1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Papillon"800.000-1.000.000 EUR - Estimate

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon

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Andorra title
Chassis n° 198.040 5500696
Engine n° 198.980 5500666

- Fully restored by Kienle
- Excellent presentation, matching numbers
- Continuous history

Reference Number 512988

as of 1/17/2018

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Salon Rétromobile Hall 1  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Porte de Versailles
75015 Porte de Versailles  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
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Car 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Papillon"
VIN 198.040 5500696 
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Known History

Tubular chassis, six-cylinder engine with direct injection, dry sump, finned Alfin brakes, independent suspension and streamlined body, the Mercedes 300 SL was shaped by the race track. The top engineers at Mercedes had worked on its structure and, a marvellous discovery, the " butterfly " wings that gave the car its name were not just for show - they were the result of the chassis construction, which ran high up the sides to maximise its strength. What started as a constraint became one of the features that made this car an icon. As for performance, the 300 SL totally dominated the road. It was rare, at that time, to find a car that could exceed 230 km/h safely and could cover 0 to 100km/h in under 9 seconds.

 

Leaving the factory on 1 September 1955, the 300 SL on offer was shipped to New York on 6 September. This factory " special order " was destined for "Mercedes-Benz Distributors Inc." It was metallic light green (code 274), one of 20 painted this colour out of a total of 1 400 examples and had a red leather interior (code 1079). On 18 September 1955, this 300 SL " Gullwing " coupé was delivered to a Mr Yellen from Aurora in Illinois, before passing to the following owners: Richard Garlock, from Hanoverton (Ohio); Ted Collin, from Detroit (Michigan) during the 1960s; G. Gaspard, from Columbus (Ohio); Joseph Blancato, from Columbus (Ohio), a friend of Gaspard; Robert S. Fisher, from Fort Lee (New Jersey). In 1989, M. Fisher testified that the rear axle ratio was 3.89.

Imported into Germany at the start of the 2000s, the car was then restored by renowned German Gullwing specialists, Kienle, known for their wok in this area. Completely dismantled and restored, the car was refurbished to the highest standards in every respect. During this project, work was carried out to allow centre-lock Rudge wheels to be fitted, a desirable option giving the car an exclusive and sporty look. In 2003, the current owner acquired the car from Kienle. An amusing anecdote, he went to Germany himself to collect the Gullwing, and arrived back in Andorra, to the complete surprise of his wife and children. They were thrilled to find this car in their garage, an icon of post-war automobile production. The owner has hardly driven the car since buying it, taking part in just one rally since 2003. This Mercedes 300 SL is presented today in immaculate condition, a testament to the quality of the restoration. It is light metallic grey (code 180) with red leather interior (code 1079). A test-drive in the Pyrenees demonstrated that it runs perfectly.

In 2003, when bought by the present owner, the mileage was 59 170 km, and the odometer shows only an extra 400 km today ! Presented beautifully, this is a magnificent example, and won't fail to attract enthusiasts of this mythical model.

 

For European buyers, vehicle to be custom cleared in the EU.