As a Mercedes Benz badge is one of the most coveted in motoring, it seems appropriate that the same company should also offer the most envied suffix in premium price sports motoring: SL. The initials were first seen in 1952 and factory literature translated the appellation into English as Sport Light , a cross-reference to the L for lightweight tubular chassis and an inline six cylinder engine developed from that of the 300S.That gullwing competitor and its 1954 production descendant eventually led to an appraisal of the commercial worth of selling a luxury sports car under the SL badge, a process which has been incredibly profitable even by Benz standards. The original gullwing series were far from rare beasts (the factory reports that a total of 1400 gullwings were built ) and the commercialization of that emotive SL badge has seen production by the thousands as routine: some 25,881 of the 190 SL were made from 1955-63 and 49,912 of its pagoda top 230/250/280 SL successor.The car to bear the 300 SL badge today is a very different animal to the competitor of 1952, and is anything but lightweight at a curbside 33.2 cwt, over 1.6 tons. There is a six cylinder, 3-litre, engine in the variant we tested. It has all the right power-producing credentials; fuel injection, DOHC, four valves per cylinder. However, it is hitched up to a 5-speed automatic with a curb weight which means a power to weight ratio inferior to any mundane hot hatchbacks. The result is the finest of touring 2 + 2s, one that pampers its owner beyond belief (but not to the peaceful travel standards of Jaguar) and yet remains fun to hustle in ungentlemanly manner. Truly the 1991 debutante 300 SL should be renamed 300 TLS, or Touring Luxury Sport, as comfortable speed is its apparent priority. This particular Mercedes is an exceptional car with low miles. She has a clean history and maintenance records. There is also a matching hard top for the car. For more information on this vehicle or any of our luxury cars, give Austin a call at 863-226-8590
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$1,200,000 - $1,400,000 One of the most iconic sports cars of all timeFeatures early bolt-on wheel arch eyebrows with body color weltingAttractively aged and well maintainedIncludes set of fitted luggageMercedes-Benz won the Carrera Panamericana in 1952 with a W194 300 SL coupe driven by Karl Kling. The number one importer of European brand cars into the U.S. at the time was Max Hoffman, based in New York City. Mercedes-Benz racing success prompted Hoffman to approach the company with the idea of using the tube frame of the W194, along with its high-performance three-liter engine and unique roof-hinged doors to create a road car based on it. It was a radical proposal, but Hoffman had a highly developed sense for the U.S. market and backed up his suggestion with his checkbook. He placed an order for a thousand luxury high-performance coupes based on a more refined version of the W194.What Hoffman proposed was a relatively direct transformation of the multi-tube framed W194, retaining its roof-hinged doors, tall, wide sills, 45-degree canted triple-carbureted single overhead camshaft inline six, and fully independent suspension with more civilized accoutrements. The engineers at Mercedes-Benz improved the car further with the addition of the first direct mechanical fuel-injection system ever offered in a production automobile. Introduced at the February 1954 New York Auto Show, the 300 SL was enthusiastically received by the public and the automotive press.The sensational curved doors of the 300 SL soon brought it the nickname Gullwing, which has stuck for well over half a century and been mimicked by many lesser automobiles hoping to emulate the 300 SL s mystique. The body design was refined for the street and added eyebrow moldings over the wheel wells to signal an association with Mercedes-Benz s later race cars. The driving position, steering wheel location, controls, and instruments visibility were carefully refined by Mercedes-Benz engineers to make the driving experience of the 300 SL most rewarding.Mercedes-Benz would go on to produce 1,400 300 SL Gullwings over the next three years. The majority were sold through Max Hoffman in North America, validating both the reality of his vision and returning many times over the confidence he showed in backing its development.Documents reveal that this 300 SL, chassis no. 5500154, was originally delivered in March 1955 to Brussels, Belgium. This car is somewhat unusual in that it is equipped with a number of features that were primarily found on the earlier 1954 models, but as the changes were gradual, some 1955 cars were built with earlier features. Most notable for this car are the bolt-on wheel arch eyebrows with body color welting, as the later style were welded in place and the seams filled with lead. This car also features the early-type Bendix Treadle-Vac brake booster, and it is optioned with items such as bumper guards, Becker radio, and SWF windscreen washer. Other desirable accessories include fitted luggage and dual Hella reversing lights.According to the Mercedes-Benz data card and the 300 SL Registry, 5500154 was originally finished in DB180 silver-grey over a blue fabric interior. Importantly, it retains its original engine, no. 5500154. Little is known of the car s earliest history in Belgium, though records indicate that in the 1970s it was registered to