A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, once raced by Stirling Moss, is the latest in a stunning line-up of cars to be offered in RM Sotheby’s New York sale
RM Sotheby’s has consigned yet another special road racer to its New York sale. This time it’s an ex-Stirling Moss works-prepared Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing racer, with competition history. It will go under the hammer on 10 December at RM’s Driven by Disruption sale, where it’s expected to make $5m-$7m.
RM sells this its latest consignment as ‘the rarest and most desirable W198 Gullwing ever presented for public auction’. This car is one of just four 300SLs prepared by Mercedes internal motorsport tuning department, the Sportabteilung, meaning it is fitted with a number of desirable options.
It was used for testing and training purposes by Mercedes, until the car was sold in 1956 to Bernard Hans Hommel. At the hands of Georges Houel, the car was entered into the Tour de France – along with his good friend Stirling Moss. Moss and the Gullwing put in some fantastic performance, narrowly missing out on the overall win from the Marquis de Portago in the Ferrari 250 GT.
The car was sold in 1966 to a Gullwing enthusiast, who enjoyed the car for just one year, before putting it into tong-term storage. When the SL passed onto the owner’s son in 2008, he decided to revive the car with a three-year ‘preservative’ restoration.
It is now offered for sale, for the fist time in over 50 years. ‘This car illustrates an important and lesser-known chapter in the Gullwing racing legend,’ commented Alain Squindo, Vice President, RM Sotheby’s. ‘Not only is it rarer than the ever desirable alloy-bodied Gullwings, but its desirability is amplified by its astonishing provenance’.
Also offered in RM Sotheb’s New York sale is an exceptionally rare Ferrari 290MM, which could sell for $30m, as well as an original Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. See the full auction listings here.
Words: Matthew Hayward