior looks as good as new. As for the engine: the lengthy test-drive I carried out (hood down) on 24 December 2014 was exhilarating: the engine has powerful acceleration and the car handles beautifully, despite a slight looseness in the steering (easily fixed). Whether at low speed or 100mph, the car is wonderfully supple. This is an automobile in the rudest of health, with fine suspension and precise road-holding. I would happily have driven it all the way to Paris, however cold the weather! The car comes with full records (copies of former French titles, bills, exchanges with the Club, former owners, original photographs); its original repair manuals; user's manual (in French); Mercedes-Benz certificates concerning the standard engine and gear-box exchange; and, of course, its original hardtop. Few 300 SLs were sold as new in Paris and remained all their lives on French soil. Such is the case of this superb car. It has a well-charted history and has been in the same hands since 1979. It tells the moving story of a son keen to give his father the same pleasure that he had felt as a boy, when a new 300 SL purred into the family garage at the end of the 1950s. This is a marvelous opportunity to acquire a wonderful Roadster, lovingly maintained in the delightful Marais Poitevin region since 1979. Need we add that this is one of the finest convertibles from the second half of the 20th century?
• Last update: about 1 month old
Vehicle Specification Located at Our Emerson Park showroom, 107,000 Miles with a Good Service History which also Includes Main Dealer and Mercedes Specialists and a recent Major Service inc both Engine and Gear Box Oil and Filters, Spark Plugs, HT Leads, Antifreeze and Brake Fluid as part of a £4000 restoration which included cosmetic items such as Various Switches and Chrome Detailing, New Mercedes Bonnet Emblem, Connolised Leather, New Royal Blue Hood and Refurbished Alloys in a Diamond Cut Finish with New Centre Caps Other Spec Inc Rear Seating, Cruise, C/Coded Hard Top, Electric Windows, Walnut Trim and CD Player. www.imperials.co.uk ------- Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us Romford 0208 599 4662, Emerson Park 01708 449726 or Chelmsford 01245 248007 ----- For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view our Award Winning Website www.imperials.co.uk. For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Tony 07956 564440, Jim 07811 208138, or Kenny 07875 539530 and they will be happy to help. We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us
• Year: 1986
• Last update: 6 days old
• Mileage: 107000 mi
Let's face facts: 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters have skyrocked in price over the last few years, so if you're going to plunk your money down to own one, make sure it's got a pedigree like this one. This spectacular Roadster has had just two owners for 95% of it's life and has gone a mere 77,000 original miles. It has its orignal, matching numbers engine, is still in its original colors, has all of it's original books, tools, jack, spare, radio... etc. Best of all, all of these facts are supremely well documented with copious receipts going back to virtually new. Over the years, expert servicing has been performed by 300SL luminaries Jerry Hjeltness, Steve Marx and Paul Russell. It doesn't get better than that. Price is $895,000/SOLD
• Year: 1962
• Last update: 3 months old
• Mileage: 77000 mi
The car is supplied with a thick history file containing bills and receipts, and a UK V5 registration document. Often more highly regarded than Gullwing Coupe the 300 SL roadster is a true motoring Icon, styling and sophisticated and a pleasure to drive.
• Last update: 3 months old
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