Mr. Richard H. Grant of Dayton, Ohio. A copy of Mr. Grant s title shows he purchased the SL in 1975 from Herbert E. Von Fragstein, also of Dayton. Mr. Grant owned the SL for a number of years, and it is believed that during his stewardship, the 300 SL was cosmetically restored and the color changed to DB534 Red, which was a factory-offered color. Grant ultimately sold the Gullwing in 1993, when it joined the collection of the next long-term owner, where it has remained until recently.The interior was restored some time ago using factory-style natural tan leather and correct-type square-weave carpeting, all of which presents in good condition. It includes fitted luggage, a side window storage pouch, original-type Becker radio, and correct original ivory Bakelite steering wheel. Driven sparingly in recent years, it has been properly maintained and possesses a faint but charmingly elegant patina. Original chrome bumpers wear optional over-riders which, along with the rest of the brightwork, remain in very good order both front and rear. Wheels are the correct factory original bolt-on magnesium/alloy wrapped in Avon Turbosteel tires and fitted with correct color-keyed hubcaps. This legendary Mercedes-Benz is ideally suited for rallies, touring, or club events. The 300 SL Gullwing is widely considered one of the cars every collector must own and experience. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$1,100,000 - $1,250,000 Finished in its stunning original colors of Graphite Grey over red leatherRetains its original matching-numbers engineRestored by CB Restorations in 2009Sparingly driven since, though properly maintained and exercisedIncludes tool set and spare tireThe introduction of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was a hugely important moment for Mercedes-Benz and served to further cement the company s position as the market leader in race-bred, performance automobiles. Massively ahead of its time, the 300 SL utilized an innovative space-frame chassis coupled with a highly advanced, fuel-injected engine, the first of its kind fitted to a production car. It was crowned the fastest performance car in the world upon its introduction and could handedly outrun any other car on sale at the time.The car was conceived by American Mercedes-Benz importer Max Hoffman, who believed that a road-legal version of Mercedes-Benz s successful W194 racer would be profitable and that the unique style and performance of such a car would resonate well with his American clients. Mercedes-Benz took Hoffman up on his idea, and so it was only natural that the new 300 SL would premiere at the New York Auto Show in 1954. The 300 SL coupe quickly earned the nickname Gullwing for its distinctive roof-hinged doors, and the public fell in love with the car, not only for its breathtaking design, but also for its earth-shattering performance.Looking to expand upon his success with the Gullwing coupe, Hoffman thought that a convertible version of the 300 SL would also sell quite well, and the 300 SL Roadster was introduced in 1957. Of course, as the 300 SL would lose its top, engineers had to reinforce and modify the space-frame chassis to fit conventionally hinged doors. Through lowering the height of the chassis, this simultaneously allowed for greater ease of entry. Cosmetic changes were minor and included a smaller grille opening and dual chrome strips along the side sills, giving the car a more streamlined and glamorous look. At the rear, the spare tire was repositioned below the trunk floor, necessitating a smaller fuel tank but also maintaining reasonable luggage space. These revisions to the roadster added some 250 lbs. to the total weight of the car, mostly due to the convertible top.Looking to keep the speed and performance of the closed 300 SL for the new roadster despite its gain in weight, Mercedes-Benz fitted the more sporting NSL engine of the coupe to all roadsters as standard equipment. This made the roadster capable of top speeds that ranged from 133 to 155 mph, depending on the final drive ratio specified. However, the stunning performance and design of the 300 SL Roadster did not come cheap, at a list price of $11,000; but it was worth every penny. Ownership of a 300 SL implied an exquisite taste in engineering and aesthetics, and it was the ultimate automotive statement. Naturally, many found homes in the garages of celebrities, racing drivers, and other successful individuals with an appreciation for fine automobiles.This beautiful roadster was originally finished in very desirable Graphite Grey over a red leather interior, the same combination it sports today. The Gull Wing Group s Roadster Register notes the first owner as Donald J.G. Leek of Hammonton, North Dakota. In 1974, the 300 SL passed to Arthur S. Kleimer of Edison, New Jersey, at which point the roadster is noted as having been repainted blue. Kleimer retained the roadster for over two decades before selling it to Russell Moran in Wheatridge, Colorado, in 1998. Moran then sold the car shortly thereafter to John P. Herrlin in Mendham. At this time the car was noted as having been refinished in red. Herrlin maintained the 300 SL for approximately 10 years before it was acquired by CB Restorations, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, on behalf of the current owner. CB Restorations proceeded to completely restore the car, including refinishing the SL in its original and arresting color