1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon1.200.000-1.400.000 EUR - Estimate

1955  Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon

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Belgian title
Chassis n° 198 040 5500448
Engine n° 198 980 5500344

- Just 38 000 miles from new
- Rare optional Rudge wheels and NSL engine
- Spectacular original condition
- Fresh from a major service from a German specialist

Reference Number 618255

as of 7/6/2020

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Car 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon
VIN 198 040 5500448 
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Known History

This 300 SL Gullwing was first delivered on 13 July 1955 to Mr Gaylord, of Chicago. It had a particularly sporty specification with the addition of Rudge centre-lock wheels, an NSL engine and other special mechanical components. A year later, the owner sold the car to Mark Lawrence, also in Chicago. Lawrence, a collector, didn't register the car and in fact hardly drove it. In 2005 when it was acquired by a European collector through Hervé Willem, this 300 SL had only covered just over 35 000 miles. The 300 SL was duly sent to Brussels to join the prestigious collection of M. Bavarey, a meticulous French enthusiast living in Belgium. Despite being in superb original condition, Baverey changed the original red colour Feuerwehr rot (n°534) to graphite grey. This work was carried out by the well-known Carrosserie Piémontaise in Brussels. The original cellulose paint was so well preserved that the car required just a light sanding before being repainted beautifully. Bavarey kept the car for four years, during which time he drove it very little. He sold it to a prominent Belgian collector who also only drove the car very sparingly for the next 14 years.

 

With its 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 racetrack. The best Mercedes engineers, bent over their drawing boards, discovered the wonderful 'gullwing' doors that gave the car its name. These were not only for show, but were required by the structure of the chassis, which ran high on the sides to maximise its strength. What was a constraint became a feature allowing the 300SL to be a dominant force on the road, where it could exceed 230 km/h safely and cover 0 to 100km/h in under 9 seconds.

 

The 300 SL on offer has been sent to the model specialist M&W Classic in Stuttgart, for a full service which included an overhaul of the injection system and a tune-up. This work cost 30 000 € and the invoice in the file lists everything that was carried out. The current mileage is 37 000 miles.

This coupé 300 SL is a rarity for several reasons. It comes with continuous history, a small number of owners, low mileage, optional Rudge wheels, the original bodywork and leather upholstery and the original NSL engine. Also included with the car are the original tools, jack and hammer and a beautifully crafted luggage set. What's more, it is included in all three editions of “ 300 SL Registry “ by Éric Lemoine. Presented in splendid condition, this is the first time this car has been offered at auction, and presents an opportunity to acquire one of the best 300 SL Gullwings in existence.

 

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