1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupé (W198) 300SL GullwingSOLD
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This spectacular example of the classic 300SL Gullwing was fully restored in 2001 by world famous Gullwing expert Scott Grundfor and has a direct factory connection to the 1952 LeMans winning 300SL. This Gullwing has incredible performance, fitted with a factory competition “NSL” spec. 240hp engine. It is in excellent condition with very few miles of use since the restoration was completed and is one of the best performing 300SLs in the country. This car would be perfect for any of the great automobile tours and is pure pleasure to drive.

Reference Number 40490

as of 3/12/2009

Overview
Car 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupé (W198) 300SL Gullwing
VIN 4500089 
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver /      Black 
Condition Exceptional 
Mileage 39,554 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

According to factory records, this early chassis number car was a special order. It was completed in November of 1954 and shipped on December 6th of that year to its first owner in San Francisco. The car spent most of its life in the Southern California area passing through four additional owners. By the early 1980’s it was sold to a collector in Toronto Canada, and then to Grundfor in 1984. Grundfor began collecting parts for a full “body off” restoration of the car in 1984.

 

In May of 2000 the 1952 LeMans winning 300SL was also in Grundfor’s shop being prepared for shipment to the Mercedes factory. The Mercedes factory had converted the car to street specification back in the early 1960’s including removing the racing engine and installing a new production “NSL” competition specification engine. At that time most cars were licensed by their engine number so the new engine was stamped at the factory with the same number as the racing engine (M194/21). Grundfor had the original LeMans racing engine and reunited it with the LeMans chassis allowing the “NSL” engine to be used in this car (4500089).

 

The engine is a type M198 that was built by the factory to competition “NSL” specification. It has an upgraded Bosch injection pump with special jetting and a competition cam producing 240hp. Grundfor chose to install M194/12 into this car resulting in a 300SL of tremendous performance. The balance of the complete “nut and bolt” restoration was completed in 2001. The car is finished in DB180 Silver with a full black leather interior and fitted with Rudge knock-off wheels. Every mechanical component was inspected and restored where needed; the result is a 300SL that you can be driven anywhere with superb performance that out paces most 300SLs.