combination of Graphite Grey and red leather interior. Since completion, the roadster has been sparingly used though routinely and properly maintained while stored in their private collection. The owner notes that they have driven their roadster for approximately 1,000 miles since acquiring it in 2009. However, it has always been maintained in a climate-controlled facility and properly serviced and exercised as needed. Included with the car is a correct reproduction tool set and spare wheel and tire. The 300 SL Roadster has become every bit as desirable as its famous Gullwing sibling, and similarly to the Jaguar E-Type, no enthusiast s stable is complete without one. This very early example, long treasured by enthusiasts and maintained as an excellent driver, would be an ideal acquisition for the lady or gentleman who thrills in the sport of driving.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
Price:$1,300,000 Long-term ownership since 1999Original matching-numbers engine Award-winning restoration by Automotive RestorationsDocumented with restoration invoices and photographsWinner of 2010 and 2016 Greenwich Concours Most Outstanding Mercedes-Benz AwardIncludes original two-piece luggage setFew sports cars in the history of the automobile have attained the iconic status of Mercedes-Benz s celebrated 300 SL coupe . . . and for good reason. Few sports cars combine the peerless racing heritage and truly innovative design and engineering of Stuttgart s post-war debut. First appearing in 1952 as the W194 sports racer, the 300 SL was intended to return Mercedes-Benz to competition relevance and was notable for its advanced lightweight space-frame chassis; the disadvantage to such a construction was it was much more space-consuming. In order to allow quick and easy access to the cockpit, the 300 SL gained its most notable feature: the roof-hinged doors. This unique feature earned the model its eventual nickname, the Gullwing. More so, it is equipped with a retuned version of engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut s inline six-cylinder engine, already used in the production 300 sedans, W194 dominated the racing scene. With victories at the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Carrera Panamericana, the 1952 300 SL W194 attained legendary status a cachet that was not lost on the U.S. importer Max Hoffman. Since renowned for his savvy of the emerging American market for European sports cars during the 1950s, Hoffman made considerable efforts to convince Mercedes-Benz that a strong niche existed for a road-going series-production version of the 300 SL race car. His plea did not fall on deaf ears, and consequently the company introduced a luxurious new take on the racing Gullwing at the 1954 International Motor Sports Show in New York. In addition to a more luxurious cabin upholstered in leather, the road-going 300 SL, classified as the W198, featured a number of improvements over its racing forebear, including gull-wing doors that were cut substantially lower for easier entry and exit. The road car also significantly improved on the race car s power output by employing mechanical fuel injection, good for an additional 44 hp and a claimed top speed of 150 mph (depending on specified final ratio). The model is notable as the first production automobile to feature the since widely copied method of fuel induction. After the W198 commenced production in August 1954, numerous subtle mechanical developments were undertaken during the course of the first year, including a re-designed clutch assembly, a revised position for the shifter, and adoption of Daimler-Benz s proprietary recirculating-ball steering system. Gearing ratios were also adjusted, with the final drive ratio of 3.64:1 eventually made a standard specification, while other ratios were available as options. Offered here is an early 1955 model, delivered to Hoffman s New York dealership in March of that year. With only 51,198 miles on the odometer, this Gullwing has been kept as the prize jewel it so clearly is. Records show that it spent some time in California, later in the ownership of Carl deBickero, before being sold to John W. Hamilton. The current owner purchased the 300 SL in 1999 before embarking upon a thorough restoration to concours condition. Performed by Connecticut-based Automotive Restorations, the comprehensive work returned this 300 SL to its original and classic colors of Silver (DB180) with the desirable blue-grey plaid interior (L1). Since completion, the restoration has won chassis 5500099 Greenwich Concours Most Outstanding Mercedes-Benz Award twice, in 2010 and 2016. Incredibly handsome, from the garage of a true collector, this 1955 Gullwing even comes with its original matching two-piece luggage. Complete records and photographs of the restoration are on file, and all documents during current ownership prove this Gullwing has seen nothing but the best care over the past two decades. Produced in a modest quantity of 1,374 examples over a three-year production run, the 300 SL coupe has evolved into one of the most collectible sports cars ever built, and perhaps the most historically important sporting model ever produced by Mercedes-Benz. It could be said that no collection is truly complete without one especially one as on the button as this example.To view this car and others currently available, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/home/private-sales/.
