1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W198)Price Upon Request
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- Chassis 198.042.10002986
- An outstanding original example
- Equipped with disc brakes and hard top from new
- Entirely matching numbers throughout
- Single ownership for decades
- Perfect original interior
- Offered with its original books and tools
- 65,000 original miles
- European registered

Reference Number 623716

as of 8/25/2020

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81679 Munich  Fax    State  Bayern
Germany  Mobile  0033 6 7777 9999  Country  Germany Germany
Overview
Car 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W198)
VIN 198.042.10002986 
Small Series  1 of 1858 
Exterior / Interior Color      Black /      Red 
Registration German 
Condition Exceptional 
Mileage 65,000 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

THE MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER

 

Launched in 1954, the production 300 SL retained the spaceframe chassis of the racer and was powered by a 2,996cc, overhead-camshaft, inline six canted at 45 degrees to achieve a lower, more aerodynamic bonnet line. Tested by the highly respected American magazine Road & Track in 1955, the 300 SL accelerated from 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds, going on to achieve a top speed of 140mph: outstanding figures for its day. It was, arguably, the world’s first supercar.

 

During a Road and Track test in 1958, A 0-60mph time of 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 130mph were recorded, making the 300 SL Roadster one of the fastest convertibles of its time. The 300 SL Roadster sold well for a car that cost more than a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder and would out-live the 300 SL Coupé, which ceased production in 1957, by several years. Roadster production ended in 1963 after 1,858 cars had been built, and today the model is both rare and highly sought after.

 

 

THIS MOTORCAR

 

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster we are offering here is chassis 198.042.10002986 and was supplied new in 1962 for the US market. The first owner was Captain M. L. Warren of Long Island who was then a Pan Am pilot. Later on, Warren sold the car in December 1970 to another Pan Am pilot, colleague of his, Philip Psomadakis from North Carolina. Over a decade later, in November 1982, third owner Norman Fineberg from Woodbridge, CT, bought 198.042.10002986. Fineberg kept the car for nearly 30 years before it got acquired by the fourth and current owner.

 

Recently fully appraised by one of the most prominent expert for 300 SL’s, 198.042.10002986 is undoublebly one of the very best original examples in existence. Presented in an outstanding preservation condition throughout, all numbers, with no exception, are matching, which has over the years become very uncommon for this model! This magnificent example represents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the most iconic open grand tourer from the 60s and would be an ideal entrant for multiple historic events.

 

European registered. Photos: Stephan Bauer for A & S