1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster VIN: 198.042.10002637
In 1961, only two years after becoming the 49th state, Alaska took delivery of its first and only 300 SL. This roadster must have been an exotic sight sitting on the show room floor of Anchorage Studebaker, Packard, Mercedes-Benz. The lucky man who drove away with the rare treasure was Dr. William Sedwick. For the next 42 years the car would make a welcome traveling companion through the Alaska countryside for Dr. Sedwick and his wife, driving the 65 miles from Anchorage to their vacation home on Nancy Lake.
In 2003, after only 45,000 miles, the car moved on to a new owner, Gordon Apker of Seattle, Washington. Mr. Apker enjoyed the 300 SL for one year before deciding to press forward with a complete concourse restoration. That daunting task fell on the renowned 300 SL restorer Rudi Koniczek of Victoria, British Columbia.
Over the next 3 years Rudy & Company completed a meticulous nut-and-bolt restoration. During that time the decision was made that the bare metal refurbishment would be finished in Weissgau (white-grey) with a complementing darker shade on the rare factory hardtop. Completing the look are the dark green leathe
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