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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Paris event, 6 February 2019. Just three owners, including single ownership for 44 yearsRetains its original engine, gearbox and differentialRestored in its original coloursOffered with original service book, instruction manuals and spare parts bookFollowing the incredible success of the 300 SL Gullwing, Mercedes-Benz was eager to add a convertible version to its line-up. A prototype of this new model was spotted in the summer of 1956, whilst the production model would debut at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show. By the end of that year, the final 70 of the 1,400 coup s and the first 618 of the 300 SL Roadsters were assembled.Along with a convertible top, the 300 SL brought a host of advancements to its predecessor. The central section of the Gullwing s space-frame chassis was lowered, the sills were smaller, and the doors were enlarged to allow improved entrance and egress. Strength was maintained, with the addition of diagonal struts, which braced the lowered side sections to the rear tubular members. Revised suspension allowed for a more comfortable ride and improved handling. At the rear, the spare tyre was repositioned below the boot floor, necessitating a smaller fuel tank but also maintaining reasonable luggage space. Whilst these revisions added some 113 kg, with the majority of the weight being associated with the convertible top and its mechanisms, the car remained an excellent performer, with a claimed 137-mph top speed.Just like the coup , the Roadster proved to be the vehicle of choice for those with exceptional taste. Many featured in the garages of celebrities, racing drivers and other successful individuals. With a list price of $11,000, ownership of a 300 SL Roadster was a dream to most, but to those with the funds to spare, the car was worth every penny. For those looking to make a statement with the purchase of a new car, there was no better option available in 1957.This magnificent 300 SL Roadster was delivered to its first owner in the U.S. during 1957 with a range of options, including the fire engine red exterior (534), light grey interior (955), drivers side mirror, fog lights, safety belts on both seats and a Becker Mexico radio. The first owner would retain the car until 1960. While the first few years of this car s life are not well known, it is understood that the car resided in Hollywood and had covered just a few thousand kilometres by 1960, when it was acquired from a dealer by its second owner. Between 1960 and 1974, this second owner was unafraid to use his 300 SL as intended, adding around 100,000 km before it was consigned to a warm and dry garage a place it would remain for the next 30 years. In 2004, this 300 SL Roadster was acquired by the consignor (just its third owner) and was immediately serviced, with brakes, tyres and other consumables replaced as necessary, prior to its importation to Finland. The consignor exercised his 300 SL Roadster prior to its transportation to Germany, where it would be fully restored, retaining and repairing original components where possible and replacing where necessary. In total, around 3,800 hours of work was undertaken, over a period of one and a half years. The restoration included the addition of European-specification headlights. During November 2017, this 300 SL Roadster was sent for a full evaluation by Classic Data, with a detailed report on file, highlighting its exceptional condition and the originality of many of the components. In addition to this report, original service books and instruction manuals accompany the vehicle.When it comes to 300 SL Roadsters, there are beautifully restored examples, and there are cars that are well sorted for fast driving. Offered here is the best of both worlds.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.
1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL CONVERTIBLEVIN: WDBFA61E0PF071838This car comes with the original window sticker from Mercedes Benz, which shows the original MSRP of $85,800.The interior is in overall good condition however the leather on the seats are showing drying and cracking (see pictures). This car also comes with a set of vinyl seat covers on the seats. This SL comes with two tops. Soft top needs mechanical repair and the hard top needs a new headliner. Work order history included as well. Florida car.The asking price is $7,500 but serious offers will be considered. If you have a genuine interest, please call with your questions: Call Steve Wolf directly 561-289-4415Main Office: 561-498-5600Steve Saffer: 561-436-3131
1986 Mecedes 300SL, European model private import, collectible, 6 cylinder, 74k mileage, automatic transmission, excellent condition hard to find, cold a/c, soft and hard top in new condition.
Stunning Black 1959 Mercedes Benz SL300 Roadster Convertible.Matching Numbers. One of a Kind! Private collection.Car was purchased at the Gooding Auction Scottsdale AZ 2015Show quality!You wont be disappointed This beautifully restored 300SL Roadster was delivered new in 1959 to official North American Mercedes-Benz importer, Max Hoffman, in New York City. According to Gullwing Group records, its first-known owner was a Mr. Leonhardt of St. Louis Missouri. Mr. Leonhardt owned the car until 1983 at which time it had accrued 53,000 miles since new. The second owner, also of Missouri, was a Mr. Schwent who reportedly chased the car for several years and ultimately was able to buy it from Mr. Leonhardt. Over the next two years, the Roadster was restored and given a very 1980s color scheme of Fire Engine Red with a red interior and a black top. Strangely, after chasing the car for so many years and then restoring it, Mr. Schwent sold the car in 1985 to car collector, sports-team owner and business turnaround specialist, Floyd Hall. The transaction was facilitated by John Olson of the SL Market Letter. Over the next 28 years of ownership, Mr. Hall added just over 20,000 miles to the odometer. In 2013 when Mr. Halls car was advertised via Olsons SL Market Letter, the roadster had just received a full mechanical rebuild that included the brake system, engine and gearbox. After the car was purchased from Mr. Hall, it was stripped to bare metal and given a full cosmetic restoration that returned it to its very desirable factory livery of DB 040 (black) over a Red Leather interior and a black soft top. The work was entrusted to world-renowned 300SL expert, Rudi Koniczek, of Victoria, B.C. During the lengthy and careful restoration, "blackie," as it was called in the shop had all of its chrome re-plated, a complete new interior installed, the gauges were rebuilt and restored. The convertible top assembly was restored as well and the engine and gearbox were removed, serviced and detailed and re-installed with a new clutch. The 300 SLs cosmetic presentation is to concours standards and looks today just as it did when the work was completed in 2014. It has been lightly exercised over the past few years and just as one would expect with a restoration done by a specialist, no problems have appeared.
