1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupé (W198)SOLD
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The Mercedes Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' is one of the all time classic automotive designs. During the mid 1950's this flagship of the Mercedes Benz range was seen as heralding the emergance of the new German economy, recapturing the glories of the countries pre war dominance of Grand Prix racing. 'Gullwings' were victorious on the toughest events around the world, from Le Mans to the Carrerra Panamericana, and in road going form wowed the world with their other worldly looks and trafic stopping doors, necesitated by the sporting chassis design, but equally effective as a recognition feature, and in many ways the car's 'signature'.

Whilst the German export economy was booming , through the production of such products, there were few in the still war ravaged nation who could afford cars at all, let alone one as expensive as a Gullwing. The majority of the production went, unsurprisingly, to the United States.

There were of course a few people in Germany who retained some of their pre war fortunes, primarily aristocracy and 'old money'. One such man was Baron Ruediger von Hirschberg, of Hirschberg am Haarsee, Weilheim near Munich. Born in 1907 he was the son of Sophie, countess of Faber-Castell, a member of the family who counted amongst their interests the famous writing implement company. Baron von Hirschberg lived the life of the old German upper class, and his home has been described as a fairytale castle. In 1943 the family home was sold to the third Reich, for which it would appear the Von Hirschbergs were paid handsomly. It is perhaps unsurprising that such a man would be one of the few to be able to afford the luxurious new sportscar, and in Febuary 1955 he took delivery of this car, which he had built to his special order by the factory.

Having subsequently spent time in the Massachusetts and New Jersey areas of the United States, and having passed through the ownership of respected 300SL authority Alex Dearborn, this well presented Gullwing was restored approximately 10 years ago, since when it has formed part of a private collection. Finished in red with a complimentary tan interior, the car is presented to a very high standard throughout, with good condition chrome and a nicely detailed engine bay. This remains a stunning example of this most iconic of post war designs which are renowned for their usability and in this case benefits from a fascinating early history.

Reference Number 656

as of 6/7/2006

Car 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupé (W198)
VIN 198.040550008 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Tan 
Options Interior: Leather interior 
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