1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL RoadsterSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 8, 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 Gearbox 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Double-Wishbone Front Suspension Independent Rear Swing-Axle Suspension About this Car: Unveiled at Geneva in spring 1957, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster heralded myriad changes to the basic 300 SL design, yet maintained the sleek stylistic theme and race- bred performance of its close predecessor. Carefully refined from its lightweight, tubular space frame up, the 300 SL Roadster was at once easier to enter and exit, more comfortable, softer sprung, and better handling than the Gullwing Coupe. While the Roadster gained some 200 lbs. – mostly a consequence of the convertible top, its associated mechanisms, and additional structural bracing – a compression increase applied to US-market cars brought 10 additional hp, effectively negating the weight penalty. The snug-fitting convertible top retracted fully into a well behind the seats and was covered neatly with a metal panel, enhancing the Roadster’s sleek bodylines. As buyers expected, the 300 SL Roadster remained an excellent performer with strong acceleration and a factory-claimed 137 mph top speed, depending upon the final drive ratio. Factory-available options included a removable hardtop and special fitted luggage. Predictably, the 300 SL Roadster proved quite popular among top celebrities of the era, notably including Clark Gable, Elvis Presley, and Glenn Ford. However, despite its incalculable “halo effect,” the entire 300 SL program was not highly profitable in purely financial terms for Mercedes-Benz. During late 1963, production ended with just 1,858 of the largely hand-built cars ultimately leaving the Mercedes-Benz factory in Stuttgart. According to a copy of its original Mercedes-Benz Delivery Notice dated June 3, 1959, this 300 SL Roadster was an original US-specification example ordered by IMA, the Belgian Mercedes-Benz importer. Original equipment included back-up lights, sealed- beam headlamps, Michelin tires, and a Becker Mexico radio. During its earlier history, a Mercedes-Benz factory-supplied replacement engine, numbered 198.010.1097150, replaced the original unit. During 2000 and at just 24,151 km showing on the odometer, noted restorers Paul Russell and Company of Essex, Massachusetts, completely rebuilt the engine. Other work performed by the revered restorers at the time included rebuilding of the fuel injection pump, generator, starter, and water pump. Additionally, the fuel tank, along with its associated hoses and fuel pump, were restored, as was the radiator, while the coolant hoses were replaced. Other items of note include the installation of a new oil tank, the fitting of an all-new wiring harness, and the rebuilding of the power brake booster. Receipts totalling nearly $80,000 accompany the sale of the car. Just under 1,200 additional kilometers have been travelled since this work. Handsomely finished in red with a tan interior, the 300 SL continues to benefit from an older restoration. Properly cared for and stored, it presents very well despite the passage of time. Most recently, the car received attention to the braking system and a tune-up. Highly presentable and offered at auction complete with its Mercedes-Benz factory hardtop, convertible top, service records, plus copies of the original Mercedes-Benz data card, and Delivery Notice, this 300 SL Roadster is a very impressive and solid driver-quality example of this rare and storied breed. As such, it is certain to continue to provide an incredible open-air driving experience and myriad opportunities for its next caretaker to enjoy it on the most desirable classic rallies and touring events, where its still-impressive power, performance, and range will combine to provide a highly fitting and welcome entry.

Reference Number 212969

as of 3/14/2013

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Car 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
VIN 198.042.7500568 
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