1990 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster Vintage Mercedes, like this used 300SL, are the perfect combination of old-world luxury and universal appeal. Fast, luxurious, stylish and built like a Panzer tank, theyre often the first choice of many classic car collectors who like to both show and drive their metal. With no collision or major body damage this rock-solid Benz presents nicely. Consigner stated 82,590 miles are showing on this well used SL. An all original car that shows the passage of time, and use, with patina, blemishes, and a few dents and dings. Mechanically sound, and beautiful interior which is very clean. An undercarriage that looks rust free, this is the perfect car if youre one of those Daimler diehards whos looking for the ultimate in old school, its a nice find! Exterior Desert Red Metallic with some spots, a few dents and lots of patina would benefit from a thorough buffing. All exterior lighting is functional, and the headlight wipers appear to be nonfunctioning. A removable hardtop, which can reveal a convertible top has the advantage of giving you essentially 3 different cars in one. Trunk is clean and only real frown is the air dam below the front bumper has been cracked. Interior The highlight of this car, in that it presents in beautiful condition. Typically, an interior of this color will show massive dirt, and wear, but this one remains very nice. All leather, all tan, and throw in a little bit of burl accenting to warm things up, and you have the perfect German cocoon. Conveniences are seen in the form of power windows and door locks, cruise control, delay wipers, climate control, and a Sony stereo Drivetrain Seen in the fairly clean engine bay is the 3.0 Liter inline 6-cylinder engine. A 5-speed automatic transmission, independent front and rear suspension, and a reasonable to age of car undercarriage. Some maintenance will be required notable with a test drive here at Classic Auto Mall.
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing: The 5th from last 300SL Coupe Ever Produced This 1957 300SL Gullwing Chassis number 7500071 was the fifth from last 300 SL coupe produced and, as such, has all of the most desirable late-production features, as well as the optional Becker Mexico radio and full leather upholstery. It was originally delivered to 28-year-old Donald H. Bueermann of Portland, Oregon, later passing to fellow Portland resident Howard Hanna, as recorded in Eric LeMoines 300 SL Register. In the early 1960s, it moved to Washington State in the ownership of young Arthur L.W. True, heir to a Spokane oil fortune and a well-known figure in Pacific Northwest sports car circles. Mr. True was a particular fan of Ferraris and is famous for his custodianship of the unrestored 250 TR, chassis number 0704 TR. Sadly, True passed away in 1967 at the age of 35. His family subsequently donated several of his outstanding automobiles, including the 250 TR and this Gullwing, to the Henry Ford Museum of Dearborn, Michigan. The museum found the Gullwing outside their needs and, within a year, had sold it to the last owner, a resident of Jackson, Michigan.While the owner enjoyed his 300 SL, he never had a place to maintain it in the conditions it demanded, and so it has spent its life since 1968 on display in two different museums. For the past few decades, its home has been the Special Interest Gallery of the ACD Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where it has been viewed by many hundreds of thousands of visitors to that legendary facility. In fact, for many Midwestern 300 SL enthusiasts, it was their very first in-person view of a Gullwing.Such superb surroundings have helped the 300 SL survive in exceptionally original condition. Much of the Fire Engine Red finish (534) has been redone, as-necessary over passing years, but is still present on the factory hubcaps. The original Cream upholstery was quickly surface-dyed black decades ago, but remains intact, and there are no tears or scratches. All of the 36,375 actual miles recorded at the time of cataloging were added prior to 1968. The car is still equipped with its original Michelin spare, as well as two of the three original belly pans.There are almost no other Gullwings that have survived in the condition of this car, and fewer still that have been continuously admired and beloved by so many, for so long, firing the imagination. For three decades, visitors to one of Americas foremost automotive museums have had the opportunity to envision mastering the art. Chassis No. 198.040.7500071 Engine No. 198.980.7500075 Body No. 198.040.7500068 Exhibited for four decades at various Indiana museums Never restored Formerly owned by noted West Coast sportsman Arthur L.W. True A thrilling opportunity to acquire one of the most original surviving GullwingsPrice: $1,295,000 Firm
1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster This 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster is a matching numbers vehicle. Offered in cream with a red leather interior, originally born with silver. Same owner for last 30 yrs. Great driver, Mechanically excellent. This would be the first time being publically offered in 30 years. Very presentable driver. Matching Numbers Same Owner for 30 years First time offered to the publicFor only $1,075,000 FIRM
Chassis No. 198.040.5500548Engine No. 198.980.5500575Body No. 198.040.5500529The car offered here is recorded in both the Gull Wing Group and Eric LeMoine 300 SL Registers as having been completed on July 27, 1955, finished in Ivory (DB 608) with a Red leather (1079) interior. Unlike the majority of U.S.