1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL RoadsterSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 2,996 CC SOHC, Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection 250 BHP at 6,200 RPM 4-Speed Manual Transmission 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Double-Wishbone Front Suspension Independent Rear Swing-Axle Suspension About this Car: The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is well known for its high performance, incomparable build quality, and peerless engineering, yet few remember that it was one of the most fashionable cars of the 1950s and 1960s. Depending on rear-axle gearing, 300 SLs were capable of astonishing performance for their day: sub-nine-second sprints to 62 mph and top speeds in excess of 155 mph. This unique combination appealed not just to die-hard sports car enthusiasts but celebrities, bon vivants, and well-heeled members of high society, attracting an exclusive clientele to Mercedes-Benz showrooms and particularly the SL Roadster. When it was first produced, the SL Roadster not only made a splash on the road, but was also a favorite in Hollywood films. Among others, the Roadster was seen in Viva Las Vegas, Our Man in Havana, and Cinderfella, always serving as an exclusive and stylish mode of transport. Given their comfort, reliability, racing heritage, and quality construction, these cars were also a favorite of the Hollywood elite. The flair and performance further enhanced the Mercedes- Benz’ appeal. During the production span of the SL Roadster, anyone who was anyone had this landmark car high on his or her list of potential sports cars to own. Offered here is one of just 1,858 roadsters produced between 1957 and 1963. Currently finished in traditional silver (DB 180) with a black leather interior and black folding top, this 300 SL is believed to have been delivered new in Switzerland and spent much of its life in Europe. It appears to have been the subject of a sympathetic restoration some years ago, which included fresh paint and leather. Under the hood, the 300 SL’s engine bay is clean, tidy, and presents with purposeful, stock finishes. Factory-original identification tags and frame stampings are present and crisp. Likewise, the trunk is well detailed with the jack properly stowed and ample luggage space. In early 2007, this roadster was imported to the US and quickly found its way to an appreciative East Coast collector. Experts Alex Finigan and David Grant inspected the roadster, and each gave it high marks. The following year, the 300 SL was sent to the Oldtimer Restoration Center in Harvard, Massachusetts, for routine maintenance. In August 2012, the owner traded 2727 to the consignor, at which time a thorough service was performed, including a compression test, changing of all fluids, and a complete electrical check. Gearshift bushings, fuel system seals, and other small but essential items were also replaced to help the car perform at its best. The paint finish and soft top remain in excellent condition, as does the 300 SL’s interior, showing the patina of a car well maintained and driven. The roadster retains its sleek and highly desirable European glass-covered headlamps, and it has been fitted with a later-model Becker multi-band radio, seat belts, period-correct Talbot outside rearview mirror, tools, and seldom-seen polished wheel trim rings. An additional asset worthy of consideration is the support of the Gull Wing Group, a highly enthusiastic organization that offers technical assistance and camaraderie to owners of 300 SLs worldwide. In 1961, Automobile Quarterly quoted British automotive technical author Lawrence Pomeroy on the 300 SL: “It’s easy to imagine driving one with pleasure ten years hence, and is one of the few cars which is worthwhile owning as an end in itself.” Indeed, a full 50 years later, this sporting and purposeful 300 SL presents its next owner with the opportunity to continue enjoying all aspects of this iconic Mercedes-Benz.

Reference Number 206564

as of 2/15/2013

Car 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
VIN 198.042-10-002727 
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