-delivery Gullwings, which were imported through Max Hoffman in New York City, this car was sent west as a special order through the distributor in Los Angeles. A subsequent long-term owner included Ottmar Thomas of Visalia, California. He owned the car from 1972 until 1990 when the Gullwing was acquired by Paul Russell & Company. It was later purchased by the well-known racing driver and Mercedes-Benz restorer Lothar Motsenbacher.Before joining the collection of its present owner some years ago, the car was repainted the famous Mercedes-Benz Silver (DB 180), a finish that it still wears today. Aside from that older repaint the car appears very original and surviving in its beautiful patina. The car over all is correct and honest, without the overdone polish of many restored examples. The heritage and flavor of this 300 GullWing speaks volumes for itself and how the car was maintained by its previous owners. The interior is as worn-in and welcoming as one could wish for in Original Mercedes Condition. Carpeting behind the rear seats has been replaced, but the original white steering wheel shows wonderful patina. Giving insight to the enjoyment of driving this car must have brought to the owners. Restored 300 SL Gullwings dominate today’s market, and can be found priced as high as 2-3 Million. There is something to be said, however, for an automobile that has been selectively refinished only as necessary!! Preserving so much of its original authenticity and character reminds the connoisseur of what once was, the Gullwings of the “enthusiast era” in the 1960s and 1970s when they were all broken-in, simple and dependable. Many people believe this brings much more joy of ownership to drive and experience on the road instead of a show field. The car offered is one such example, and it awaits a new owner to enjoy it as-is, with all of its considerable charm intact. Born anew this car is hands down is one exciting car, that can be owned at a fraction of the cost of a mint frame off example.Call or Text David Cell# at 619-451-2130 or Office# at 619-515-2220 email us at sales@Pmautos.com or visit www.PMautos.com
1990 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Hard Top Convertible. For sale 1990 Mercedes 300 SL hard top convertible with soft top included Florida car with 46405 original miles No rust no dings or scratches Engine runs like new Tires excellent Radio AC Grey exterior Grey interior Leather Interior No scratches tears or stains Must see. Located in Saunderstown RI. Financing Nationwide Shipping And Warranties Available To Qualified Buyers This vehicle is located in: Saunderstown, RI Stock Number: C179752L
PROVENANCE Herbert von Karajan, Salzburg, Austria (acquired new in 1955) John Kinzerling, Switzerland Vernon Barbero, San Bruno, California (acquired by 1964) Current Owner (acquired from the above) THIS CAR Mercedes-Benz redefined the technological abilities of road-going sports cars when it introduced the 300 SL Gullwing in 1954. Stuttgart built 1,400 Gullwings through 1957, and the public revered them from the start. Their allure and mystique remains just as strong today. According to a copy of its factory build sheet, this particular Gullwing, chassis 5500378, was ordered new by the acclaimed Austrian virtuoso Herbert von Karajan. Widely regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, the maestro, who headed the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, enjoyed worldwide fame; his recordings have sold approximately 200 million copies. Mr. Karajan made his conducting debut in 1929 at age 21, and he enjoyed the spoils of his success. In 1938, he purchased his first sports car, a 1938 BMW 328 Roadster, which he used in competitive motor rallies. He soon developed a love for fast, stylish, well-engineered automobiles, and in June 1955, he took delivery of his specially ordered Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. The conductor had specified the car with Rudge knock-off wheels and the unusual color combination of White Grey (DB 158) paint with a red plaid cloth interior. Mr. Karajan had map nets fitted within the recesses of the car s headliner, perhaps to hold the sheet music of his current project. These unique overhead nets can be seen in a series of photographs of Mr. Karajan with the Gullwing, taken in the mid-1950s. Mr. Karajan s name later became synonymous with Porsche, as he owned several important examples, but other cars in his stable included a Ford GT40 Mk III, a Ferrari 275 GTB, and a Lancia Stratos. His tenure with the Gullwing is not currently known, and the Gull Wing Group lists John Kinzerling as the subsequent owner. After 5500378 was imported to the US, it was acquired by Vernon Barbero of Northern California. His date of acquisition cannot be pinpointed; however, Mr. Barbero s earliest registration card that remains with the car is dated 1964, and his extensive handwritten maintenance notes begin soon thereafter in 1965. Under his ownership, the Gullwing was originally issued early series California black license plates, which were later replaced by the mid-series six-digit blue plates that are pictured on the car. In the 1970s, Mr. Barbero had the Gullwing restored and, although further details of the work are unknown, the car continues to present well today. It is believed that Mr. Barbero exhibited the Gullwing for a short time at local concours in the San Francisco Bay Area before committing it to long-term storage at his home near San Bruno. The last annual registration sticker was applied in 1984; however, Mr. Barbero s notes record a biannual starting regimen that continued through early 1993. When Mr. Barbero s garage door was opened in 2018, likely for the first time in decades, 5500378 was discovered under several covers and blankets, beautifully preserved, save for the extensive cracking of its lacquer paint, and long-flat Continental bias-ply tires. Closer inspection reveals an engine compartment that is especially tidy, bellypans in place, and wheel wells that are free of road dirt. Even the map nets, originally installed for Mr. Karajan, remain on the car. The chassis, body, and engine stampings match the factory build sheet, although the removable aluminum data plate, for an unknown reason, belongs to an earlier Gullwing. The long-sequestered Mercedes-Benz was recently returned to running order by a mechanic particularly experienced with the 300 SL model. After nearly 30 gallons of old gasoline were drained from the fuel tank and the braking, charging, and lubrication systems were serviced, the Gullwing roared back to life and settled to a smooth idle, followed by a short drive. Due to its long period of static storage, further mechanical work will be required before any road use. While the decades-old Continental tires, with their distinctive sidewall pattern, will require immediate replacement, they still hold air. Today, this special Gullwing, with its fascinating history, stands ready to rejoin the worldwide 300 SL community, where it will most certainly be greeted with well-deserved curiosity and enthusiasm.
PROVENANCE Arthur Avignon, Washington, D.C. (acquired new in 1963) Harvey Skip Berg, Tiburon, California (acquired from the above in 1979) Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2012) THIS CAR Between 1957 and 1963, a total of 1,858 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadsters were built, each a showcase of the marque s exceptional engineering, styling, and build quality. Throughout production, the most notable upgrades included the addition of four-wheel disc brakes, beginning with chassis 2780 in 1961, as well as aluminum engine blocks, beginning with chassis 3049 in 1962. During the final months of 300 SL production, the last 210 cars built received a newly developed alloy engine block, which offered a substantial weight savings over the conventional steel block. The new engine was about 50 pounds lighter; that decreased burden over the front axle, combined with the reduced unsprung weight of the disc brake system, improved steering and handling response. These final Roadsters represent the end of an era, as the last body-on-frame passenger cars to be constructed by the Mercedes-Benz factory. The late-production Roadster presented here, featuring disc brakes and alloy block, was acquired new in 1963 by Arthur Avignon, who was then living in the Washington, D.C., area. In the late 1970s, nearby Mercedes-Benz specialist Bob Platz was contacted by Harvey Skip Berg of Northern California, who was looking for an exceptional Roadster to add to his collection and an opportunity to recapture a fond memory of his younger years; in the early 1960s, he had been given an unforgettable ride in a new white over red 300 SL Roadster at the San Francisco Auto Show. Mr. Platz knew of Mr. Avignon s car, and that it was a late-production example, retaining its original engine, with extremely low mileage after sitting idle for much of the previous decade. Mr. Platz recalled brokering the deal between the two enthusiasts, including the unexpected complication posed when Mr. Avignon demanded that the price be paid in cash. The then-princely sum of $29,000 required trips to numerous local banks to amass. With the purchase complete, Mr. Berg retained Mr. Platz to refurbish the Roadster, which at that point had logged 4,711 miles. The work included a full refinish in White (DB 50) from the Roadster s original Cream (DB 608), as well as re-chroming the bumpers and miscellaneous mechanical work. Mr. Berg would keep the 300 SL for the next 33 years, adding fewer than 10,000 miles in that span. During his ownership, Mr. Berg upgraded his Roadster with a set of Bosch European headlights as well as a three-spoke, wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel. In 2012, the Roadster was acquired by the consignor, who added it to his collection of important postwar sports cars. At the time of cataloguing, less than 700 additional miles had been accrued during his six years with the car. A coveted rarity among 300 SL Roadsters is this car s two-piece set of color-matched fitted luggage. Unlike the Gullwing, which carried its luggage on a parcel shelf in the passenger compartment, the Roadster luggage set was designed for maximum volume within the confines of the trunk. The gently worn appearance of the red leather luggage complements the factory-original red interior superbly. Inside the luggage, the familiar tartan lining, white packing straps, and riveted aluminum Karl Baisch identification tag are wonderfully intact. Emblematic of their popularity with collectors, similar luggage sets have been reported to sell to 300 SL owners for as much as $50,000. The prized aspects of this 300 SL place it among the ranks of the most important Roadsters in existence. Built in the final months of production, with the most desirable specifications, chassis 3228 is one of the lowest-mileage examples known. Its hardtop, fitted luggage, and beautifully preserved interior set it even further apart. This Roadster retains the rare characteristics of factory assembly, preserving its original build quality. In largely undisturbed condition, this is a 300 SL that can be enjoyed just as it presents today. As the majority of the remaining original-engine, alloy-block Roadsters reside with veteran Gull Wing Group members and in private collections, where they are unlikely to come to market in the foreseeable future, this truly outstanding example represents a rare opportunity that is worthy of serious consideration.
PROVENANCE Burklein Motors, Los Angeles, California (acquired by 1963) Cyril Mischler, Scottsdale, Arizona (acquired from the above in 2009) Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2013) EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS Mercedes-Benz National StarFest Concours d Elegance, Phoenix, Arizona, 2012 (First in Class, People s Choice Award) THIS CAR In 1957 Mercedes-Benz dramatically updated the amazing 300 SL Gullwing with open coachwork, resulting in the 300 SL Roadster. The Roadster featured a revised rear suspension, a sport-tuned camshaft, and a redesigned space frame that allowed for conventional doors. The new model was more comfortable and better performing than its predecessor, while additionally offering the thrill of open-air motoring. The Roadster has since grown to be revered by collectors as the progenitor of a popular model line that lives on to this day. This beautifully restored example of the celebrated open 300 SL is one of the earliest roadsters exported to the US, arriving only two months after American deliveries commenced. According to its factory build sheet, chassis 7500229 completed final assembly in September 1957, equipped with instruments in miles, sealed-beam headlamps, a Becker Mexico radio, and a rear-axle ratio of 1:3.89. Finished in Elfenbein (DB 608 Ivory) and trimmed with a green leather interior, the Roadster was likely retailed through a West Coast distributor. Anecdotal information suggests the Mercedes-Benz was purchased new by a dealership in Los Angeles, called Burklein Motors. Reportedly retained by Mr. Burklein, the 300 SL is documented with a 1963 California pink slip in the dealership s name that coincides with an original California black plate, which notably remains with the car. In 1967, the Burklein family reportedly moved to Arizona, and the Mercedes-Benz remained with them, experiencing mild use and consistent maintenance while being resprayed once in a lighter shade of white paint during the 1980s. In 2009, after nearly 50 years of ownership, the Burkleins sold the 300 SL to Cyril Mischler of Scottsdale, at which point the odometer displayed some 42,000 miles. Mr. Mischler immediately opted for a full restoration, retaining respected SL specialist Bill Richardson of Phoenix to conduct a comprehensive refurbishment that took four years. Illustrated with invoices, the photo-documented restoration cost in excess of $280,000, and included a full renewal of drivetrain and chassis elements as needed, in addition to a proper cosmetic refinish in the outstanding original color combination. While its as-built specifications were largely adhered to, the opportunity was taken to install Bosch European-specification headlamp lenses and bumpers without over-riders. The high level of execution was confirmed in 2012 when the Roadster won First in Class and the People s Choice Award at the Mercedes-Benz National StarFest Concours d Elegance. In August 2013, the 300 SL was sold to the consignor, a respected Southern California collector who became the car s third documented owner in 50 years. Within a few months, the new owner retained the respected marque experts at Hjeltness Restoration in Escondido, California, to address some minor interior and exterior trim items, in addition to making some mechanical adjustments. The consignor continued to dutifully maintain the car as needed, and in 2017, it returned to Hjeltness for a rebuild of its matching-numbers engine that was completed in February 2018. Accompanied by an owner s manual and tools, this Mercedes-Benz is well documented with the 1963 California pink slip, which matches the black, California license plate; restoration invoices for both the 2013 restoration and the more recent mechanical work by Hjeltness, and a CD featuring hundreds of restoration photos. The Roadster is fitted with a matching green soft top, and displayed 43,382 miles when catalogued. This sensational Mercedes-Benz continues to display the benefits of a life in the arid climate of the Southwestern US during its time in the dedicated care of just three private owners. Beautifully presented in its captivating, original colors, the Roadster is eligible for some of the most prestigious vintage tours worldwide, including the California Mille and the Colorado Grand. Unquestionably, this gorgeous example of the truly iconic 300 SL Roadster embodies the style of European sports cars of the 1950s.
This beautifully restored 300SL Roadster was delivered new in 1959 to official North American Mercedes-Benz importer, Max Hoffman, in New York City. According to Gullwing Group records, its first-known owner was a Mr. Leonhardt of St. Louis Missouri. Mr. Leonhardt owned the car until 1983 at which time it had accrued 53,000 miles since new. The second owner, also of Missouri, was a Mr. Schwent who reportedly chased the car for several years and ultimately was able to buy it from Mr. Leonhardt. Over the next two years, the Roadster was restored and given a very 1980s color scheme of Fire Engine Red with a red interior and a black top. Strangely, after chasing the car for so many years and then restoring it, Mr. Schwent sold the car in 1985 to car collector, sports-team owner and business turnaround specialist, Floyd Hall. The transaction was facilitated by John Olson of the SL Market Letter. Over the next 28 years of ownership, Mr. Hall added just over 20,000 miles to the odometer. In 2013 when Mr. Halls car was advertised via Olsons SL Market Letter, the roadster had just received a full mechanical rebuild that included the brake system, engine and gearbox. After the car was purchased from Mr. Hall, it was stripped to bare metal and given a full cosmetic restoration that returned it to its very desirable factory livery of DB 040 (black) over a Red Leather interior and a black soft top. The work was entrusted to world-renowned 300SL expert, Rudi Koniczek, of Victoria, B.C. During the lengthy and careful restoration, blackie, as it was called in the shop had all of its chrome re-plated, a complete new interior installed, the gauges were rebuilt and restored. The convertible top assembly was restored as well and the engine and gearbox were removed, serviced and detailed and re-installed with a new clutch. The 300 SLs cosmetic presentation is to concours standards and looks today just as it did when the work was completed in 2014. It has been lightly exercised over the past few years and just as one would expect with a restoration done by a specialist, no problems have appeared.